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Page 8 The Cloverdale Reveille July 11, 2019 www.cloverdalereveille,com Continued from Page 1 On July 5, Cornish was at the California Highway Patrol in be really neat and special if we ran Rohnert Park and ran two miles one mile every day to honor every with CHP Lt. Diana Johnson. single individual," cornish said. Johnson said she has never seen During each run, the three carry:: any tribute like this. a sign with the name of the person "We do garner community they are running for, how they died support, but this is very unique. It's and which agency they worked for. really special," Johnson said. "It is unusual for people to On a separate occasion they also express their support like that. We ran with CHP Officer Kimberly really appreciate it," said Sebastopol Lemons and Officer Morgan police officer Cameron Fenske. Blanchard. The group started their paces in Cornish said the goal of the Windsor and Windsor Deputy Larry project is to simply honor officers for Matelli went along with them for the their work. first run. "We want to try and bring From there, they want to the Cotati, Petaluma, Sebastopol and ~ Santa Rosa police departments. They also went to the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety and Healdsburg, San Rafael, and Novato police departments as well as the Marin County Sheriffs Office. On the Fourth of July they ran to 'hCmor Newman Police Officer Ronil Sir~gh, who was killed on Dec. 26. awareness to just how great and necessary they are and that's what this is about," she said. Cornish said, "This has been an amazing experience. It's been awful because we've learned so much about who these officers were and how they were killed but it brings everything to reality, it makes them real." Cash said the runs are a bit tiring but that seeing everybody makes it rewarding. He said it makes him feel sad hearing about an officer who has died, but doing the run makes him feel better. Sidnie pointed out it's sad because ff an officer dies, then someone is left without a sister, or a brother, or a husband. Next stop On Sunday, July 7 the Cornish family ran their miles in Cloverdale starting from the Cloverdale Police Department. Next, they will head back to the Cotati Police Department and the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety where officers will join them in the run. Cornish said they would continue to run for every officer killed this year. Want to follow them along on their runs? Follow or search for the #2019FallenOfficerTribute on Facebook to find out where they'll be next. ? i!ii!ii+ii i!!i!!i!i:i!i:ii!ii! i iiii?ii Photo courtesy Facebook MILE MAFU(ER -- Officer Jason Mora high-riving Cash Cornish. and Tabitha Cornish PAVING: 140 feet can make a difference Continued from Page 1 Continued from Page I three campuses: the County Administrative Center off Hwy. 101, the Chanate Medical the meeting. "It's 140 feet 2017-18, the budget deficit was $10 million, Complex in the hills east of there and Los separating me from being and fund balances were insufficient to meet Guilicos at the north end of Sonoma Valley. involved in mY community, revenue shortfalls. Current estimates for Most of the buildings were built before 1970, and that wasn't an 2019-20 indicate an $8.5 million shortfall, and the estimated worth of these properties exaggeration -- it was the The Grand Jury enumerated several is around $2 billion, truth." causes, including the following: According to the report, "At all three Verde and her partner hopeful but inaccurate budget campuses, routine preventative purchased their house in 2013. forecasting maintenance and repairs have been In August 2015, she began to failure to provide feedback mechanisms neglected -- either unfunded or experience health problems to correct widening budget gaps underfunded due to budgetary constraints that led to her being the lack of appropriately-trained -- with the result that physical wheelchair-bound. personnel deterioration is evident." "When you're walking and the delay in implementation of a new "Building maintenance in Sonoma you can drive, you're not medical record, billing and claiming system County was kept up fairly well until the aware that this (Rockydale (Avatar) 2008 recession and then was significantly Lane) would not sustain a critical failures in compliance deferred," the report states. "Deferred wheelchair, walker, crutches oversight maintenance has not recovered since then. or a cane," she said. "I think leadership's failure to understand Ongoing maintenance is underfunded, that, for me, when this complex, government finance systems There is little funding for demolition; happened it occurred to us The Grand Jury report was unstinting in unused properties are largely abandoned in that this road was not going to its criticism: place." be a functional road for being "Leadership's lack of knowledge and Deferred maintenance has a dramatic pushed down." understanding of government finance effect on the value of property, the report After Verde brought the systems contributed to inaccurate forecasts points out. "The Chanate property in 2016 issue up to the city in June of revenues and expenditures. Significant was appraised unimproved at $7 million 2017, they agreed to form a turnover in employees in key positions, and estimated improved at $275.5 million." subcommittee and begin the without replacing them with persons with The Board of Supervisors established a discussion of a possible fix. equivalent