CA Association of Counties awards San Bernardino with five best practice recognitions

By on September 23, 2018

San Bernardino County (SBC) employees have been recognized by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) with five awards in two major categories. CSAC honors best practices in county governments throughout the state each year. SBC received three Merit Awards in the category of Government Finance, Administration and Technology and one award each in the category of Health and Human Services and in the Housing, Land Use and Infrastructure category.

“These well-deserved awards illustrate the great work being done by County employees putting the public’s hard-earned tax dollars to work improving life in San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood. “These five programs are examples of how the County is working hard and working smart to create a community where residents and investors can prosper and achieve well-being.”

In CSAC’s Government Finance, Administration and Technology category, SBC’s departments won the following:

  • The Environmental Health Services Division won for the Elevated Risk Plan program which improved food handling practices at food facilities that had a higher risk of causing food-borne illnesses and helped operators learn to achieve long-term compliance.
  • The Workforce Development Department won for the Generation Go! Work-Based Learning Program which helped 14 high school students complete their medical assistant certification work experience hours at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in May 2018. The program also prepared 452 students to complete a job readiness class in summer 2018 in order to go on to enroll in a credit-earning work experience course at a community college.
  • The Fleet Management Department won for the In-House Vehicle Title, Registration and Plates program which eliminated delays in obtaining these items from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The County is responsible for more than 6,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment ranging from golf carts to earth movers. Fleet Management staff learned they could become internal DMV registrars with training through the DMV Business Partner Automation Program. SBC is the first governmental DMV Business Partner in California.

The award recipient in the Health and Human Services category was:

  • The Department of Behavioral Health won for its Video Interpretation program. Behavioral Health partnered with the Health Care Interpreter Network to pilot the use of a real-time video interpretation system in order to improve access to care and services and provides an immediate translation of a broad spectrum of languages including American Sign Language.

In the Housing, Land Use and Infrastructure category the award recipient was:

  • The SBC Department of Public Works (DPW) won a Merit Award for its Performance Based Pavement Preservation program which improved the way the County maintains more than 2,175 miles of paved roads. The DPW program categorizes its roads, confines projects to remain within a geographical zone and conducts preventative maintenance prior to critical points before road repair costs escalate.

For the 2018 awards, CSAC received 275 entries from counties throughout California. The County of San Bernardino has been a frequent CSAC award recipient. The County won four CSAC awards in 2017, four in 2016, three in 2015 and 2014, five in 2013, three in 2012, two in 2011 and one in 2010. The County has been distinguished with more than 300 state and national awards for innovative and cost-saving programs since 2010, including 42 awards from the National Association of Counties in May 2018.