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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

July 8, 2002

MECKLENBURG PROGRAMS RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Charlotte, NC – Mecklenburg County’s commitment to high caliber, innovative programs and projects has earned it national recognition. The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized 25 Mecklenburg County programs with an Achievement Award.

– Mecklenburg County’s commitment to high caliber, innovative programs and projects has earned it national recognition. The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized 25 Mecklenburg County programs with an Achievement Award.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will recognize team members and leaders from half of the award recipients during its July 9 regular meeting. The others will be recognized during the Board’s August meeting.

Begun in 1970, the annual Achievement Award Program seeks to recognize innovative, creative and successful County government programs. The Achievement Awards Program gives national recognition to County accomplishments and has enabled NACo to build a storehouse of county success stories that can be passed on to other counties.

The following Mecklenburg County programs received the 2002 NACo Achievement Award:

Mecklenburg Interviewing Tool—MIT is a software application used by the Economic Services Division and by the Adult Medicaid unit of the Department of Social Services to interview clients seeking Work First, Food Stamps, Adult Medicaid, Family & Children’s Medicaid and Special Assistance.

—MIT is a software application used by the Economic Services Division and by the Adult Medicaid unit of the Department of Social Services to interview clients seeking Work First, Food Stamps, Adult Medicaid, Family & Children’s Medicaid and Special Assistance.

Virtual Village Communication Center—Through the public library, the Virtual Village Communication Center, an 11,000 square foot computer lab, is available for free use seven days a week. One of its objectives is to provide technology-based assistance to persons with disabilities, accomplished through 15 highly-specialized workstations and other available equipment.

—Through the public library, the Virtual Village Communication Center, an 11,000 square foot computer lab, is available for free use seven days a week. One of its objectives is to provide technology-based assistance to persons with disabilities, accomplished through 15 highly-specialized workstations and other available equipment.

Services for Adults Transportation System—Services for Adults, within the Department of Social Services, provides free or low cost transportation to qualified citizens. The county has contractual agreements with local cab companies to provide trips. To better manage this service, Services for Adult, the Information Services Division of DSS and the County Information Services and Technology Department jointly developed a computer-based application.

—Services for Adults, within the Department of Social Services, provides free or low cost transportation to qualified citizens. The county has contractual agreements with local cab companies to provide trips. To better manage this service, Services for Adult, the Information Services Division of DSS and the County Information Services and Technology Department jointly developed a computer-based application.

Well Information System—This Internet mapping application is designed to allow citizens to easily obtain information concerning sampling of water supply wells within Mecklenburg County.

This Internet mapping application is designed to allow citizens to easily obtain information concerning sampling of water supply wells within Mecklenburg County.

Leadership Development—The Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) Academy is a program for leadership succession created by Mecklenburg County to encourage the professional development of leadership skills and institutional knowledge among current and future leaders.

—The Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) Academy is a program for leadership succession created by Mecklenburg County to encourage the professional development of leadership skills and institutional knowledge among current and future leaders.

Mecklenburg EMS Agency Community Relations Program—The Mecklenburg EMS Agency, better known as Medic, is committed to reducing 911 calls by preventing injuries from occurring in the first place. With that goal in mind, Medic created a comprehensive, proactive Community Relations Program that is data-driven and produces measurable results.

—The Mecklenburg EMS Agency, better known as Medic, is committed to reducing 911 calls by preventing injuries from occurring in the first place. With that goal in mind, Medic created a comprehensive, proactive Community Relations Program that is data-driven and produces measurable results.

Child Safety Program—In March 2001, two Mecklenburg County Security Police Officers initiated the Child Safety Program, which provides training to County employees who transport children in Child Passenger Safety, Child Abuse and Neglect and Bike Helmet Safety.

—In March 2001, two Mecklenburg County Security Police Officers initiated the Child Safety Program, which provides training to County employees who transport children in Child Passenger Safety, Child Abuse and Neglect and Bike Helmet Safety.

The RISE Program—The Re-education, Intervention and Skills Enhancement Program (RISE) is a Day Reporting and Treatment Center for 12-17 year old juvenile offenders facing level two juvenile sanctions. Operated by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office since its start in September 2000, RISE provides educational, behavioral, vocational and overall youth development in highly structured environment.

—The Re-education, Intervention and Skills Enhancement Program (RISE) is a Day Reporting and Treatment Center for 12-17 year old juvenile offenders facing level two juvenile sanctions. Operated by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office since its start in September 2000, RISE provides educational, behavioral, vocational and overall youth development in highly structured environment.

Bridging the Gap—Bridging the Gap is a collaborative project between Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health, the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) and Carolina’s Medical Center (CMC). The program provides information and support to the families of young children who require extended periods in hospitalization following birth.

—Bridging the Gap is a collaborative project between Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health, the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) and Carolina’s Medical Center (CMC). The program provides information and support to the families of young children who require extended periods in hospitalization following birth.

Jail Diversion Program—The Jail Diversion Program was implemented by the Adult Case Management Division of Area Mental Health in January 2001 to improve coordination of services for mental health consumers interfacing with the criminal justice system.

—The Jail Diversion Program was implemented by the Adult Case Management Division of Area Mental Health in January 2001 to improve coordination of services for mental health consumers interfacing with the criminal justice system.

Enhanced Standard Street File System—Managed by the Mecklenburg County Information Services and Technology Department, the system is intended to make the County’s Standard Street File more compatible with that of the U.S. Postal Service, as well as provide Internet access.

—Managed by the Mecklenburg County Information Services and Technology Department, the system is intended to make the County’s Standard Street File more compatible with that of the U.S. Postal Service, as well as provide Internet access.

Wireless Inspection System—Since September 1999, Mecklenburg County has allowed contractors to submit permit applications, schedule inspections and check their status via the Internet. In May, 2001 the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency took this system to the next level by expanding the program to deliver permit, inspection and department information and services over Internet enabled cell phones.

—Since September 1999, Mecklenburg County has allowed contractors to submit permit applications, schedule inspections and check their status via the Internet. In May, 2001 the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency took this system to the next level by expanding the program to deliver permit, inspection and department information and services over Internet enabled cell phones.

Achievement Award winners will also be recognized during the upcoming 67 th Annual NACo Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.



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