A couple weeks back, THC looked at the County DHHS’s plan to open a satellite service center in McKinleyville to better serve folks who have a hard time getting down to Eureka. The proposed site, which will comply with the demands made by DHHS in this here RFP, will be fairly expansive and require some pretty hefty staffing needs.
We wrote about the DHHS monster and the RFP itself a few weeks back, when we also asked our readers to contact Supervisor Sundberg or DHHS Director Connie Beck about the project. Once again, you beautiful THC readers did just that while simultaneously enabling our laziness, and our new friend Gail was kind enough to forward Ms. Beck’s response. (Provided in full at end of post.)
Now, we’ll give Beck this much – at least she deigned to personally respond to Gail’s questions, which we’d wager a whole pallet of ho-hos that Crandall wouldn’t have done. In her e-mail, Beck notes that “There are no plans to add staff and also want to be more efficient and accessible to the people that need services.”
Let’s all take a second and appreciate what a frickin’ miracle that is. DHHS, and the County as a whole for that matter, are expanding facilities and not hiring more staff? Hallelujah! That”s a really big saving for this project, considering that there will be 57 employees at this facility.
Beck didn’t get into how much the rent for the facility is projected to cost, or how much money the County will spend on getting employees to the facility, but we think those are questions that the all-knowing and all-powerful Supervisor Sundberg should know. Right? More on that later.
In the meantime, thanks to Gail for picking up THC’s torch (and slack).
Ms. Connie Beck’s response to Gail:
“Good Morning Ms Johnson, thank you for your email. Yes, we are looking to have services available in McKinleyville so that folks don’t have to come to Eureka to receive some and also so that staff don’t have to drive back and forth. We currently provide services in homes and schools in McKinleyville. Nurse Family Partnership, Mental Health, Child Welfare, Adult Protective Services etc. We plan to have staff stationed there so they do not have to commute and also provide eligibility type services Medi-cal, CalFresh etc. There are no plans to add staff and also want to be more efficient and accessible to the people that need services.
Thanks again for your email.
Connie Beck, Director
Department of Health and Human Services“