knowledge, experience and deferred maintenance fund a year ago, but From there a subcommittee training, contributed to lack of according to the report, "funding has been was created and a preliminary understanding of vital budget and inconsistent, and the fund has been used to budget made, with a projected accounting processes. Section and program cover other program costs." completion date of between managers were excluded from budget The county has explored public/private fall 2018 and spring 2019. development, contributing to inaccurate partnerships to repair existing buildings or Taking slightly longer than projections of service needs. This exclusion fund new ones, but no such efforts were anticipated, the project was also led to the inability to control program identified in the report, completed on June 28. expenditures. Professional communication The Grand J.ury recommendations offer: As it sits, the paved path, was stifled.by a culture,ofretribu.tion and no~ magic bullet solutions and are priniaril~: which covers a little less than neglect, which impacted.the free flow of~ procedural; suggesting better record half of the width of Rockydale, information. This led to an egregious lack keeping (via an existing county computer is the extent of the project. of transparency." program) and better reporting. It also "There are no further plans According to the report, "The Civil recommends that repairs for deferred to pave Rockydale Lane," Grand Jury consistently and repeatedly maintenance that actually endanger Assistant City Manager Kevin requested fiscal policies and procedures employee's health and safety be givenThompson said. "Under within BHD. None were forthcoming." immediate attention. Rockydale Lane are private Managing Public Properties in Find the complete grand jury reports at sewer laterals that don't meet Sonoma County sonoma.courts.ca.gov/sites/all/assets/pdfs city standards. Road Sonoma County owns over 90 buildings /general-info/grand-jury/2018- reconstruction will require the on 500 acres, most of which are located in 2019/GrandJury2019Final.pdf. upgrading of the sewer laterals, we don't currently have funding for that large of a project." According to Thompson the project took longer than anticipated because of "contractor engagement and material availability." While the paved part of the road enables Verde to leave her house on her own accord, she emphasized how these types of improvements can better the lives of everyone in town. Having improved roads and more accessible areas can better the lives of those who may be aging in place, or those with kids who may have to push around a stroller. "Sometimes it's hard that both are true -- the city is trying to deal with absence of income and how to balance situations like this. "Maybe just me bringing this to everyone's attention will bring light to other things. Me being in this community saying 'I want to be involved and out' maybe will bring attention to things that aren't as accessible. And maybe as time allows, those things will continue to be modified." Similar to the the part of Cloverdale it's in, Rockydale Lane often becomes enveloped in water when heavy rains hit Cloverdale. However, when winter comes, the city is expecting the pathway to hold up to the rain, Thompson said. In making the design, they accounted for rain and bad weather. For the past couple weeks, Verde has enjoyed being able money with projects -- and the to independently explore the other side of it is that this is actually a human right, a civil right, a federal law. To me, the two weren't exclusive," Verde said. The process of working through this has emphasized the global aspect of this issue -- what happens when municipalities are faced with lack of money, crumbling Cloverdale that has sat just beyond her fingertips for the past four years. Things that she once needed help leaving her house for -- like ~ patronizing downtown or going to her neighbor's house : -- she's now able to do without help. "I don't have to strain, struggle, I don't have to worry infrastructure and addressing that I'm going to fall. I feel like accessibility concerns, Verde I can do it on my owfii" she ~ said. said.~:~a~d~fer.~nt when I My hepe+~ould,!b~thato:, go ousts hke mght ~j~ everyone ~atchiii~at ~da~'~ ' ' "' '~ have gone through realizes "I have literally left my :'-~ this could happen to them," house every day, and it's been Verde said. "No one wakes up great," she said. "Having thinking they're going to access has made a huge become disabled, their difference to me. A huge lifestyle is going to change, difference in just feeling like I their ability to be employed is can call the shot in my day -- I going to change, their reliance can do what I want, when I on healthcare is going to want, not when somebody can change, they may have get me there." App project from the Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative, was created after fire aftermath By Heather Bailey Staff Writer heather@sonomawest.com The historical wildfires of 2017 left behind more than just physical damage to people and property, they left behind mental scars that have affected people beyond just those who lost homes or loved ones. In the wake of the fires, the Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative (WMHC) sprung up to provide support to anyone struggling in the aftermath. But as they've offered various initiatives, the WHMC wanted to find a way to streamline and increase their outreach, and the Sonoma Rises App was born. The app is free, available