Sept. 10, 2019
Contact: Brooke Federico
Public Information Officer
Five Riverside County programs receive distinguished awards from statewide agency
Riverside County pulls down more CSAC Challenge awards than any other county
The County of Riverside received five prominent awards from the California State Association of Counties’ (CSAC) 2019 Challenge Awards. Riverside County earned more awards than any other county in the state, including the prestigious Innovation Award, which was one of only two such awards given this year throughout the entire state.
“If you think county government isn’t innovative or resourceful, think again,” said County Executive Officer George Johnson. “This recognition by CSAC illustrates something that I’ve long known to be true – Riverside County is a creative place where ideas and solutions grow. I’m very proud of the programs that earned these well-deserved awards.”
The following program earned top honors:
- California Counties Innovation Award for Behavioral Health Mobile Crisis Teams – Riverside University Health System-Behavioral Health mobile crisis teams respond to law enforcement, emergency departments, schools, group homes and other locations where an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis. This award was only one of two such awards presented throughout the state.
- Challenge Award for Southeast Drainage Challenge Improvement Project – Through a multi-agency collaboration, the Waste Resources Department stabilized a landfill slope within a major water course, persevered habitat and reduced mitigation fees by $2 million to $4 million. This award was one of only five such awards presented among urban counties with large populations.
- Merit Award for Correctional Healthcare: Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits - Riverside University Health System-Medical Center achieved a 20 percent reduction in inmate ER visits by expanding the scope of jail medical practices, auditing transports, and educating medical and correctional staff.
- Merit Award for Enhancing Homeless PIT Count Through Technology & Collaboration – The Department of Public Social Services used the Survey 123app and partnered with the University of California, Riverside to collect and analyze Homeless Point-In-Time Count data. The partnership resulted in improved data quality, accuracy and publication.
- Merit Award for Leveraging Technologies to Manage Post-Wildfire Debris Flows – The Flood Control District leveraged technology to plan for and respond to life-threatening post-wildfire debris flows and share vital information with other agencies to improve real-time communication.
For more information on these programs and the CSAC Challenge Awards, visit: https://www.counties.org/post/2019-csac-challenge-award-recipients.
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