Looking Ahead ~ February 7, 2018 CSN Meeting ~ Mapping the Five Protective Factors in Western Nevada County

January 18, 2018

Mark your calendars for our February 7th CSN Partner meeting.

We hope you can join us for “Mapping the Five Protective Factors in Western Nevada County.” This will be an interactive meeting facilitated by Lindsay Dunckel, PhD, Executive Director of First 5 Nevada County and a CSN-CAPC board member.

The Five Protective Factors were introduced at our January meeting and will be a recurring theme throughout 2018. They are:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connection
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Please bring your knowledge and experience to the February 7th meeting to help map what organizations, resources, and programs support the Five Protective Factors in Western Nevada County.

What’s being done well? Where are the gaps? Are there collaborations that could fill gaps? If there are more resources than necessary for some things, could those resources be re-directed? Let’s find out together.

Meeting time & location: The Community Support Network (CSN) meets on the first Wednesday of most months (July, August, and December on hiatus), 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Optional open networking time is at 3:15 p.m. CSN Partners and members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information, contact CSN Coordinator, Susan Sanford, at 530-913-0270 (messages) or csnncorg@gmail.com.

Seeking Members for California’s Child Welfare Citizen Review Panels ~ Applications Due Jan. 30

January 18, 2018

Thanks to Faye Hignight, Acting Program Manager, Child Protective Services and LaFatima Jones, Analyst, Office of Child Abuse Prevention, for this info.

The state Office of Child Abuse Prevention is helping recruit participants for three new Citizen Review Panels (CRPs).  The CRPs bring together people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve the child welfare system.

Here’s info from the CRP Application and Selection Process document:

Citizen Review Panels (CRPs) were established by federal statute and implemented in 1996 as part of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requirement for states to receive federal grant funding.

The responsibilities of the CRP involve evaluating child welfare policies, practices, and procedures, assessing systemic barriers, and making recommendations to improve and remove barriers. CRPs focus on matters throughout the continuum of the child welfare system. Their focus areas must be rooted in data, analyzing trends, and providing valuable insights that inform those working within the system. CRPs have the ability to make recommendations that will improve the lives of children and families throughout California. California is implementing three new CRPs.

Critical Incident CRP
The proposed Critical Incident-focused Citizen Review Panel (CRP) will provide potential action items and recommendations to improve the child welfare system around the topic of critical incidents.

Children and Family Services CRP
The proposed Children and Family Services CRP will review child welfare systems throughout California by focusing on ground-level practices affecting children in care.

Prevention and Early Intervention CRP
The proposed Prevention and Early Intervention CRP will focus on ground-level child abuse and neglect prevention and early intervention activities. The CRP would make recommendations on the state of prevention and early intervention practice as they are being implemented.

Here are the application materials, and more information about the CRPs. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, 2017.  As a note, the Prevention and Early Intervention CRP is pretty full, but parents and youth are encouraged to apply.

Free SBIRT Training ~ RSVP by Feb. 2, Training Feb. 10

January 18, 2018

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital/Dignity Health & UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program are co-sponsoring a free 4.0 hour training on Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for providers in Nevada County. This training will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Please check out the flyer and if interested RSVP to Victoria Norith by Friday, February 2, 2018.

Download the flyer and registration form here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/2aec8b425e0980ee539d8d1fb/files/75625717-acc9-4128-bf45-f5d17dda63c9/SBIRT_Flyer_FINAL.pdf

Mother Daughter Support Group at Penn Valley PARTNERS Family Resource Center ~ Starts Feb. 5

January 18, 2018

Thanks to Laurie DeMartini at the Penn Valley PARTNERS Family Resource Center for this info. Here’s the newsletter with details: PV FRC_Newsletter December 2017. Here’s a note from Laurie…

Starts February 5 ~ A Mother Daughter Support Group will be facilitated by Sharyn Turner, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Health Coordinator and Mary Jo Sweeney R.N., School Nurse for Penn Valley School District. I was fortunate to be a part of this class two years ago, the facilitators used the Girls Circle Model which gave the teen girls and their mothers an opportunity to communicate deeply. Several mothers contacted me afterwards appreciating what the class had done for them and their daughter.

