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Auburn, Calif. – The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved nine different contract agreements totaling more than $18 million to provide mental health, substance abuse, transitional housing and child abuse prevention services throughout the county.

The contracts, largely funded with state and federal assistance (nearly $16 million of the $18 million total cost), help Placer County provide a broad spectrum of services to support the county’s most vulnerable residents.

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“Caring for our most vulnerable citizens is one of Placer County’s greatest responsibilities, and we are tremendously fortunate to have such a strong network of caring and professional partners to help us fulfill this duty,” said Jeff Brown, Placer County director of Health and Human Services.

Agreements totaling more than $11.5 million with six service providers – Aegis Medical Systems Inc., Community Recovery Resources, Koinonia Foster Homes, New Leaf Counseling Services, Progress House and Recovery Now LLC – were approved through June 2018 to provide substance use treatment services and transitional housing.

The board also approved a one-year contract for $4.5 million with Telecare Corporation to operate the 16-bed Placer County psychiatric health facility, which provides acute psychiatric healthcare services to county residents requiring psychiatric stabilization and treatment. The facility provides treatment for patients who are temporarily unable to ensure their own safety or adequately care for their basic food needs, clothing, and shelter due to a mental disorder.

KidsFirst will provide child abuse prevention services and operate family resource centers in Roseville and Auburn under a one-year, $725,988 contract. In the previous year of its contract, KidsFirst helped Placer County serve more than 3,000 families with counseling and parent education, helping prevent child abuse and neglect.

Whole Person Learning will provide housing assistance and counseling services to emancipated foster youth under a two-year, $1.18 million contract. The program also provides career education, problem solving, budgeting and other support to help foster youth successfully transition to independent living as adults; helping prevent homelessness, substance abuse and deter criminal behavior.

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