Help Prevent Suicide with Upcoming Trainings

Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.

safeTALK Training

Learn and practice powerful, life-saving skills in just four hours. Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it’s the world’s fastest-growing suicide prevention training.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 9:00am 1:00pm

Where: Empire Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

ASIST Training

LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Training) is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.

When: December 10 & December 11 (8:00am – 4:30pm both days)

Where: Providence Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

For questions or more information, please contact Toby Guevin, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Nevada County, at toby.guevin@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-7018

The Census Bureau is Hiring!

Census Jobs Nevada CountyThe 2020 Census will help decide how billions of dollars will reach Californians. Information collected by the Census helps determine funding for dozens of programs that provide essential resources to our communities. Census data determines funding for schools, child care programs, road maintenance projects, and social assistance programs.

Now is your chance to play a role in your community and help “get out the count.”

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for both supervisory and non-supervisory positions in Nevada County. These temporary jobs offer great pay, flexible hours, and a chance to meet your neighbors.

Supplement your income and help Nevada County achieve a complete count for Census 2020.

Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

For more information or help applying, call 1-855-JOB-2020.

 

Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots

The Nevada County Public Health Department wants to help you Fight the Flu. Get your free flu shot on October 21st from 12:00-4:00 pm without ever leaving your car. Flu shots will be available for adults and children 3 years and older.

The free drive-thru clinic will be held in the parking lot of Twin Cities Church, at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway in Grass Valley. Enter the lot via the westbound entrance only. This is a drive-thru event only; no walk-ups, please.

Please wear clothing that allows for easy access to your upper arm.

For more information, call 530-265-7265.

Details

What: Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots

When: October 21st from 12:00-4:00 pm

Where: Twin Cities Church, at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway in Grass Valley

Cost: Free!

 

Census 2020: Gearing Up for a Complete Count

Be Counted California!Every decade since 1790, the United States has attempted to count the country’s population. This nation-wide head-count plays an extraordinarily important role in shaping our communities for years to come.

Why the Census Matters

The next Census will take place in April 2020. There is a lot on the line, including funding for essential safety net programs and representation in Congress. Census data is used to:

  • Draw Congressional districts (not to mention school districts!)
  • Distribute billions of federal dollars to states
  • Inform the decisions of government, businesses, and non-profits

An undercount could cost California more than $1.5 billion across all Federal programs. These are dollars that fund housing, education, healthcare, roads, and emergency services in Nevada County.

The Challenge

It is vital to the future of our community to ensure that every person in Nevada County is counted. Connecting Point and the County of Nevada are collaborating to “get out the count,” with the goal of achieving a complete count for Census 2020. That means counting every person living in Nevada County. There are significant barriers to meeting this goal:

  • The 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. Internet access is limited in many areas of our county.
  • S. Census Bureau outreach will not go to P.O. Boxes. Many residents may not receive information about the Census.
  • There is widespread mistrust of the government and potential for misinformation about the Census in our community. People may choose not to participate, even though Census data is protected.

The State of California estimates that there are 48,370 “hard-to-count” individuals living in Nevada County (learn more about the Hard-to-Count Index here).

What’s Next

Connecting Point is currently reaching out to community organizations, faith-based groups, local agencies, businesses and others who work closely with demographic populations considered least likely to respond. These include:

  • Latinos
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Farm-workers
  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Children ages 0-5
  • Veterans
  • People with low/no broadband access
  • Households with limited English proficiency

Achieving a complete count requires us to work together to find the best ways to reach our hard-to-count neighbors. If you serve any of the above “hard-to-count” populations, we want to hear from you. Please contact Heather Heckler by email or by phone at 530-274-5601 to let us know if you’d like to be involved.

The Census begins April 1st. LET’S MAKE NEVADA COUNTY COUNT!

Learn more about the 2020 Census and Nevada County’s Complete Count.

Help the Community Get to Know Your Nonprofit

The Union Newspaper is looking for community organizations to contribute to the Know Your Nonprofit feature, which will now run alongside Connecting Point’s Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight in the print edition every Monday. Our hope is that this feature will draw more attention to the opportunities offered on the Volunteer Hub and highlight the work of the amazing nonprofits in our community. 211 and the Volunteer Hub are only as good as the valuable services local organizations provide to Nevada County residents. Know Your Nonprofit is a great way to spread the word about who you are and what you do and will help you find volunteers who connect to your organization’s mission and values.

If you are interested in spotlighting your local nonprofit organization, all you need to do is complete this simple form.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Heckler.

