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Council considers funding free mobile health clinic

The Turlock City Council is moving forward with one recommendation by its Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness by considering approval of a pilot program to provide portable medical and behavioral health care services.

The Board will consider a one-year contract with Community Health Centers of America to provide a full range of medical care and behavioral health services for the Turlock community. CHCA will rotate their location throughout the city on a weekly basis based on a well-communicated schedule to ensure services are provided to all segments of the community.

Some of the services CHCA will provide if the recommended agreement is approved include:

· Primary care visit for all recipients.

· Vaccines for those in need such as flu vaccine and others as required.

· Medication will be ordered and supplied by TIN Rx. For anyone without insurance, there is no charge. For people with insurance, the necessary medication will be provided to them and their co-payment will be waived.

· A psychiatric nurse practitioner will provide all mental health counseling. If medication is required, it will be provided by the program.

All services will be provided by a CHCA nurse.

The cost to the City to provide both medical and mental health services will be $450,000 per year, which Council will consider paying for the first year out of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

On Tuesday, the Council is also expected to:

· Consider approving a second round of grants for community events and activities to the following organizations:

o $3,000 for Kitchen for Change Spring Brunch (Turlock Community Theatre)

o $3,000 for Kitchens for Change Fall Brunch (Alix Cox & Company)

o $2,700 for Stan State Softball Tournament of Champions (Assyrian American Civic Club)

o $3,000 for Kappa Sigma Military Hero Car Show (WGAS Motorsports)

o $1,500 for Arrowhead Club 7th Annual Basketball Tournament (Assyrian Church of the East)

o $3,000 for Love Turlock

o $1,500 for Kayla Bernardi BEE Positive Fun Run (38th DAA)

o $1,000 for Arrowhead Club – Annual Golf Tournament (WGAS Motorsports)

o $1,500 for Turlock Chaplaincy Fun Run (Assyrian American Civic Club);

· Consider approving an electric vehicle charging station license agreement between the City of Turlock and the Turlock Irrigation District to use a portion of three city parking lots – 129 S. Broadway, 251 Crane Avenue and 2400 N. Tegner Rd. – to install, operate and maintain various electric vehicle chargers;

· Consider endorsing the City Manager’s appointment of Erik Schulze to the position of Director of Public Works effective November 4, 2022;

· Consider authorizing the use of staff time and City resources to prepare an ordinance that would prohibit former city elected officials, city managers and department directors from exercising their jurisdiction over specific championing matters.

For a complete list of agenda items for the city council meeting, visit https://www.cityofturlock.org/government/turlockcitycouncil/councilmeetings.asp

The City Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Yosemite Room at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway. All meetings are open to the public and will include a time for public participation.

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