Dianne’s Corner: News and notes from County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob

Dianne Jacob

Protect your family

The county recently mailed 200,000 disaster planning guides to households in high-risk wildfire areas.

These booklets provide critical information on how to prepare for a crisis and how to deal with it once it strikes. They include tips on evacuation, a list of emergency supplies and how to take advantage of programs like Alert San Diego.

If you received a guide, be sure to fill it out. It can also be found at readysandiego.org.

Helping the vulnerable

The Board of Supervisors has added a new tool in its expanding efforts to help those with chronic mental illness and substance abuse issues. We’re launching a pilot program that will allow the county to name a conservator to oversee treatment and services for those battling co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders.

Our aim is to strengthen the social service safety net for some of our most vulnerable residents.

Mental illness and substance abuse are huge concerns in our region and the board action marks our latest step to address them.

Great job, Edgemoor

One of the nation’s top-ranked medical care sites, county-run Edgemoor Skilled Nursing Facility in Santee, recently marked its 10th anniversary. County officials, joined by community leaders and residents, recently celebrated the milestone with cake, music and a special tribute to the great, highly dedicated staff at Edgemoor.

The 192-bed facility is a huge improvement over the old Edgemoor geriatric hospital and has been consistently been ranked among the top skilled nursing facilities in the U.S. by national organizations and publications.

For more District 2 news, go to  www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!