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Santa Clara County to subsidize prescription drug costs

Santa Clara County is launching a program to help offset high prescription drug costs for residents with chronic diseases. MedAssist will provide monthly grants to adults who rely on asthma inhalers, insulin or epinephrine auto-injectors (EPI pens) to function on a daily basis. The county has worked on this effort for several years and has already enrolled several dozen...

Santa Clara wants to be carbon neutral by 2045

Santa Clara is proposing a bevy of policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the next couple decades. The city is updating its Climate Action Plan, with goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2035 and for the city to be carbon neutral by 2045. The plan calls for carbon-neutral data centers and helping hotels,...

Santa Clara County sees demand for mental health treatment

After years of debating and evaluating a controversial state mental health treatment law, the program is in effect in Santa Clara County—and officials see early progress. The Board of Supervisors approved an assisted outpatient treatment program last May, known as Laura’s Law. The county Behavioral Health Services Department manages the program. The law is named after Laura...

San Jose schools are link to student mental health services

The COVID-19 pandemic has left an astounding level of youth and teens with emotional problems that have migrated from homes into San Jose schools. The crisis has sent school administrators scrambling to find mental health care professionals to deal with student disengagement, chronic absenteeism, disciplinary problems and the tragic loss of students by suicide. Yet,...

Santa Clara County to review how sex assault DNA is handled

Santa Clara County officials are asking the county’s top law enforcement agency to review how it uses DNA collected from survivors of sexual assault, following a scandal in San Francisco. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday for the Santa Clara County District Attorney to outline how the county crime lab handles DNA from sexual...

Santa Clara County to lift indoor mask mandate

Starting Wednesday, masks will not be required indoors in Santa Clara County. County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced this significant milestone during a Tuesday news conference. She said the county and the state still strongly recommend wearing masks in all indoor public spaces. “We know that as inconvenient as it may be, COVID...

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