There’s historically been a pioneer spirit in Mono County. That spirit is alive and well to this day; you see it as you travel along Highway 395. You hear it when you stop and talk to the residents of communities such as Bridgeport and Lee Vining. That pioneer spirit is also alive and well in the Mono County Behavioral Health Department, where the staff is urged to be creative and look for new ways to engage clients and provide services.
The result has been the creation of a “Whole Person Wellness Approach” that looks at the totality of the client – not just the mental health side. It started by asking a consumer on each visit if he or she wanted a blood pressure check; from there, staff began tracking weight and surveying consumers on their perceived wellness. Soon, staff was having conversations with clients in a manner they never had before. Both staff and clients began to see the bigger health picture.
There is some rain due in Northern California this week, and while it will be a welcome end to a record-breaking streak of winter days with no precipitation, it will not mean an end to the drought. After two previous dry years, and the extremely dry winter we’ve had so far, rivers and reservoirs are at roughly half of where they should be this time of year. The “snow pack” in the Sierra is virtually non-existent. That may change a little bit in the next day or two. Any amount of rain is welcome, but this week’s forecast is not really cause for celebration.
The frustrating thing about a drought is, there isn’t anything you can DO about it. When there’s a problem of some kind, I think most of us are used to doing something about it. Whatever that something might be, we like to take action. But, you can’t make it rain, you can’t divert enough water from somewhere else to make a difference and you can’t find an alternative to water.
Americans’ trust in their state and local governments is on the rise, according to Gallup’s annual Governance Survey. In fact, trust in local elected officials is at its highest level – 74 percent nationwide – since Gallup began the survey.
And while it is a tick lower out in the West – 70 percent – that’s still an impressive number. Trust in state leaders nationwide stands at 63 percent; this is a nice bump over the 51 percent we found just a few years ago.