Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

New state bills aim to expand mental health coverage as cries for help rise in South Bay and beyond

Feeling depressed and suicidal, a girl called the crisis line of Uplift Family Services, a nonprofit with several Bay Area locations that helps children. The girl said she felt like killing herself and was admitted for an immediate psychiatric evaluation and care. In another case, the nonprofit received a call from a teacher who was...

South Bay panel looks at what it means to defund police

As calls ring out to defund police departments across the country, South Bay community organizers weighed in on why the topic is important and what defunding could look like in Santa Clara County. “With my nephew being executed while unarmed by a covert response unit with an AR-15 to the head, I asked myself, ‘Why...

Santa Clara County struggles to breathe life into mental health services for ex-inmates

Santa Clara County supervisors are vowing to save a critically underfunded mental health program that often is a last resort for hundreds of former inmates in need of medical help. Community Awaiting Placement Supervision (CAPS) helps place former Santa Clara County inmates into mental health treatment programs. They are ordered, upon release, to receive outpatient...

Santa Clara County supervisors to discuss jail updates

The state of Santa Clara County jails — both inside and out — will come before the Board of Supervisors Sept. 1, with topics ranging from suicide prevention to hiring practices that take officers’ past conduct into account. Up for review are suicide prevention measures at Main Jail North in North San Jose and the...

Santa Clara County fire district mergers recommended after audits suggest mismanagement

Citing alleged mismanagement that potentially put thousands of residents at risk, auditors are recommending the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors consider merging the Los Altos Hills and South Santa Clara County fire districts, along with the Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District. A May 22 audit found the Los Altos Hills district spent funds...

Industrial hemp farms get approval in Santa Clara County

Although the cultivation of industrial hemp in California does not yet have federal approval, Santa Clara County has approved guidelines to get farmers rolling as soon they get the green light. Supervisors added industrial hemp regulations to the county’s zoning ordinance Aug. 25, making regulation of the crop a part of county code. Supervisors unanimously...

UPDATE: Santa Clara County supervisors run into hurdle over reforms at Sheriff’s Office

After months of review of potential law enforcement reforms at the Sheriff’s Office, Santa Clara County Supervisors faced the reality that their hands are somewhat tied. The sheriff is an independently elected official and supervisors have limited authority over that office, said Michael Genacco, a law enforcement expert and project manager for the Office of...

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