May 19

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 5/19/2020

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the May 19, 2020 Board Meeting:

  1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation
  2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response
  3. Mental Health Awareness Month
  4. CalFresh Awareness Month

1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Board of Supervisors is holding fully electronic meetings in response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place order. The Board members log in via videoconferencing software and are actively encouraging remote public participation in the meeting via email and new online options. To listen and comment over the phone, call 669-900-6833 and enter the webinar ID and password that will be posted on the Board archive webpage Tuesday morning before the meeting.

Need more info? See the first page of each meeting's agenda.

Contact:  Brent Ainsworth, Public Information Specialist, County Administrator's Office 

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2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response

Preview

Shortly after the Board convenes at 9 a.m., the Board will hear a report from the County Administrator and possibly other County staff about the local COVID-19 response. The County proclaimed a local emergency and a public health emergency in early March, and since then staff has worked in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate public response efforts. A local shelter-in-place order was first issued March 16 to help limit the spread of COVID-19, and the latest sheltering order is in effect until May 31.    

Review

The Board heard the report, including input from Marin County Parks Director Max Korten, Health and Human Services Director Benita McLarin, and Assistant County Administrator Dan Eilerman.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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3. Mental Health Awareness Month

Preview

The Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution proclaiming May as Mental Health Awareness Month. The importance of reaching out and supporting one another is particularly important during this challenging public health emergency. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has noted a spike in calls to its crisis hotline and to its specialists in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division (BHRS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the draft resolution and news release about Mental Health Awareness Month.

Contact: Dr. Jei Africa, Director, Behavior Health and Recovery Services Division, Department of Health and Human Services

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4. CalFresh Awareness Month

Preview

The Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution proclaiming May as CalFresh Awareness Month. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the CalFresh program that provides qualified applicants with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that may be used in participating grocery stores to supplement food purchases. The program replaced the phased-out food stamp program. Eligibility for CalFresh depends on residency, citizenship or immigration status, income, resources/assets, and other factors. The EBT card is used just like a debit card.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the draft resolution about CalFresh Awareness Month.

Contact: Kari Beuerman, Assistant Director of Social Services, Department of Health and Human Services

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