Jim Rogers Memorial Bike Ride ~ Feb. 11

January 18, 2018

Thanks to Karen Wallack-Eisen for this info. Here’s the note from her about the Jim Rogers Memorial Bike Ride…


Here is the flyer for JR Bike Ride: Jim flyer 9 – Feb 2018.  Please share where possible.  This is an annual event to bring awareness to the issue of Distracted Driving.  Jim was killed while riding his bike in 2010 by a driver on her cell phone.  The ride is for all ages and abilities. There are two routes – one that is approx. 16-18 miles, the other is approx. 6 miles.

I am available to answer any questions and/or to provide more information if needed.


Karen Wallack-Eisen

Community-School Liaison / Case Manager, PARTNERS Family Resource Center, 530-588-4844 or 530-265-3809 or knwe@sbcglobal.net

Requests for Funding for Community Services Block Grant & Community Initiative Funding ~ Applications Due Feb. 16

January 18, 2018

Thanks toVickie Victor, Administrative Assistant II, Nevada County Department of Social Services, for this letter.

On Behalf of the Nevada County Adult & Family Services Commission: 

Dear Community Partners,

The Nevada County Adult & Family Services Commission announces Requests for Funding (RFFs) for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Community Initiative Funding (CIF). These funds will allow local non-profit agencies an opportunity to provide services that will enhance the priorities set forth by the Community Services Block Grant Community Action Plan (CSBG CAP).  A total of $15,000 Community Initiative Funding (CIF) has been allocated to support a single, one-time only funded project subject to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ approval and fiscal resources. CSBG funding will be awarded in the total amount of $111,000, to improve the lives of low-income residents of Nevada County.  CSBG and CIF are two separate funding sources. Non-Profit organizations may submit an application for either CSBG or CIF funds or may apply for both funding sources.

CIF Funding

Funding requests are for fiscal year July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. The maximum funds available will be $15,000.  These funds have been allocated to support a single, one-time-only funded project subject to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ approval and fiscal resources.  These funds are NOT intended to provide long-term support of a program and are not to be used to pay for administrative overhead costs. Funding priorities are aligned with the CSBG funding.

CSBG Funding

Funding requests are for July 1, 2018-December 31, 2019.  The maximum funds available will be $111,000 beginning July 1, 2018and ending December 31, 2019, and is contingent on Federal, State and local funding and with Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ approval.

CSBG funding must be targeted to very low-income residents, (See ATTACHMENT E in the application for 2017 Poverty Guidelines for CSBG). Proposals must meet the priority objectives outlined in the CSBG CAP.  The CSBG CAP priorities are listed below and found at https://www.mynevadacounty.com/DocumentCenter/View/13801 .  Awards will be prioritized for funding proposals that provide services in one of the following areas as identified in the County of Nevada’s CSBG CAP and CIF aligned priorities.


A downloadable copy of the proposal applications will be available January 18, 2018 at https://www.mynevadacounty.com/1434/Adults-Family-Services-Commission  

For questions or additional information, contact Rob Choate:

Nevada County Department of Social Services, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA  95959, Phone: (530) 265-1645rob.choate@co.nevada.ca.us

The Application Deadline is February 16, 2018 no later than 3:00 P.M.

In an effort to reach as many community organizations as possible, we are asking our partners to help distribute this announcement. Please accept our apologies should you receive this announcement more than once.

Vickie Victor, Administrative Assistant II, Nevada County Department of Social Services

UPDATE ~ Request for Letters of Interest ~ Nevada County Volunteer Connections Program ~ Due Feb. 23

January 18, 2018

UPDATE from Diana Wilburn ~ Here’s a link to responses to questions received regarding the Request for Letters of Interest for the Nevada County Connections Program.



