Gear Up & Read at the San Bernardino County Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites you to build your mind and participate in our Summer Reading Program: Gear Up & Read!

Throughout the summer, the County Library will host amazing programs and activities as well as give away fantastic rewards at all 32 of our branch libraries. Participating is easy: beam in to your local San Bernardino County Library to sign-up and become part of this read for rewards program to earn exciting weekly incentives.

Gear Up & Read! is part of our county community’s Vision2Read effort. Vision2Read, www.vision2read.com, is a project of the Countywide Vision, www.sbcounty.gov/vision, designed to promote literacy in the county by highlighting literacy-related programs and volunteer opportunities.

This summer, the County Library has a goal of reaching a 10 percent increase in both circulation and participation in the Summer Reading Program, which would put participation at 40,000 individuals.

Reading for rewards is just the beginning. The Library will host various STEM-themed programs including storytime, crafts, discovery time as well as awesome performers who provide exciting, entertaining and educational shows the whole family can enjoy.

The Summer Reading Program is open to all ages so come on in and sign up the entire family. The best part – this program is absolutely free!

The fun doesn’t stop there. The County Library will offer special drawings for children and teens who meet the County Library Reading Challenge. The children’s challenge is to read at least 45 books or the equivalent in pages and minutes to receive a ticket. For teens, the challenge is to read at least eight books or the equivalent to get a ticket. In addition, each child and teen who reach the challenge will receive a ticket for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7” tablet at their branch library. Also, for every 25 items checked out this summer, receive a ticket for our countywide drawing to win one of the grand prizes which include Samsung Galaxy Tablets, a Nintendo Switch gaming system, a 4 pack of Disneyland tickets and more.

Check out the San Bernardino County Library website, http://www.sbclib.org/, for details on the kick-off events and program information.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County Library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.


Published May 25, 2017 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (11)



County wins 40 awards from National Association of Counties

San Bernardino County programs ending veteran homelessness, advancing literacy, and saving citrus trees are among 40 groundbreaking initiatives that won 2017 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Public Defender and the Department of Behavioral Health also won a Best in Category Achievement Award for the Everyone SWIMS program which addresses the continuing problem of unnecessary hospitalization and incarceration of individuals with psychological distress and mental disorders. Everyone SWIMS stands for Self-sufficient, Well-being, In-house, Mental health services and the program helps increase access to outpatient and crisis stabilization services to the indigent population facing criminal charges.

“The County continues to be a national leader because we are always thinking of new and different ways to improve lives and save taxpayer dollars,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood. “I am proud of our employees for providing top-notch services and professionalism to our county residents.”

Since 2010, San Bernardino County has garnered 242 awards from NACo, an organization that honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for the winning programs and services below at an upcoming public meeting:

County Administrative Office – Vision2Read

Housing Authority – County Vision to End Homelessness

Department of Child Support Services – Child Support License Release Project

Public Works – Flood Warning System Upgrade

Public Works – Pavement Preservation & Preventive Maintenance Program – A Performance Based Approach

Fleet Management – Vehicle Maintenance & Light Repair Program

Workforce Development Department – Annual Y4 Youth Leadership Event

Human Resources – Department Diversity Committee Program

Information Services Department – Vision2Read

Information Services Department – Generator Monitoring and AQMD Reporting

Information Services Department – Request for Guard Services Tracking System

Information Services Department – Automated Incident Reporting System

Assessor-Recorder-Clerk – ARC Website Consolidation and Redesign Project

Preschool Services Department – Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership

Agriculture Weights and Measures – Protecting Citrus Trees by Creating the ‘Help Us Save Our Citrus’ Program

Department of Public Health – Laserfiche

Department of Public Health – SharePoint

Department of Public Health – Virtual Receptionist

Department of Public Health – After an Emergency: Using Mutual Aid to Help Rebuild a Local Government Department when Resources are Limited

Probation – Custody to Community (CTC): Mentally Ill and Medically Fragile Offenders

Probation – Probation Training System (ProbTrain)

Registrar of Voters – EDATE – A Program to Effectively Manage Election Tasks

Registrar of Voters – Poll Worker Training Program

Transitional Assistance Department – Inmate Medi-Cal Enrollment

Transitional Assistance Department – Mobile Fresh

Transitional Assistance Department – Visual Interactive Voice Response (VIVR)

Transitional Assistance Department – Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Biometric Voice Print (BVP) Log In

Aging and Adult Services – Enhancing APS through In-Home Capacity Assessments

Children and Family Services – Kinship Supportive Service Program

Children and Family Services – Jurisdiction/Disposition Report Writer (J/D Writer) Unit

Program Development Division – Human Services (HS) Ham Radio Program

Library – Staff Development Day

Library – New Book Festival

Department of Behavioral Health – Video Interpretation Video Project

Department of Behavioral Health – Group Facilitator Training

Department of Behavioral Health – Expanding and Sustaining the Psychiatric Workforce

Department of Behavioral Health – Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Department of Behavioral Health – Recovery Based Engagement & Support Team (RBEST)

Department of Behavioral Health – CONNECTIONS Program

Public Defender/Department of Behavioral Health – Everyone SWIMS (Self Sufficient, Well-Being, In House, Mental Health, Services Program)

To view specific information about each program, visit http://www.naco.org/blog/2017-achievement-award-winners-announced.


