211 Day!

Happy 211 Day! It’s February 11th (2/11), and 211s across the country are taking the day to get the word out about how we support our communities. Check us out on Facebook for updates about 211 Nevada County’s programs and services.

Teen Clinic in Placer County

Teen Clinic

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DATES:   3/9/16 and 5/4/16

(all are Wednesdays corresponding to TTUSD minimum days)

HOURS: 1PM-4PM Appointments are preferable, but walk-ins accepted


PHONE: 530-546-1970

*This service is only available for Placer County Residents

Sand and Sandbags Available

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services would like to remind residents that free sand and sandbags are available at three locations. 1) Next to the Nevada County Warehouse on the corner of Highway 49 and East Broad St. in Nevada City. 2) Penn Valley Fire Protection District located at 10513 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. 3) North San Juan Community Hall located at 100057 Reservoir St, North San Juan.

Residents must bring their own shovel to fill the sandbags with sand. We do request that residents only take what they plan to use for protection of their personal property.

If you are operating a vehicle, please review the following tips:

  •  Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding
  •  Do not attempt to drive (or walk) across running water more than a few inches deep
  •  Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in
  •  Avoid hydroplaning by driving slowly and keeping your tires inflated correctly

Don’t forget to accomplish the following:

  •  Clear rain gutters
  •  Repair roof leaks
  •  Cut away tree branches that could fall on your house

An important reminder for storm preparedness is to monitor a forecasted severe weather event. This can be accomplished by monitoring the local media or visiting the many weather forecast services available via the internet.

Nevada County OES will be posting updates on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nevcooes and Twitter @NevCoOES

For additional questions or comments, contact the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services at oes@co.nevada.ca.us or 530-265-1515


Friday Bingo

It’s Bingo Time at Gold Country Community Services (GCCS)
Join them every Friday for an afternoon of fun, snacks, and CASH PRIZES!!
When: Fridays at 1:00pm to 3:45pm
Cost: $2.00 ($1 for GCCS members) $0.50 for each card
Located at:
Nevada City Senior Apartments
841 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley
Any questions? Call 273-4961 or visit their website at goldcountryservices.org

Monthly Lab Tests and Screenings

Introducing a variety of affordable lab tests and screenings available monthly at two convenient locations, the Tahoe Forest Health Clinic in Truckee, California and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village, Nevada.

No appointment is necessary. Regular physical exams by your healthcare provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive healthcare.

Tests and Prices:
Complete Blood Count (without differential) – $13

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (fasting required) – $29

Lipid Panel (fasting required) – $35

Vitamin D, 25 hydroxyl – $44

Hemoglobin A1C – $28

TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone – $34

PSA, prostate specific antigen – $87

•Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to lab test

•This service is a low cost laboratory screening that is not necessarily reimbursable by your insurance company.

•Photo ID required.

•Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

•Tests are available to individuals 18 years or older.

Tahoe Forest Health Clinic
10956 Donner Pass Road Ste. 230, Truckee, CA, inside the Medical Office Building
7:00 am to 9:00 am
2015 Truckee Dates: December 9
2016 Truckee Dates: January 13, March 9, May 11, July 13, September 14,
November 9
For more information, please call: (530) 582-3277

Incline Village Community Hospital
880 Alder Avenue, Incline Village, Nevada
8:00 am to 9:00 am
2015 Incline Dates: December 11
2016 Incline Dates: February 12, April 8, June 6, August 12, October 14,
December 9
For more information, please call: (775) 833-4100

Please visit their website by clicking here.

HIV Testing

Nevada County Public Health Department  offers free, confidential, rapid HIV testing on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at its Grass Valley office located at 500 Crown Point Circle. In addition to finding out their HIV status, individuals who test negative will receive counseling about strategies to reduce their risk, while those whose test results show a preliminary positive will receive an immediate referral to the County’s HIV Case Manager who will connect them with the resources they need to live with HIV and prevent further transmission of the virus.  If you have questions, please call (530) 265-1228.

The NorCal AIDS Cycle is a bicycle ride fundraiser in which cyclists ride hundreds of miles through Northern California to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS service providers in the Sacramento Valley and beyond. This generous award combined with last year’s award of $16,000 has allowed NCPHD to offer free and confidential HIV Testing.