Thanks to Diana Wilburn, Buyer, County of Nevada, Information and General Services – Purchasing, for the info immediately below, and also to the Friday Memo of January 5, 2018 for the item that follows.

The Nevada County Purchasing Agent invites interested parties to submit letters of interest for consideration to maintain a volunteer data base and match volunteers with community agencies.  Here’s the document with the details: Request for Letter of Interest Nevada County Connections Program

Please note that this document says the due date is Jan. 19. The new due date is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018. This document, and the addendum extending the due date, are posted on the bid postings page at https://www.mynevadacounty.com/bids.aspx?bidID=24, noted in the item below.

From the Friday Memo of January 5, 2018

Nevada County Volunteer Connection

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Nevada County (RSVP), a program of Agency on Aging/Area 4, stopped serving Nevada County effective December 31, 2017.  This program connected over 400 retired and senior Nevada County volunteers who dedicated nearly 60,000 volunteer hours with local non-profits, government and small business annually.

In an effort to keep this important resource in our community, Nevada County is pleased to announce that we are looking to re-boot and expand this program to one that would serve all ages, and continue to serve a variety of local non-profits and government agencies.  Currently, Nevada County is seeking Letters of Interest from the community to manage this program.

The County invites interested parties to submit Letters of Interest (LOI) for consideration to maintain a volunteer data base and match volunteers with community agencies. Please see the Nevada County Purchasing Department bid postings page, or call Mike Dent, Director of Social Services, at (530) 265-1410 or Tamaran Cook, Adult Services Program Manager, at (530) 265-7160.  LOIs are due by 5:00 p.m.Friday, February 23rd.

Child & Babysitting Safety Certification ~ Mar. 10

January 18, 2018

Thanks to Faith Yamamoto, Support Services Secretary II, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, for this info. Here’s the flyer: NCSOS Babysitting Flyer – March 10, 2018

WHAT ~ Child & Babysitting Safety Certification. Course highlights:

  • Babysitting as a Business
  • Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Leadership
  • Play Time
  • Basic Caregiver Skills
  • First Aid

FOR ~ Students who are in 7th-12th grades or age 12 and older (through their senior year)

WHEN ~ Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE ~ Earle Jamieson Educational Options Classroom #2 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, 95959

REGISTRATION ~ Register on-line at http://nevco.org/super-sitter/ OR at NCSOS. $35.00 PREPAID INCLUDES WORKBOOK & CERTIFICATION CARD. Checks payable to NCSOS and dropped off or mailed to: NCSOS Attn: Babysitting, 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

QUESTIONS/RSVP ~ Sharyn Turner, MA, RN, 530-478-6400 x2045, sturner@nevco.org

Thanks & Best Wishes to Two Executive Directors

January 18, 2018


It has been announced that two executive directors will be retiring from their positions in the coming months.

Sue Van Son has served as E.D. at Interfaith Food Ministry for the last eight years. More info here: http://mailchi.mp/b61182d0ba6e/january-news-from-interfaith-food-ministr?e=0ae872c93b

Debbie Arakel Sheppard has served as E.D. at Habitat for Humanity for the last ten years. More info here: Habitat for Humanity – Leaving Announcement from Executive Director.

Thank you, Sue and Debbie, for all your years of service to our community!

Both organizations hope to have new E.D.s by April. Here’s the link to the Habitat for Humanity E.D. job announcement:http://nchabitat.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=241&Itemid=172

Quick Links ~ January 23, 2018 edition

January 16, 2018

“Quick Links” allows us to fit more info into the CSNNC e-news and keep upcoming events on the radar.  E-news content is pulled from our website News page, so you can find all recent items here: http://csnnc.org/news/.

This “How To” guide tells how CSN can help you share information, and includes submission guidelines for CSN e-news: csn_how-to_guide-for-speaking-inquiries-info-sharing. It’s also posted at the bottom of the home page on our website: csnnc.org

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