Published May 5, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | 1 Comments | Number of Views (43)



Museum visitors can set world record for Soul Train Dancing

Museumgoers in San Bernardino County love to dance. Once again, the San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate the opening of Train Days on Saturday, April 22, with a Soul Train dance – and may break the Guinness World Record while doing so. Last year, the Museum missed the record by just 27 dancers.

Dancers of all ages are encouraged to jump on the peace train. Museum admission is free to dance participants between noon and the 1:30 pm start time. The first 500 dancers will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the world record attempt. To sign up visit the museum’s website, www.sbcounty.gov/museum, and click on the Soul Train dance icon.

Museum members are invited to a free BBQ from 11 a.m. to 1 pm, hosted by the Redlands Noon Kiwanis Club. Memberships will be available for purchase at the door. “Our members love Train Days. If you’re not already a member, now is the time to join,” said Maggie Latimer, the Association’s executive director. “Members enjoy a full year of free admission to the Museum, invitations to special events, and being part of the Museum family.” For more information, call 909-798-8625 or visit the Museum’s website.

“Even though we didn’t break the Soul Train dance record last year, we had great time,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “Just imagine hundreds of people, some in costume, dancing through the Museum courtyard. It was fantastic! We are confident we will break the record this year.”

County Supervisor Curt “Conductor” Hagman is a major sponsor of this year’s Train Days, which runs daily from April 22 through April 30 (closed Monday, April 24). Both weekends will feature family activities, a train talk, and food trucks.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits and other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Published April 17, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (47)



Sharon Nevins appointed Director of Aging and Adult Services

sharon-nevinsSharon Nevins, a licensed social worker with a wealth of knowledge and experience, has been appointed as Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Nevins has been the interim director of the department, which includes the Office of the Public Guardian, since October 2016. As the sworn Public Guardian, Nevins manages the affairs of people deemed by a judge to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances.
“I am honored to be able to serve our County’s seniors and adults in this new position and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our state, county, and community stakeholders to improve the quality of life of those we serve,” said Nevins.
Nevins began her career with San Bernardino County in 2012 as a deputy director for the Department of Behavioral Health following a 22-year career with the California Department of Mental Health. While with County Behavioral Health, she authored, implemented and managed more than $30-million in grant-funded programs with various agencies and stakeholders. Additionally, she led the design, development and implementation of several innovative National Association of Counties award-winning programs.
Nevins is a licensed clinical social worker and holds dual master’s degrees in social work and public administration from Ohio State University. During her tenure at the state, Nevins promoted from social worker to clinical administrator for Patton State Hospital and, more recently, served as the executive director of Metropolitan State Hospital.
“Sharon brings with her nearly three decades of experience in the field of social work and health care services administration,” said CaSonya Thomas, Assistant Executive Officer, Human Services. “For the past six months, she has led the staff of Aging and Adult Services and served as our County’s Public Guardian. We look forward to her continued service.”

Published April 13, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (66)



Popular Train Days event rolls back to Museum

train-days-1Model train enthusiasts and locomotive lovers are planning to gather at the San Bernardino County Museum and Victor Valley Museum for Train Days, April 22 through 30. Kicking off the event again this year at the Redlands site will be the attempt at a world record for the longest Soul Train dance at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Last year the Museum missed the record by just a few dozen people and is going for a second attempt. San Bernardino County Supervisor “Conductor Curt” Hagman is the presenting sponsor of this year’s event.

At the Redlands museum, model train layouts will fill the museum galleries, Learning Depot, and courtyard, with family programming scheduled throughout the day. The Redlands Noon Kiwanis will be sponsoring a barbeque luncheon on Saturday, April 22 for members, followed by the dance challenge with DJ Eturnal. Dancers are asked to start lining up at 1 p.m. The first 500 dancers to sign in for the dance line will receive commemorative Train Days t-shirts.

At Victor Valley Museum, the Antelope Valley N-scalers return and will be joined by a local group of train enthusiasts who will add a second layout in the galleries. Admission to the museum will also include children’s hands on crafts and train activities. Train Days at this county museum in Apple Valley will be open the weekend of April 22–23, and reopen Wednesday, April 26–April 30.

