By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County is sending up to 18 mental health professionals to communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, under an action by the Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors’ approval ratifies an action taken by Chairman Lovingood on September 7.
After the American Red Cross put out a call for trained volunteers, Department of Behavioral Health staff members that possess the appropriate qualifications volunteered. Through this humanitarian response, staff will be able to utilize their crisis response skill set while at the same time receive further training that can then be shared with other County departments.
Veronica Kelley, Director of County Behavioral Health, said the department has been providing crisis intervention services in the field throughout the County of San Bernardino since 2005. The experience of helping disaster victims will strengthen San Bernardino County’s emergency response to future disasters. The County will seek reimbursement.
In other action, the Board of Supervisors approved an agreement that allows the Town of Apple Valley to use County supplies for emergency animal cruelty cases. The Board also formally accepted 5,000 microchips valued at $28,239 donated by Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF). The microchips will be used for pets adopted from County Animal Care and Control shelters and at no cost to the adopting pet owners. Microchipping a pet can assist the owner to locate their lost pet quickly. Microchips offer a safe method to identify the owner of a microchipped animal by utilizing a unique identification number, which is assigned to the respective microchip.