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Homelessness & Accessible Health and Social Services

As a county, we have failed to strengthen our funding of quality public services for the most vulnerable populations. For the last 15 to 20 years, I have participated in several strategic plans led by the County to better address certain needs in our communities. Unfortunately, once the plan has been completed, there hasn’t been enough resources to follow-up to the implementation. Most social service agencies fund their programs through grants. Once the grant is gone, they cannot sustain the services or obtain new funding for the same services (supplant, as referred by grantor).

I believe the county has an obligation to provide core funding which can be utilized to draw down additional state or federal funds.

I have worked in the social services, public health, and educational fields most of my adult life. In my early career, I provided an array of direct services to youth and families, such as pregnancy and venereal disease prevention.  As the Executive Director of Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, I secured a contract with Monterey County, to provide MediCal funded mental health services for children and youth residing in North Monterey when other funding was lost.   I was able to double the contract for these services for children and youth in South County. I have collaborated with Salud Para La Gente to provide these services to individuals who did not qualify for MediCal services.  I believe all residents, regardless of immigration, financial status or housing status, should have access to healthcare services. 

My Commitment:

  • Continue to use my experience in fiscal responsibility to ensure our residents, whether homeless or settled, have access to mental and healthcare services.
  • Collaborate with city and county officials to ensure that core grant funding of programs is implemented and will benefit our most vulnerable.
  • Continue to advocate and expand, with fiscal responsibility, current programs in place and developing for our homeless population.
  • Be accessible and open, and include my constituents in the discussion.

 

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Committee to Elect Jenny Sarmiento
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