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San Bernardino County wins 40 awards from National Association of Counties

By Ariel Dun
Community Writer
2017-05-10 at 16:24:19

SAN BERNARDINO>> Several San Bernardino County programs have recently won 2017 achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

These programs included ending veteran homelessness, advancing literacy, and saving citrus trees.

The Public Defender and the Department of Behavioral Health also won a Best in Category Achievement Award for the Everyone SWIMS program.

Everyone SWIMS is a program that seeks to address the issue of unnecessarily hospitalization or incarceration of individuals with psychological distress and mental disorders. Everyone SWIMS stands for Self-sufficient, Well-being, In-house, Mental health services. 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 following people and departments are part of the awarded programs:

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)

Winners will be honored by the Board of Supervisors at an upcoming public meeting on July 23. 

To view specific information about each program, visit

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