“Yes I Can!” Series Starts Sept. 9th

We all know caregivers are superheros. But every Batman needs a Robin. The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation has your back with the free “Yes I Can!” series. “Yes I Can!” is built to support family caregivers, with information from local experts on caring for the caregiver, connecting to community resources, and advanced planning. You’ll leave feeling empowered again, with more tools in your kit.

Part 1 is a three-week series, running from September 9th through 23rd. Classes are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley. Respite care is available.

Details

What: “Yes I Can!” Caregiver Empowerment Series
When: Mondays, September 9-23, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Eskaton Village, 49er Lounge, 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley
Cost: Free for family caregivers

To register, leave a message at Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center at 1-800-635-0220. If care is needed for your loved one during class, please indicate this when registering.

For more information, contact Annie Mikal at 530-264-5046 or amikalheine@gmail.com.

Survey on Mental Health Services

Nevada County Behavioral Health wants your input on the future of mental health services in our community. The Community Needs Assessment Survey gives the public an opportunity to weigh in on funding priorities for programs to serve both youth and adults.

This survey is part of the planning process for the next Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three-Year Plan, starting in July 2020. 

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), also known as Prop 63, was passed by California voters in November 2004. MHSA is funded by a 1% tax for those earning over $1 million per year, and is designed to expand and transform California’s county mental health systems.

This survey has 22 questions and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey has four sections: (1) prevention and early intervention services; (2) treatment and recovery services; (3) access to services; and (4) personal demographic information. All answers are optional, and your responses will be anonymous and confidential
 
The survey will close on Monday, August 26.
 

Countywide Emergency Alert Test

Not sure if you’re signed up for emergency alerts?

County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services will issue a test of the Code RED emergency alert system on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10:00 am.

If you haven’t registered for Code RED emergency alerts, now is a great time to sign up. It only take a few minutes to enroll in any of the following ways:

Code Red alerts will come from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on your caller ID. Save these numbers to your phone’s contacts to make sure you don’t mistake an alert fro spam.

The Town of Truckee will conduct a simultaneous test of the Nixle emergency alerts system which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to Code RED. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District provide the primary emergency notifications to Town of Residents via Nixle.

Town of Truckee residents and visitors can sign-up for Nixle messages by texting 888777 with the Truckee zip code of 96161 for pre-event messages and emergency notifications.

Both Code Red and Nixle are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify Nevada County and Town of Truckee residents in the event of an emergency. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools utilized by the local government in the event of an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of emergency planning.

These tools are not a guaranteed source of information, and residents should be prepared and remain aware.

Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts
Follow Office of Emergency services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare.
Follow Truckee Fire Protection District on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeeFire.
Follow Truckee Police Department on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeePolice

Free Food & Fun at Family Appreciation Day

Join Sierra Nevada Children’s Services for a magical day of free family fun this Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The 5th annual Family Appreciation Day will include arts and crafts, a magic show, and all kinds of games and activities for kids. Eat a free lunch under the pines (followed by a Sno-cone or two), dance to the ukulele music of the Strum Bums, and connect with community organizations.

All families are welcome.

Details

What: SNCS Family Appreciation Day

When: Saturday, August 3rd, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: 420 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley

Cost: Free!

Get Fire Safe with Free Green Waste Disposal

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, with support from Nevada County Office of Emergency Services and Waste Management, is offering free residential green waste disposal.

The Residential Green Waste Disposal Program will be open to the public free of charge from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on the following dates and locations:

May 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th

May 18th & 19th ONLY

  • Nevada County Fair Grounds, Gate 8, Brighton Street, Grass Valley

The program is designed for residential green waste only. Participants are responsible for unloading their own vehicles. Dumpsters will be available for depositing green waste. Acceptable items include: biomass consisting of all tree and plant trimmings, dead plants, weeds, leaves, branches, and similar materials that fit into a Green Waste Cart. Items with a diameter greater than 6 inches, tree stumps, root balls, and household waste will not be accepted.

See the Facebook event for more information.

Get Inspired with Great Summer Camp

A group of kids in lime green t-shirts smile at the camera.

The Grass Valley Police Department, NEO, and PARTNERS Family Resource Center are teaming up this summer to host the Great Summer Youth Academy for local 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

This super fun week-long day camp brings students together to build their leadership skills. The camp is led by uniformed Police officers and NEO staff. Activities include skits, games, and field trips. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Session 1, for 6th graders, is July 8-12.
Session 2, for 7th and 8th graders, is July 15-19.

Tuition is $125. Scholarships are available (write a note on your form if you are interested in a scholarship). The deadline to apply is May 22nd.

Check out the NEO website or call 530-470-3869 for more information.

To Apply

Download the application here.