in English and Spanish, and helps connect users with free and local mental health care services. Users can access customized tools to help cope with stress, heal from loss, prioritize self-care, connect with others, manage anger and track their mood. There are also tools designed just for teens, with a special 13 and older section. "The use of technology means that people can seek help from the privacy of home or work when they are feeling anxious, angry, depressed, fuzzy minded, etc " said Debbie Mason, CEO, Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County. "It provides coping strategies right when someone needs them and allows them to track their progress with that issue, should they choose to do that." According the WHMC the app was developed in collaboration with national PTSD experts from Stanford University and beyond. One of those experts is Adrienne Heinz, Research Psychologist, National Center for PTSD; Substance and Anxiety Intervention Laboratory, Director, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. According to her, the Sonoma Rises app was created by a team of four psychologists at the VA National Center for PTSD (Heinz, Dr. Beth Jaworski, Dr. Sarah Steinmetz and Dr. Katie Taylor). The team members all had previous training and experience with designing and evaluating mobile apps to support mental health and well being. "Mobile health interventions have the potential to reach and positively impact health in historically underserved populations. Specifically, they can help overcome many of the barriers that limit access to treatment which include stigma, low perceived need for help, cost, geography, access, lack of convenience and competing time priorities," Heinz said. "Survivors of disaster have limited time and bandwidth to access care as they must juggle everyday responsibilities with the overwhelming task of rebuilding a home and life, Further, burgeoning evidence now suggests that ;. teens find mobile mental health applications acceptable and use them with moderate to good engagement.!' According to Heinz, The World Psychiatry Association's Commission on the Future of Psychiatry has named digital therapeutics as coping with stress, managing a key priority area for anger, prioritizing yourself, improving global mental healing from loss, feeling health in the next decade, connected and RiseTeen for "The opportunity to younger users. There are advance the science and also lists of resources for practice of employing digital users in need. mental health interventions RiseTeen is Mason's post-disaster holds great favorite feature. promise in supporting the "I love how it is focused on health, well being and real life issues that teens face resilience of communities daily, like being bullied, devastated by natural having a hard time with disasters. Individuals can teachers or parents, not carry these tools and being able to focus on school resources in their pocket to work. Those are real be accessed any time, struggles for teens and this anywhere," Heinz said. app helps them far beyond "The core content of the what they are feeling post- app calls upon components of wildfires in terms of trauma. Cognitive Behavior Therapy It helps them navigate real and Skills for Psychological life with a private tool to Recovery (SPR). SPR was help," she said. "The same developed by disaster mental could be said for the adults, health experts within the but I am most worried about National Child Traumatic teens, because they rarely Stress Network and is ask for help -- even when intended to be used in the they are struggling months and years after a mightily." disaster," Heinz continued. Finally, there is an "In terms of challenges, we activity regiment and wanted to be sure not to just activity tracker, meant to translate a treatment manual help restore mental balance into an app but instead to users, and offers activities create an intimate and such as an anxiety log, a humanized user experience, modd tracker, a well-being As such, we decided to make log, a post-disaster stress log the majority of the content and a depression log. You audio-based and include can also personalize your interactive features that profile. could be personalized to the According to Sarah Katz, individual." wildfire mental health The app requires age collaborative outreach verification, and for users to manager, Health Care sign a service agreement and Foundation Northern then create a four-digit Sonoma County, the passcode. Then you are Healthcare Foundation asked to voluntarily answers worked with local schools in questions about your the spring to share demographics and your information with students experiences during the fire. and staff about the Sonoma The main page asks "What Rises app. Teens promoted would you like help with the app to their classmates at right now?" and offers Healdsburg Junior High and potential topics such as Cardinal Newman. Staff and counselors also promoted the year resumes later in the Sonoma Rises app as year, we will continue resource to help students outreach in school settings manage anger and other and hope to reach high feelings, and incorporated schools throughout the components of the app into county," Katz said. their curriculum. Students, staff, or parents "This summer, we are interested in outreach for the beginning a social media Sonoma Rises app at their campaign so we can reach high school should contact more teens in Sonoma mentalhealth@healthcare County with the Sonoma foundation.net. Rises app. When the school