For more information about the NorCal AIDS Cycle, please go to their website located at http://norcalaidscycle.org/.  For more information about NCPHD’s HIV-AIDS services, please go to http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/hhsa/ph/Pages/HIV-Testing-in-Nevada-County.aspx.

Grandparents of Preschoolers Playgroup (GPOPS)

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Looking for a social and educational playgroup for a preschooler?  Sierra Nevada Children’s Services offers the GPOPS Playgroup for grandparents, friends, and neighbors with preschoolers on Tuesday from 10:30 am – noon at 420 Sierra College Drive,  Suite 100, in Grass Valley.  To register and for more information, please call Jessica Lime at 530-272-8866, x207.

Cold Weather Shelter (CWS) Information

​With a wet winter predicted this year, the City of Nevada City, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, Sierra Roots, the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency, the Nevada County Food Bank, Hospitality House, and Divine Spark, have agreed to extend last year’s Cold Weather Shelter (CWS) operating agreement through May 1, 2017. The goal of the CWS is to provide emergency shelter to homeless citizens of Nevada City on winter nights when the temperature is below 28 degrees, heavy rains are expected, or there is snow on the ground. The Salvation Army is the lead agency for activating the CWS and, after consultation with partners including Nevada City and Sierra Roots, will make a decision to open the shelter by 4 p.m. on the night the shelter is to be opened. The CWS will be operated by volunteer staff trained in a partnership between the Salvation Army and Sierra Roots. These organizations will also coordinate the transportation of citizens to the CWS.

The decision to open the CWS is based on weather forecasts for that night and the ability to have volunteers available to operate the shelter.  Participants in the CWS will be fed with food donated by the Nevada County Food Bank. The Health and Human Service Agency will coordinate distribution of the day’s official weather forecast from the Office of Emergency Services, assist with health screenings and provide eligibility services as needed. Hospitality House will coordinate referrals to the CWS for citizens when capacity or eligibility into their facility dictates.

For additional information about the Cold Weather Shelter, please contact the following:

Or call 211!

Veterans Choice Program & Western Sierra Medical Clinic

Western Sierra Medical Clinic has been approved as a registered health care provider for the Veterans Choice Program, and has started offering much closer-to-home health services to thousands of veterans in the region.  Under the new program, the Veterans Affairs allows Western Sierra to handle many health care services for veterans who live more than 40 miles away or must wait more than 30 days for an appointment at the closest VA medical facilities in Sacramento or Reno.

Western Sierra, the largest outpatient health care provider in Nevada County, is offering numerous health services, including medical and behavioral health, to the 10,500-plus veterans in the region.  You can learn more about Western Sierra Medical Clinic at www.wsmcmed.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WesternSierraMedicalClinic.

The Veterans Choice Program ends Dec. 31, 2017, or when the $10 billion in funding is depleted.  Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program should call 866-606-8198 to confirm eligibility.


Moving Beyond Depression

MBD-LogoMoving Beyond Depression is an evidence-based approach to identifying and treating perinatal depression in women participating in a home visitation program, and provides free and convenient in-home treatment program.  Women are screened for perinatal depression throughout their time in home visitation, and services are provided in eastern and western Nevada County.

15 weekly therapy sessions are provided by a licensed therapist with a one month follow-up booster session, and therapist will assess whether mother is eligible for services.  Mother needs to be 16 years of age or older, and sessions are available in Spanish.

For more information, please contact Donna Fry, MBD Program Manager @ 530-265-1491

New Urgent Care Service

Western Sierra Medical Clinic will expand its urgent care service beginning August 24, 2015, providing access to health care providers for non-emergency treatment for minor injuries and illnesses.

The urgent care service will offer no-appointment-needed, same-day health care. All people are welcome, regardless of their income level. Most insurance plans will be accepted, including private, Veterans, Medicare and Medi-Cal.

Urgent care will be available: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday Western Sierra Medical Clinic 844 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley, CA.

For more information, go to www.wsmcmed.org.

Welcome Community Legal Inc.!

Community Legal, Inc. has opened its doors to provide limited scope legal representation and legal mediation available for very low income clients for free, and to others at low cost.  Monthly clinics will also be offered, including landlord-tenant law, family law, wills and trusts, MediCal issues and other topics of importance to lower income residents of Nevada County.