Drop off your application and reference letter at the Family Resource Center located at 235 South Auburn Street (next to GV Charter School) or at the NEO Youth Center located at 139 Joerschke Drive.

SSI Recipients Eligible for CalFresh Benefits

Informational flyer on CalFresh and SSI
Click on the above image to open a PDF of the flyer.

As of June 1, 2019 people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be eligible for CalFresh benefits.

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) provides financial support to people with low income. CalFresh benefits can be used to buy fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods. The program previously excluded seniors and people with disabilities who received SSI benefits.

This change will increase access to healthy food for many low income families in our community.

The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size, countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts EBT cards. (Learn more about using your EBT card at local farmers’ markets here). 

How does this affect specific customers?

• SSI income amounts will not be reduced or eliminated.

• Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) income amounts will increase by $10 per person to align the rates with SSI rates.

• Single persons receiving SSI will be able to apply for benefits starting June 1, 2019. 

• SSI recipients who are included in active CalFresh households will automatically be added to the household’s case when their next report or renewal is due. They do not need to apply.

The State has created a flyer with more information about changes to CalFresh for SSI recipients. In English. En Español.

Learn more about applying for CalFresh benefits here.

Hospice to Host Medical Cannabis Talk

Flyer for the Hospice event
Join Hospice of the Foothills for a talk on the science and application of medical cannabis. Researcher, activist, and cultivator Wade Laughter will cover uses of medical cannabis. Learn how cannabis can impact symptoms like pain, nausea, glaucoma, and appetite loss.
 
Seating is limited. RSVP to 530-274-5161.

Details

What: Presentation on cannabis workshop flyer the Science and Application of Medical Cannabis
When: Thursday, April 25, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Where: Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough & Ready Hwy, Grass Valley
Cost: Free

Unplug for Screen-Free Week

Flyer for screen-free weekGet ready to put down your phones, tablets, and remote controls. Nevada County Public Health invites you to join your community in celebrating Screen Free Week, April 29th through May 5th.

Why Go Screen-Free?

We know that kids (and adults!) spend too much time on our devices. Preschool children spend between 2-5 hours a day using electronics. Older kids average 7 hours a day. Adults aren’t immune; we spend about 11 hours a day on screens.

We also know so much screen time isn’t healthy for us. It may negatively affect brain development for young children. It can increase children’s risk for obesity later in life. Too much screen-time for teens can mean they are less likely to hang out with friends. They’re also more likely to feel lonely or depressed. In people of all ages, screen-time can make it harder to fall asleep. It also takes time away from walking, cooking, family time, and just being outside.

So take the week of April 29th through May 5th to unplug. Spend the week reading, drawing, playing, hiking, and creating. Explore new walking trails. Connect with family and friends.

Need Some Ideas?

The community is coming together to offer activities for you and your family during Screen Free Week. Here are just a few of the things you can do:

Dream Art at the Madelyn Helling Library 
April 30, 3:00 to 5:00 pm 
Inspired by the Storywalk Book “Dreamers” by Yuyi Morales, make collage art about your dreams. All ages welcome.

Teen Hike with NEO on Deer Creek Tribute Trail
April 30, 4:00 to 7:00 pm. RSVP required. Call or text (530) 470-3869.

“Hike Like A Girl”
The Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), The Friendship Club, and Folk Trails Hiking Club have teamed up to celebrate national Hike like a Girl Weekend to encourage female-identified people of all ages to walk or hike this weekend and every day. Free guided hikes will be offered on various BYLT trails.
May 4 and 5. Info at BYLT.org/events.

Food Love Farm Annual Plant Sale 
May 4th, 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Potluck at 1:00 pm.
Bring the kids from 12-3 to explore the farm, run around on a scavenger hunt, play compost bingo and more. 
16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City

Visit the Nevada County Public Health website to print a Screen-Free pledge card and download a complete list of activities.

Walk-In Clinic for Drug & Alcohol Assessment

Flyer for the Walk-in assessment clinicBeginning March 18th, the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department will offer a free walk-in assessment clinic for drug and alcohol treatment. The clinic is open to all Nevada County residents covered by Medi-Cal (or who may qualify for Medi-Cal) who are interested in residential treatment.

A variety of treatment options are available, depending on the level of need. Treatment priority will be given to certain populations, including pregnant/parenting people who are using substances and those using IV drugs.

The “first come first served” clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to noon at 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 120 in Grass Valley. Staff recommends arriving at 9:00 am. Clinic participants should bring their Medi-Cal ID card, if possible.

For more information about drug and alcohol treatment resources, please call 530-265-1437.