“Train Days at the county museum is great fun for all ages,” said Supervisor Hagman. “It also recalls the vitally important role that the railroad industry has played in the history of San Bernardino County and, indeed, in the economic development of the West. First came trails, then wagon roads, and then railroads that turned San Bernardino County into the link that joined the Pacific Coast with the eastern United States.”

“Train Days is a beloved tradition at the museum,” said Melissa Russo, museum director. “The event has grown over the years into a much-anticipated event when families can enjoy the fun of model railroading and see amazing hand-made layouts full of fascinating details. The engineering involved in crafting these tiny environments is something to experience.”

Train Days exhibits and activities are included with museum general admission. Lunch, snacks, and rides on a miniature train are available for purchase.

Train Days and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The Victor Valley Museum in Apple valley at 11873 Apple Valley Road. This branch museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays; admission is $5 (adult), $4 (military or senior), and $2.50 (student or child). Train Days is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Published April 3, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (82)



Regional Parks now hiring workers for summer swim season

recruitment-ig-jan17From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the San Bernardino County Regional Parks opens its swim complexes for families to enjoy. We would like to invite any interested candidates to apply as a Lifeguard or Summer Swim Complex employee, at one of our Regional Parks for the 2017 Summer Season.

All applicants are required to have C.P.R. and First Aid certifications, prior to the first day of employment.  Lifeguards will be required to show proof of current Lifeguard Certifications, valid through September 2017. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2017 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.00 hourly (1 at each site)

  • 21 years of age or older
  • 5 Years of Lifeguard Experience
  • 1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
New Lifeguard – $ 11.00 hourly

  • 16 Years of age or older

 

Summer Park Worker – Cashier/Pool Attendant/General Grounds/Cashiers/Top of Slide -$ 10.50 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older

Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through May 2017
  • Interviews will be scheduled February thru May of 2017
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in March 2017
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2017

All selected applicants will be interviewed by Park and Administrative Staff, at Regional Parks Administration.  Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please return completed applications to: Regional Parks Administration, 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92415-0763


Published March 8, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | 7 Comments | Number of Views (165)



State examines county’s handling of Dec. 2 workers’ comp cases

An investigation by the state into the county’s handling of workers’ compensation cases related to the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino found that treatment denials have been rare, indicates delays have been caused chiefly by doctors failing to submit information needed to approve treatments, and credits the county with establishing a model for dealing with incidents of this nature by hiring nurse case SB Strong Logo 1managers to facilitate treatment requests.

“The Board of Supervisors has shared the frustration expressed by many of the survivors when delays and denials have occurred,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood.

“No workers’ compensation program anywhere in the country has ever been called upon to serve such a large number of seriously injured and traumatized survivors of a terror attack,” Chairman Lovingood said. “This has been unchartered territory for the county, for the doctors, and most certainly for the survivors. But the state’s investigation shows the county has worked hard and effectively to ensure safe, and complete care for the employees injured during this horrific attack. This has been the county’s priority since that fateful day.”

Click here to view the report.

The numbers contained in the report bear out that denials, although frustrating when they occur, were the exception rather than the rule.

There have been a total of 2,146 requests for treatment from health care providers serving the 58 survivors being treated through workers’ compensation. 2,000 of those 2,146 requests for surgeries, prescriptions, physical therapy, counseling, and other medical treatments were approved. Among the 144 treatments that were denied, 68 appeals were filed by 11 employees. Only nine of the denials, representing less than one half of 1 percent of the total number of requests, were overturned on appeal.

Delays are more difficult to define and measure. However, the state’s investigation found a significant number of cases involving “a provider’s failure to provide an adequate clinical rationale or appropriate documentation to justify requests for extended or new prescriptions, extended or alternative therapies, or special equipment that veered away from standard medical treatment guidelines and limits.“

A lack of adequate information would have rendered the county unable to approve a treatment in a timely manner. In some cases, employees complained to the county about not having treatments approved before the county had even received requests from their providers.

“Often because (employees’) doctors had failed to document or fully explain their requests, employees who were still suffering and expected their doctors’ recommendations to be followed were frustrated by the denials,” said George Parisotto, Acting Administrative Director for the state Division of Workers’ Compensation, in a letter accompanying the report.

“The fact that several requests were denied and then authorized upon further review suggests that better communication by providers to the County’s claims administrators and better documentation at the time requests were first submitted might have reduced the number of UR (utilization review) denials and IMR (independent medical review) requests,” the report stated.

