Advocacy Priorities:

  • Advocate for prioritization of people experiencing homelessness and front line shelter workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccination;

  • Continue to participate in Public Health Advocates First Response Transformation Campaign's Equity Advisory Committee

  • Zero Tolerance Policy for institutions [hospitals, jail, foster care system, shelters] discharging people "to the streets;"

  • Monitor the implementation of SB1152: Hospital Patient Discharge Process: Homeless Patients [effective 1/1/2019]; 

  • Continue to participate in the County's Methamphetamine Coalition;

  • Continue to advocate for the expansion of respite or recuperation care beds in Sacramento County;

  • Advocacy for new County jail discharge procedures for homeless people with mental health issues - modeled after Los Angeles County;

  • Increased funding for County "Alcohol & Other Drugs [AOD]" treatment slots/beds- for homeless youth, men, women and pregnant women;

  • Advocate for the County to move to drug and mental health treatment on demand;

  • Increased funding for interdisciplinary outreach teams - nurse and a mental health worker - to do outreach to homeless people with a priority of out-stationing teams in the Winter Shelter program sites as well as street outreach;

  • Increased funding for mental health services and programs and ensure needs of "dually diagnosed" are being addressed;

  • Annually research, produce and disseminate the Sacramento County Homeless Deaths Report