October 24, 2014
Final Reports
San Mateo Courts - Civil Grand Jury

2000-2001 Final Report:

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESPONSES
TO 1998 GRAND JURY REPORT
Health/Human Services

Willow Clinic
1999 Recommendation
Response by Agency
2000-2001 Activity
37. San Mateo County should provide funding for an upgrade of the telephone system, provide additional space, and arrange free evening transportation to Willow Clinic. Concur. Telephone system has been upgraded as recommended. Medical records have been moved from the basement of the V.A., allowing clinical space for the AIDS program. Given the financial demands of starting a new clinic, it is not anticipated that the budget can support both the clinic and the expanded evening transportation shuttle service.
Education of Abused
and Neglected Children
1999 Recommendation
Response by Agency
2000-2001 Activity
38. A counselor should be provided at the County Receiving Home in the spring semester of 2000. Concur. The Board of Supervisors appropriated $70,000 to the Human Services Agency for the purpose of successfully recruiting and hiring an educational assessment specialist. One EAS has been hired and work is in progress to hire an additional EAS and office support.
39. A counselor should be provided in the spring semester of 2000. The County Office of Education in collaboration with the director of Human Services has initiated a search for a counselor at the County Receiving Home. The children at the County Receiving Home are currently receiving counseling services.
40. Grand jury should monitor in 2000.   The grand jury submits this review of 2000-2001 activity as its report.
Safety and Security
of Children at the
County Receiving Home
1999 Recommendation
Response by Agency
2000-2001 Activity
41. The county counsel and the director of the Human Services Agency should address issues of accountability for children's safety and well-being and the inability of the Children's Receiving Home staff to control the children's movements and activities while away from the shelter. Concur. Representatives from the Human Services Agency and County Counsel have met to assess the ways to address accountability for the children's safety and well-being. A review is being conducted. No action taken by 2000-2001 Grand Jury.
42. The county counsel and the director of the Human Services Agency should determine what the county can do to reduce its liability should the children at the County Receiving Home either be harmed or do damage to persons or property while away from the shelter. A contingency plan should be written explaining the procedures to be taken when unforeseen events occur. Concur. Representatives of the Human Services Agency and County Counsel have met to discuss how to reduce liability through the revision or development of Receiving Home policies. Current policies will be reviewed and modified as necessary to address the concerns in this recommendation. No action taken by 2000-2001 Grand Jury.

 

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