The report also pointed out:

–Because the county employees who were injured that day were on the job, “the County’s employees were both entitled and required to seek compensation from the County through California’s workers’ compensation system,” which is designed to prevent employers from interfering in the treatment of injured workers.

–“Workers’ compensation is, by design, very detailed and formulaic in specifying what compensation is due for specific types of injuries.” State fee schedules govern what must be paid for specific treatments. Any deviation has to be justified by the patient’s doctor. This is significant because in some cases treatments were denied because what the doctors wanted to charge far exceeded the state fee schedule.

–“Similar to Medicare and private health insurance plans”, workers’ compensation requires employers to have a utilization review program. “A decision to deny or modify a request can only be made by a licensed physician with expertise in the clinical issues raised,” the report stated.


Published March 1, 2017 | By Administrator | 1 Comments | Number of Views (103)



Board invites applications for West Valley Water District Board appointment

The Board of Supervisors invites residents of the West Valley Water District to apply for an appointment to the district’s Board of Directors.

The November election created a vacancy on the five-member water board. The remaining water board members were unable to reach a maxresdefaultconsensus on who to appoint to the vacant seat and asked the Board of Supervisors to make the appointment, which the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to do at its March 7 meeting.

The West Valley Water District provides drinking water to customers in portions of Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Bloomington and other unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County, and a portion of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County. District boundaries and other information about the district are available here.

Water district residents are invited to apply for consideration to be appointed to the open seat by 5 p.m. on Feb. 24. The Board of Supervisors created a special advisory committee consisting of Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales to interview the applicants and recommend an appointment to the full Board of Supervisors.

The person appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the water board on March 7 will have the option of running for election to the remainder of the seat’s full four-year term in the Nov. 7 election. The term for the vacant water board seat expires on Dec. 6, 2019.

The application and other information about the appointment are available here.

Application forms are also available at:

Clerk of the Board of Supervisors/County Government Center/385 N. Arrowhead Ave. – 2nd Floor/San Bernardino, CA 92415-0130

West Valley Water District/855 West Base Line Road/Rialto, CA 92376

Applications must be received physically or electronically by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 24. Physical receipt must be at the above San Bernardino address of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Electronic receipt must be at COB@sbcounty.gov. Applications that fail to comply with this procedure cannot be considered.

Additional information is available by calling the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (909) 387-3841.


Published February 15, 2017 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (620)



Furever Yours pet adoption event set for Valentine’s Day week

dogsadoptionAnimal Care and Control will host a week-long pet adoption event at its shelters in Devore and Big Bear. The Furever Yours pet adoption event will run Feb. 12 to 18. The Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists animals in County of San Bernardino Animal Shelters, is sponsoring the event.

Adoption fees during the event will be $25 for dogs and $17 for cats, which includes spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and microchipping for each pet. There is a limit of two adoptions per family. Licensing fees vary and are not included.

“During this event you can add a lifetime of love and happiness by bringing home a furever friend,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.  “There are a wide variety of companion animals available for adoption waiting to go to a loving home.”

The Devore Animal Shelter is at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino. The shelter opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. weekdays, and 5 p.m. on the weekends. Wednesdays the shelter is open late until 7 p.m.

The Big Bear Animal Shelter is on Northshore Road at Stanfield Cutoff in Big Bear City. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch 1 to 2 p.m.) and Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m. (closed for lunch 2 to 3 p.m.).

For more information, call San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at (800) 472-5609 or visit their website at www.sbcounty.gov/acc to see photographs of the animals awaiting adoption.

Animal Care and Control is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.


Published February 9, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (145)



County Clerk prepares for Valentine’s Day

The San Bernardino County Clerk’s office is preparing for one of the busiest days of the year as couples make plans to marry on Valentine’s Day.valentines-day-wedding-photography-inspiration

“Most couples know they need a marriage license to legally tie the knot, but that’s not the only marriage service you’ll find at the San Bernardino County Hall of Records” said Bob Dutton, San Bernardino County’s Assessor-Recorder-Clerk. “Marriage ceremonies are also conducted by the County Clerk’s office. The civil ceremony costs $65 and appointments are available at our main office in San Bernardino as well as our satellite offices located in Hesperia and Joshua Tree.

As you might expect, Valentine’s Day is a very popular day to get married at the Hall of Records. Seventy-four couples were wed over the 2016 Valentine’s Day weekend and numbers are expected to be high this year as well.

Ceremonies will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Walk-ins are welcome at our San Bernardino and Hesperia locations, however appointments are encouraged. Appointments are required for Joshua Tree.

To book your ceremony, please call (855) 732-2575 to reach the San Bernardino Hall of Records and (760) 995-8065 for appointments in Hesperia and Joshua Tree.


Published February 7, 2017 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (105)





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