Community Legal is located in Nevada City  at 214 Church Street offering limited services, and they will celebrate its grand opening on October 1, 2015.

For more informatiom, please visit their website at www.communitylegal.net or call Community Legal at (530) 265-3425.


Drop-In Peer Support Group

Peer Support Flyer

Support group providing help to people who are experiencing mental health or emotional challenges and would like to meet others to create a support network. Groups are open to people of all ages, participants are welcome to drop in, and the group meets:

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
Noon – 1:30 pm

Drop-In Peer Support Group meets in the FREED Conference Room, located at 2059 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA. Any questions, please contact Maureen Gerecke from FREED at (530) 477-3333.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Support Group

New Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Support Group offered through FREED.

Tuesdays, beginning July 7, 2015,  11 am – Noon
2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 102
Grass Valley, CA  95945

Confidential peer support for those living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). FREED is hosting a friendly, peer-led, peer-support group meeting in a fully accessible space. Philosophic emphasis on Independent Living and voluntary skills-sharing. For more information call Manda at (530) 477-3333 x204.

Meet SAL, 211’s New Senior Assistance Line

SAL211 Nevada County is excited to introduce SAL, our new Senior Assistance Line. SAL is a simple, user-friendly entry point for Nevada County residents aged 60 and
over to connect with community programs and services. Seniors can simply dial 2-1-1 to learn about and connect to a wide array of resources, including:

  • Disability Services
  • Financial Assistance
  • Food Programs
  • In-home Care
  • Housing
  • Legal Assistance
  • Support Groups
  • Transportation
  • And many, many more . . .
Click on the above image to download a PDF.
Click on the above image to download a PDF.

By using SAL, seniors can find all of the information they need in one place. Our Consumer Service Representatives can connect seniors directly to service providers and will follow up with callers to ensure they received the information and assistance they requested.

Like all 211 services, SAL is free, confidential, multilingual, and available for anyone who is interested in connecting to community programs and services, whether for themselves or for a loved one. All SAL calls are answered by trained, local Consumer Service Representatives who are well-versed in local resources.

How to access the Senior Assistance Line:

  • Call 2-1-1 from any phone in Nevada County. Or call toll-free from anywhere at 1-877-847-0499.
  • Text your zip code to txt211 to start a conversation by text message. (Your text message plan’s fees apply).
  • Visit the Resources section of our website to find lists of programs and services organized by topic.


Free Flu and MMR Shots – Truckee Area

The Nevada County Department of Public Health (Immunization Program) offers free flu shots and MMR vaccinations in Truckee.

At the Courthouse Building located at 10075 Levon Ave., Suite 207.

  • Wednesdays from 9:30am – 12 noon by appointment
    Call 530-582-7814
  • 1st Thursday of the month from 1:00pm – 4:00pm with no appointment necessary


MMR-ShotsSeasonal flu shots are offered to anyone 3 years and older.  The MMR vaccination is to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella in people 12 months of age and older.  Participants are asked to bring an immunization card for each child receiving vaccinations.




For more information, call Nevada County Department of Public Health 530-265-7265

Economic Recovery for All?

At the recent annual California Alliance for Information and Referral Services (CAIRS) conference in Los Angeles, we learned that, like 211 Nevada County, many 211s are seeing steadily increasing calls from people who are without homes or who are on the verge of homelessness. At first glance, one might be surprised by this trend. These statistics are at odds with the reported economic turnaround.

Or are they?

A recent article in The New York Times presents a picture of uneven recovery, based on the Federal Reserve’s recently
released Survey of Consumer Finances. While the upper-tier wage earners (median income $230K+) saw their incomes increase between 2010 and 2013, the majority of Americans—those who rely on wages and not investment income—experienced a sharp decline in income. Young families, seniors, and those without a college education were hit the hardest.

In the 211 world, this means an increase in demand for basic needs such as food and shelter, as individuals and families try to make ends meet. In September, five of our top ten call referrals were to programs that assist with shelter and food. The top website search was for energy assistance. These numbers paint a picture of a community struggling to get by.

We’re interested in hearing from you. Have you noticed friends, family-members, or other community members struggling to stay on their feet? Do you feel like the economic crisis is coming to an end? How can we begin to address some of these issues in our own community?

Add your own story in our comments section. We look forward to hearing from you.