Details

What: Walk-In Assessment Clinic for Drug & Alcohol Treatment
When: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, beginning March 18th
Where: Nevada County Behavioral Health, 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 120 in Grass Valley
Cost: Free

Upcoming Trainings Focus on Youth Mental Health

Flyer with details of the Youth Mental Health First Aid trainingWhat’s Up! Wellness is hosting two upcoming trainings for adults interested in learning about adolescent mental health. The Youth Mental Health First Aid training gives participants information on how to provide initial support and resources to youth in need. The two-day class covers the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help a teen in crisis.

Participants who complete the full eight hour class will be certified for three years.

For more information, call 530-268-5854 or email wellnesscheckups@gmail.com.

Details

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid training
When:
March 28 and 29, 9:30 am-1:45 pm
Where: FREED, 435 Sutton Way in Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Click here to register

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid training
When:
 April 4 and 5, 9:00 am-1:15 pm
Where: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Click here to register

Free Screening of Angst, a Film Exploring Youth Anxiety

Black and white image of a young person wearing a swim cap in a pool. The Text reads: "Angst. Anxiety disorders are real, common, and treatable...let's talk about it!

The Nevada Joint Union High School District is proud to present two free screenings of the award-winning film Angst. Angst explores anxiety, its causes, its effects, and what we can do about it. The film features interviews with kids and young adults who have or have had anxiety and what they’ve learned about it along the way. Viewers will learn more about the causes of anxiety and resources and tools available for those living with anxiety.

Both free screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts. Guardians, caregivers, and other caring adults are invited to attend. The film is appropriate for students 12+ as well. 

Check out a preview of Angst or see the Angst website for more information about the film.

Details

What: Free Screening of Angst
When & Where: March 11, 6:00-8:00 pm, Don Baggett Theater, Nevada Union High School
                              March 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, Bear River High School
Cost: Free

USDA Offers Home Repair Loans & Grants for Homeowners with Low Income

California’s housing crisis has put a strain on many individuals and families with low income. It’s critically important that homeowners with low income, particularly seniors, be able to make 

Click on the image above to open a PDF of the flyer.

necessary repairs to stay safely in their own homes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering financial assistance to meet this community need.

The USDA’s Home Repair Loan and Grant Program offers qualifying rural homeowners low-interest loans or grants to repair roofing, siding, flooring, insulation, electrical, and other health and safety hazards. The program provides grants of up to $7,500 for individuals aged 62 and over and loans of to $20,000 (with interest as low as 1%) for qualifying low-income homeowners of any age.

In Nevada County, annual income limits are $38,350 for a household of one to four people and $50,650 for a household of five to eight people (see table below).

To qualify you must:

  • Be the homeowner and occupy the house
  • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere
  • Have a family income below 50% of the area’s median income
  • For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan

Nevada County Income Limits:

 Household Size 1-4 People 5-8 People
 Maximum Annual Income $38,350 $50,650

To get your application started, contact Program Specialist Robert Canepa by phone at 530-217-6252 or by email at robert.canepa@usda.gov. USDA Rural Development’s nearest service center is located at 11661 Blocker Drive, Suite 120 in Auburn.To learn more about the Home Repair Loan and Grant Program’s requirements, check out the USDA website or download the flyer for more information.

School Safety Summits

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office is hosting two upcoming Safety Summits for parents and guardians of local students. Learn how the Superintendent’s Office collaborates with first responders to prepare for and respond to crises in our schools.

This engaging presentation will include representatives from local law enforcement, fire services, and the California Highway Patrol. The panel will address issues such as wildfires, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place procedures.

Summit Dates:

Tuesday, March 5th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Nevada Union High School
11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Bear River High School
11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley

For more information, contact Safety and School Climate Coordinator Chris Espedal by phone at 530-478-6400 ext. 2047 or by email at cespedal@nevco.org.

Judges Needed for Directing Change Film Contest

Each year, the Directing Change Program and Film Contest invites youth throughout California to submit 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health. The goal of the program is to engage young people in learning about these critical health topics through the medium of film. The films are then used to support awareness, education, and advocacy efforts in schools and communities.

Directing Change is currently seeking judges to help select this year’s winning films. Do you have expertise or interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health?  Become a judge today! 

The process is simple. Judges must:

  • Participate in a brief 30-45 minute judging orientation (via phone or webinar) in February.
  • Review up to 12 sixty-second film submissions and complete an online scoring form for each. The judging period will take place in mid-March 2019.

The entire judging process will take less than 2 hours of your time and can be done online from home. Judges are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program.

Learn more at the Directing Change website or complete the online application here.

The winning teams and their associated schools will win prizes, receive prevention programs and other resources for their schools, and attend the award ceremony at the end of the school year. See past submissions here.

Directing Change is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.