Innovative PEAK initiative earns national award
Solano County has earned a National Association of Counties (NACo) "Achievement Award" for its Partnership for Early Access for Kids (PEAK) initiative. One of 11 California Counties recognized by this national organization, Solano's unique and innovative PEAK initiative was honored for its collaborative structure, leveraging of funds and replicability.
PEAK is a jointly-funded project of First 5 Solano and Solano County Health and Social Services (H&SS) Mental Health Division. H&SS utilized Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) planning and implementation funds to partner with First 5 Solano on a comprehensive continuum of early mental/developmental health services for children aged 0-5.
“First 5 Solano and Solano County H&SS Mental Health Division have become statewide leaders for young children’s mental and developmental health services with the successful implementation of PEAK,” said Debbee Gossell, First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission Chair. “PEAK leverages the best quality services at the most efficient cost for the highest return on investment.”
The project grew out of a year-long, countywide collaborative development of the “Solano Early Developmental Health Strategic Plan” in 2007, developed by partners across the spectrum of mental and developmental health services - pediatricians and hospitals, state early childhood developmental services, and parents, as well as non-profit, education, special education, mental health, child welfare and public health services providers.
“We are excited that the PEAK program has received national recognition,” said Glenda Lingenfelter, interim Deputy Director of Health & Social Services, Mental Health Division. “The collaboration among the agencies that provide services for young children is a model for others in Solano and across the state.”
PEAK is partially funded by the Mental Health Services Act, which was passed in 2004 to provide additional funding for county mental health services, including dedicated funds for prevention and early intervention. A community planning process identified very young children as a population in need and, in 2009, Solano County Mental Health partnered with First 5 Solano to fund prevention and early intervention services for children ages 0-5.
PEAK features parent and provider education and support, outreach, early identification, screening, assessment and treatment. PEAK partners are First 5 Solano and H&SS Mental Health Division, Children’s Nurturing Project, EMQ FamiliesFirst, Child Start Inc., Youth and Family Services, Solano Family and Children’s Services, North Bay Regional Center, Dixon Family Services, Solano County Office of Education/Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and Child Haven.
Posted: Aug. 30, 2010
onday, July 26, 2010, 11:42am PDT | Modified: Monday, July 26, 2010, 4:36pm
Brookings: Sacramento ranks 47th for export production
Sacramento Business Journal - by Kelly Johnson Staff writer
The Sacramento metro area ranks 48th in export jobs and 47th in total exports in a study that compares the nation’s 100 largest metro areas for production of U.S. exports.
The four-county region ranked 94th for export share of gross metropolitan product, with 6.3 percent.
The findings come from a study by the Brookings Institution, which examined the location of production of U.S. exports, particularly the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, between 2003 and 2008. The report was released Monday.
Sacramento produces $6.3 billion worth of exports a year, the Brookings report said. Some 6.3 percent of what the region produces was exported in 2008, supporting 43,235 jobs, the study found. Sacramento’s recent export growth was about average, increasing by 8.6 percent.
The region’s largest export industry is computer and electronic product manufacturing, the study said.
Topping the list for the largest amount of exports produced in 2008 was the New York/northern New Jersey/Long Island region with $85.16 billion in exports. Next was Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana with $78.54 billion. San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont came in sixth with $30.9 billion. Silicon Valley was 11th, with $22.79 billion.
A Sacramento international trade consultant who has read the report said in an e-mail that he has “serious qualms about the methodology used in the Brookings study to apportion exports among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas.”
“In the case of the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA, that methodology would tend to overstate the value of locally produced exports, likely by a significant margin,” said Jock O’Connell, international trade and economics adviser for Beacon Economics.
The study “provides a rather distorted map of the state’s economic geography,” he said.
“Brookings apportions exports based on where value is said to have been added. The problem is that considerable value can be added in a manufacturing process at locations remote from where actual manufacturing occurs,” he said.
“Intel’s facility in Folsom is a classic example,” O’Connell continued. “Although its mission is pre-eminently (research and development), it is defined for statistical collection purposes as a manufacturing establishment. Allocating a portion of the nation’s exports of computer and electronic products to the Sacramento area solely because Intel’s Folsom facility adds value to Intel’s operations is seriously misleading. From a goods movement perspective, Intel Folsom has the profile of a community college campus.”
“This situation is commonly replicated throughout California, where high value-adding R&D facilities are routinely situated in high-cost areas that are often some distance from the generally lower-cost areas where goods are typically produced,” he said.