County Annual Report: New Challenges, Essential Services | News

San Diego County Just Released Annual Report 2020-21 shows the county responding to new challenges while continuing to provide essential services.

These challenges include taking action to increase social justice, equity, reform, community engagement, transparency, and sustainability across county programs, to build a framework for the future, and to create a county that works. for everyone.

“We hope this annual report will give our residents insight into all that their county government is doing,” said Helen Robbins-Meyer, county chief executive. “Our top priority has always been and remains to serve the people of San Diego County.”

The annual report breaks down county achievements over the past fiscal year into 10 categories: behavioral health, climate action and sustainability, community investments, COVID-19 response and economic recovery, government transparency, health equity, homelessness , housing accessibility and affordability, public safety and justice reform, and racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

The report notes that the county created several new offices and departments to help it meet its new challenges. Some of these include the Office of Equity and Racial Justice; a Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities service; the Office of Environmental and Climate Justice; and a data-driven Evaluation, Performance and Analytics Office to help improve how the county evaluates programs and creates policy.

Here are some of the highlights from the annual report:

  • The county has continued to invest money to improve behavioral health issues, from introducing Mobile Crisis Response Teams designed to help those in mental health crisis to dispatching health experts Behavior to emergency calls instead of law enforcement when needed – at the opening last week of a new crisis stabilization unit in Vista.
  • The county has invested more than $134 million in an emergency rental assistance program to help thousands of pandemic-affected renters stay in their homes.
  • The county established an Innovative Housing Trust Fund that has spent more than $50 million to create 1,397 new affordable housing units in 15 communities, and has leveraged an additional $567 million in funds to be used to house families low income, homeless veterans, people with disabilities and seniors.
  • The county is transforming the juvenile justice system to give young people the support they need to succeed. One of the keys to this has included the construction of a new transitional youth campus to create rehabilitation and therapeutic spaces in a campus-like environment.
  • The county is working to create a new climate action plan and leading a regional decarbonization effort that hopes to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2035.

San Diego County offers services and programs that touch the lives of nearly everyone living in the area.

Of these, only a few include the provision of public health services, which has gained prominence in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; law enforcement through the sheriff’s department; health and social services; land use in unincorporated areas; organize elections; operation of county parks and the county’s 33 public libraries; investigate suspicious deaths through the county medical examiner’s office; monitor beach water quality and oversee disaster preparedness.

Michelle J. Kelley