Emergency Warming Shelter Open; TTCF Releases Impact Agenda; Short-Term Rental Helpline; More

Briefs: Dec. 22-28, 2023

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Emergency Warming Shelter Open

TRUCKEE

The emergency warming shelter for those experiencing homelessness is open in a new location under new management following a nearly two-month delay due to staffing challenges.

The shelter is located at 10075 Levon Ave. (the courthouse building) with an entrance on the east side of the building on the second floor, accessible by ramp. The shelter is run by Nevada County Health and Human Services with support from North Tahoe Truckee Homeless Services, Placer County, Tahoe Forest Hospital, and the Town of Truckee.

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The shelter is open 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Additional shelter nights will open based on the following weather triggers: 15 degrees fahrenheit or less, more than one foot of forecasted snowfall, or other severe inclement weather.

The shelter replaces the emergency warming center run by North Tahoe Truckee Homeless Services, which was unable to open Nov. 1.

For more information about the shelter schedule, call (530) 807-8818. For information on additional homeless services in the Tahoe/Truckee region, visit ntthomelessservices.com.  Unsheltered residents of Placer and Nevada counties may also contact Connecting Point 211 for important resources that can help with housing, rental assistance, hunger relief, and more. From any phone, dial 211. Operators are available 24/7. Information can also be found online at 211connectingpoint.org/tahoe-truckee/

~ Nevada County enews

Voluntary Health Inspection Placard Project Kicks Off

WASHOE COUNTY

Northern Nevada Public Health, formerly the Washoe County Health District, will be launching a voluntary pilot placard program for all facilities with health permits beginning Jan. 2, 2024. This includes full-service restaurants, grocery stores, bars, and manufacturers.

Existing inspection data can be readily found on NNPH’s Washoe Eats mobile app. This placarding pilot provides another avenue for the community to find health inspection information.

The program will give these establishments a placard with a grade during their next health inspection. Participating establishments can then post these placards near the entrance or point-of-sale, giving consumers more transparency when shopping or eating. Placards will be colored (green for pass; yellow for conditional pass; red for fail) according to the score received during the most recent health inspection. 

Scores are determined by the number of critical food safety risk factor violations observed during the inspection. In addition, placards will also display critical risk factor violations observed by the environmental health specialist conducting the inspection.

NNPH is excited to provide easier access to health inspection information and believes this project will help consumers feel confident and safe in their dining and shopping choices, provide easier access to health inspection information, and reward facilities for their hard work in maintaining a culture of food safety.

During this pilot project, beginning Jan. 2, 2024, NNPH encourages the community and permit holders to provide feedback. Anyone interested in providing feedback can do so with this online, anonymous survey.

~ NNPH press release

TTCF Releases Impact Agenda

TRUCKEE

In 2017, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation released an impact agenda tied to a five-year strategic plan focused on workforce housing, strengthening families, and protecting forests. TTCF released an update to the impact agenda that outlines accomplishments and looks to the future. 

Key initiatives in the report include:

  • Stronger families: Assisting families and individuals to assist with needs, developing tomorrow’s leaders, and preparing for emergencies.
  • Housing for the people: Supporting a healthy workforce by ensuring everyone has safe and stable housing.
  • Protecting the future of forests: Turning to forestry experts and entrepreneurial solutions to heal forests, prepare for the worst, and unlock new streams of regional income. 

Read it here.

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce enews

Short-Term Rental Helpline

TRUCKEE

The Town of Truckee’s Short-Term Rental (STR) Ordinance is intended to welcome visitors to Truckee while reducing neighborhood nuisance issues associated with short-term rental properties. A helpline is available for reporting properties that are in violation of the ordinance.

Call (530) 450-2430 to speak to a third party representative who can facilitate complaints. Visit townoftruckee.com/strhelp to submit a complaint online.

Ordinance highlights:

  • Noise: Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Trash collection: Accumulation of trash outside a rental is prohibited
  • Parking: No parking is permitted on the street or in an unpaved area
  • BBQ and fire pits: Charcoal grills, wood-burning fire pits, bonfires, and campfires are prohibited

All communications received are followed up on and investigated by the Town of Truckee. For general inquiries regarding short-term rentals call (530) 582-5280 or email tot@townoftruckee.com.

~ Town of Truckee enews

New Managed Care Plan for Medi-Cal Recipients

EL DORADO, NEVADA, PLACER COUNTIES

On Jan. 1, Partnership HealthPlan of California will become the Managed Care Plan for Medi-Cal recipients in Nevada and Placer counties. El Dorado County, meanwhile, is shifting to a two-plan model.

Partnership operates in what is known as a Community Organized Health System, which means it is a public, nonprofit entity governed by a board of representatives from each county covered. Partnership is currently the Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan for 14 northern California counties and on Jan. 1, will add 10 additional counties. Partnership has a track record of expanding the provider network and investing in community health.

This is a large transition in care. Partnership has been working diligently to outreach to providers and recipients alike. Medi-Cal recipients were sent a series of letters notifying them of the change, and Partnership has conducted outreach to over 600 providers, hosted introductory webinars for providers, repeatedly visited the community, and is making every effort to contract with all current Medi-Cal providers.

This change will be automatic, and members do not need to take action. This does not affect members’ Medi-Cal coverage or benefits. Members’ Medi-Cal coverage and benefits will stay the same even if their Medi-Cal health plan changes. 

In the event that a provider is not in contract for Medi-Cal services as of Jan. 1, Partnership is committed and obligated to provide continuity of care, with the goal that recipients of treatment, including mental health treatment, can continue seeing their current provider if that provider is willing. Partnership will honor all approved treatment authorizations from the previous managed care plans. Those who are recipients of services or a provider and are concerned about the ability to continue receiving or delivering care should call to ensure continuity of care:

  • For Mental Health Care services, call Carelon Behavioral Health at (855) 765-9703
    • Carelon represents Partnership for Mental Health Services
  • For all other general Partnership questions:
    • Call Member Services at (800) 863-4155, 
    • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    • TTY/TDD users can call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2929 or call 711. 

For more information on this transition, visit the Partnership website at partnershiphp.org.

El Dorado County residents enrolled in Fee-For-Service Medi-Cal did not receive a letter in late 2023 as it is voluntary for them to be in a Medi-Cal health plan. 

Additional state resources:

  • Medi-Cal Member Frequently Asked Questions – click here
  • Continuity of Care Frequently Asked Questions – click here

~ Placer, Nevada county press releases

Shedding Light on Homelessness

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Chamber of Commerce will focus on homelessness at Good Morning Truckee on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Truckee Town Hall. The presentation will include updates from members of the Tahoe Truckee Homeless Advisory Committee, including Cathie Foley with North Tahoe-Truckee Homeless Services, Jazmin Breaux of Nevada County Health & Human Services, and Kristina Kind with Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. The recently formed coalition is working to create caring, innovative, and permanent solutions for those experiencing homelessness in the community and across county lines. 

Presentations will address recent studies regarding homelessness in California by the University of California, San Francisco, a recap of community work, data based on the point-in-time count for 2024, and more.

Good Morning Truckee is offered in person and is recorded for viewing later. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Cost is $10 for Truckee Chamber members and $12 for future members.

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release

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