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Mental Health First Aid Training Comes to Yuba-Sutter
December 28, 2012
By John Floe
Prevention Services Coordinator
Sutter Yuba Mental Health Services

Would you know how to help someone in need of mental health services? There's a new program that can help you find help for someone in crisis.

Sutter Yuba Mental Health Services and the Yuba County Office of Education have been conducting classes in an evidence-based program that provides an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders. You can participate in an upcoming class.

Mental Health First Aid was created by Professor Anthony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education. The program originated at the ORYGEN Research Center at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health worked with the program's founders to bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid has a strong evidence base. Four detailed studies have been completed and nearly a dozen journal articles published on Mental Health First Aid's impact on the public. One trial of 301 randomized participants found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes. The study also found that Mental Health First Aid improved the mental health of the participants themselves. Findings from the other studies have echoed these outcomes.

To date, Mental Health First Aid has been replicated in 14 countries, including: England, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Wales and Singapore. In the US, we truly value the supporting evidence and strive to achieve fidelity to the original Mental Health First Aid program developed in Australia. In the next decade, we expect Mental Health First Aid in the US will become as common as CPR and First Aid. It has the potential to reduce stigma, improve mental health literacy, and empower individuals – the benefits are limitless!

Currently Sutter Yuba Mental Health Services and Yuba County Office of Education under the Prevention and Early Intervention Program completed the second Mental Health First Aid Class (MHFA) provided on the 26th and 27th of November 2012.

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the United States. Participants learn about risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, as well as understand their impact and overview common treatments. Participants who certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

MHFA Trainers John Floe, MAOM and Amy Molina-Jones, provided this training to our Sutter Yuba community with twenty-four students that competed the training. For more information about Mental Health First Aid Training and to find out how you can sign up, please call 530-674-1885 ext. 114, or view the websites at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org and www.sutter.networkofcare.org for additional resources.

Federal Extensions for Unemployment Benefits Expiring
December 28, 2012
Unless the U.S. Congress and the President take action, federal extensions of unemployment benefits will come to an abrupt end for an estimated 400,000 Californians in two weeks. The week ending December 29, 2012 will be the last week any federal extension benefits can be paid, even if someone has a remaining balance on their extension claim. Over the last four-and-a-half years, a total of $40 billion in extension benefits have been paid to the long-term unemployed in California.

"Federally extended benefits have served as an economic lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Californians who lost their jobs as a result of the Great Recession," said Pam Harris, Director, California Employment Development Department (EDD). "Now we are facing an end to the extensions in two weeks unless Congress takes further action. Our role here at EDD is to make sure those affected by the end of their benefits know of the approaching deadline, and they're aware of programs available that might help them with their job searches and other needs."

EDD administers the regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI) program in California, along with the federal extension program known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). The department has sent letters notifying the nearly 400,000 impacted unemployed Californians about the scheduled upcoming end to the federal extension program.

Holiday Closure
December 18, 2012
On Monday and Tuesday, December 24th and 25th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday. On Tuesday, January 1st, most county offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's Holiday.
Sutter County Vote by Mail Ballots Arriving Now for Senate Runoff
December 14, 2012

Sutter County residents who vote by mail should be receiving their ballots this week or early next week for the January 8 runoff election for California Senate District 4, Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston said.

Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. election night.

Completed ballots can be returned by mail, dropped off during regular business hours at the Elections Office, or dropped off at any polling place on the day of the election. A 24-hour drop box is available outside of the Election's Office at 1435 Veteran's Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

Voters can request Vote by Mail ballots up until one week prior to the election.

Voters will receive a sample ballot pamphlet in the mail in the next few days. The back cover of the sample ballot will have an application to request a Vote by Mail ballot. Complete, sign and mail the application to the Elections Division so that it is received prior to the 7th day before the election, and a ballot will be mailed to the address specified on the application. If you receive your ballot at a P.O. Box, you must indicate your residence address.

It is not necessary to wait for your sample ballot to request a Vote by Mail ballot. A Vote by Mail application form is available on the Sutter County Elections website, or you may request a ballot on a plain piece of paper and mail it to: Sutter County Elections, 1435 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA 95993 or fax (530) 822-7587.

Please write legibly and include in your request:

The election you are requesting a ballot for
Your full name
Your residence address
The address you would like your ballot mailed to
Your signature and the date of the request
Telephone number (optional)

Notice to All Vendors
December 14, 2012

The General Services Division of Public Works is working in conjunction with IT to update the current database of services and supply vendors. As of January 3, 2013 the current vendor database will be cleared.

The Sutter County Public Works Department is responsible for procuring the following services or supplies, on behalf of the County, as follows:

  • Architectural Services
  • Copying/Duplicating Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Construction Project Services
  • Construction Work – supplies, materials, equipment, products, and services on public projects as per California Public Contract Code 22002
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Services
  • Landscape Architectural Services
  • Land Surveying
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Telephone Equipment

If vendors wish to continue bidding on these services with Sutter County Public Works in 2013, they will need to create a new vendor profile on the website starting January 4, 2013. By registering, vendors will automatically receive notices of bids, requests for proposals, and requests for qualifications via email based on classification codes in their user profile.

To register starting January 4th, vendors need to visit www.suttercounty.org and click on the link for Suppliers / Contractors – Registration, Bids & Proposals to create a new vendor profile.

Vendors, with services not specifically listed here, may contact the appropriate County departments directly in order to solicit their services.

Vendors, with services not specifically listed here, may contact the appropriate County departments directly in order to solicit their services.

Children’s Program at Museum
December 11, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting its annual Children’s Program and Open House on Sunday, December 16th at the Museum. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. with Aondreaa the Storytailor performing a Christmas tale, followed by children’s musician John Carter’s unique renditions of holiday songs. Punch, holiday cookies and hot mulled cider will be served after the program, and visitors can play carols on the 1911 player piano. The Museum Store will be open for last-minute holiday shopping. The program may be enjoyed by all ages.

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Admission is free. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Museum Store is open on Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. through December 23rd. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.