County Resource Fair connects KRV to beneficial programs

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Information about vital services from 16 Kern County departments was showcased at the County Resource Fair hosted by District 1 Supervisor Phillip Peters on Wednesday, June 22.

animal control

Kern County Animal Control shared information about several programs, including a program where veterans can adopt pets at no cost. Animal Control also offers low-cost vaccination and spaying clinics for dogs and cats. It provides immediate and temporary assistance with a short-term supply of dog and cat food for residents facing financial hardship that may result in the loss of one or more pets.

In Kern County, dogs over four months old must be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Their new licensing system will let people know when it’s time to renew. Fees collected for licenses help fund local animal welfare initiatives in the community. Animal Control representatives handed out healthy dog ​​treats at the fair, and the office is always looking for foster homes and rescue partners.

public defender

Gordon Lake and Claire Jenkins of the Kern County Public Defender’s Office shared information about the Clean Slate program. Expungement, which can remove barriers to employment and housing, is free and confidential, but it does not restore gun rights or prevent previous convictions from being used against a defendant in court . It’s not automatic; a motion must be filed and a judge must grant the dismissal. For more information, email [email protected] or call 661-868-4799.

District Attorney

The District Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant District Attorney Richard Choi along with some of his office staff. They reminded residents that it is illegal to drive while intoxicated. The DA’s office is also currently hiring attorneys, paralegals, interns, and other positions. Lists and services can be found online at bit.ly/3bv6Mwd.

Kern Public Health

The Department of Public Health has set up several charts to disseminate information on Kern County’s rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Tobacco Education Project Director Alejandra Quezada shared information on how to quit smoking and vaping. The Quit Vaping program offers an app to download from kickitca.org as well as an online chat. They also offer a phone coach (800-300-8086) and a texting program (text “quit vaping” to 66819).

The Let’s Get Healthy Kern 2022 campaign featured information on three initiatives aimed at improving the overall health of residents. The first is Know your numbers. Public health staff provided blood pressure tests, cholesterol/glycemia checks, and information on calculating body mass index (BMI). The second is Certified Healthy, designed to encourage residents to choose local restaurants that offer nutritious food and meet 10 nutrition criteria. The third was Waste Hunger not Food, a program that redirects healthy food that would have been wasted and distributes it to those in need.

A table was set up offering demonstrations on how to perform CPR on a baby and an adult. The department distributed pedometers, pens and post-its.

Personal services

The Department of Human Services (DHS) operates a local office in Lake Isabella and provided information on the many services they offer: Adoption, Protective Services, CalFresh, CalWorks, Employment Services, Medi-Cal, California Covered , social fraud prevention and COVID-19 updates.

DHS donated a variety of toiletries, washcloths, socks, water bottles, detergent, and eyeglass cleaning wipes – enough to fill the provided canvas bag.

Services for the elderly

Aging and Adult Services has a local office at 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd. His phone number is 760-379-4992. This service can help people find a caregiver or pay family members to act as caregivers to care for loved ones at home. They also provide meals for the elderly.

Upcoming programs and events are available at the Senior Center at Lake Isabella.

Public works

Mayra Chamale of the Department of Public Works handed out road damage reporting cards: call 661-862-8891 or visit KernPublicWorks.com/report. The office deals with potholes, illegal spills, guardrails, pavement markings, traffic lights and road signs. They also provided recycling information.

Mental Health

Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery (KBHR) provided information on suicide prevention. The crisis hotline is 800-991-5272. The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255. Both are available 24 hours a day. If you hear someone talking about suicide, he recommends five steps: (a) ask, (b) be there, (c) keep them safe, (d) follow up, and (e) help them connect. For those struggling with addiction, KBHR also provides a 24-hour addiction hotline at 866-266-4898 (drugfreekern.org). They help people find treatment and other resources.

Family services

Pathways and College Community Services (CCS), part of KBHR, provide a wide range of outreach, counseling and therapy programs as well as services to families or financially disadvantaged individuals covered by government programs. CCS has a local office located at 2731 Nugget Ave. at Lake Isabella. Their phone number is 760-379-3412.

Water supply

Kevin McCusker of California Water Services provided information on water conservation and, more importantly, how to lower your water bill. There is a Customer Assistance Program (CAP) where eligible customers can receive a fixed monthly discount equal to 50%. The CAP application is available on calwater.com. There is also a local office at 7138 Lake Isabella Blvd.

Firefighters and law enforcement

Kern County Fire Department provided information on wildfire prevention.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) sent three officers to the fair along with two office staff. Residents with non-emergency issues can call 661-861-3110. KCSO has provided a few other helpful numbers: Code Compliance 800-522-5376; the Narcotics Hotline 661-392-6003 and the Crime Prevention Unit 661-391-7559. Look for additional information online at kernsheriff.org.

County Clerk

The Kern County Clerk’s Office was represented by Aimee Espinoza, Deputy Auditor, Comptroller and County Clerk. His department takes care of accounting, payroll and audits; deals with property taxes; manages elections; provides notary public services; and issues marriage licenses. The website is kernvote.com for elections and kerncountyclerk.com for the county clerk, as these are separate functions.

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