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Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – May 2017

Dianne Jacob

Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

East County, naturally: My fellow county supervisors recently joined me in signing off on plans for the long-awaited Santa Ysabel Nature Center. The 6,000-square-foot attraction is due to start construction next year on the Santa Ysabel Preserve near state routes 78 and 79. The center will be the first of its kind in rural San Diego County and will showcase our beautiful backcountry!

Home sweet home: Your county government is moving to create more affordable housing for seniors. We recently approved spending $4.5 million towards the construction of two housing complexes, including a 62-unit development planned for Ramona. The units will be for low-income seniors 55 and older. There is an incredible need for projects like these because the cost of living continues to go up, along with the number of seniors on fixed incomes. Plus, our senior population is skyrocketing.

Cool Zones: Summer is almost here, along with dangerously high temperatures. In recent years, the hot weather has come earlier and earlier – and forecasters expect 2017 to be hotter than average. Stay ahead of the heat by checking out one of the 115 Cool Zones across the county. They include libraries, community centers and other places where seniors and the disabled can get a break from hot weather.

It’s important to remember that a lot of folks don’t have air-conditioning. And if you are older or disabled, heat-related illnesses are more likely to strike. A Cool Zone can be a life saver. Where are they located? Look for a blue, diamond- shaped window decal with a polar bear on it. Or go to coolzones.org.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!





New Report Shows Marked Improvements for Teens at Sovereign Health’s Rancho San Diego Facility

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sovereign Health has been recognized by McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, as an outstanding provider of behavioral health and addiction services for teenage patients. McLean’s 2017 report indicated that treatment at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego led to marked improvements in teens’ symptoms and functional impairments from admission to discharge.

Sovereign’s Rancho San Diego facility is part of a national behavioral health system that provides treatment for teens who have trauma, mental health, substance use disorders, eating disorders, transgender issues and co-occurring conditions. McLean Hospital assessed Rancho San Diego’s adolescent facility and other behavioral health organizations by analyzing data from the 24-item Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale (BASIS-24), a leading behavioral health assessment tool, and three other validated measures of clinical change.

The BASIS-24 is grounded in the latest scientific methods of survey development and validation that is available in both Spanish and English. The survey is designed to identify a wide range of symptoms and functional deficits across the diagnostic spectrum.

In the surveys evaluated for the McLean report, teenagers, their parents and treating clinicians rated the degree of difficulty faced by the teens at admission and discharge. The BASIS-24 survey results showed marked improvement in symptoms and functioning at discharge. According to the parents/caregivers’ ratings also, the teens on average had normal range scores on anxiety, depression and conduct problems at discharge; they had impaired range scores at admission.

“The use of validated tools allows Sovereign Health to determine how adolescents feel before and after they receive treatment, which allows Sovereign Health to enhance the clinical and overall effectiveness of treatment provided to teens at our Rancho San Diego facility,” said Veena Kumari, Ph.D., C. Psychol., AFBPsS, an internationally renowned researcher and Chief Scientific Officer for Sovereign Health. “The report  from McLean Hospital not only helps us to ensure that our standards of care are of the highest quality, it also helps us to make informed decisions about patient care and optimize our clinical programs on an ongoing basis.”

The survey results can be used by mental health providers, researchers, purchasers of mental health services, accreditation agencies, and internal quality assurance departments to measure the change in consumer self-reported symptoms and functional impairments over their course of treatment. The data are used to improve an organization’s clinical effectiveness and ensure the delivery of high-quality treatment, services and care to patients seeking mental health services.

Rancho San Diego’s adolescent facility is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD), part of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), and an accredited organization by The Joint Commission. “Sovereign Health’s Rancho San Diego facility has been recognized by an extremely prestigious independent third party as one of the top adolescent facilities in the entire nation,” said Seth Zajac, J.D., general counsel and board member at Sovereign Health. “This really showcases our hard work and commitment to providing accredited services, and you get an even greater appreciation for what Sovereign is doing as a national behavioral health system.”

To see more about McLean’s eBASIS results, visit McLean Hospital’s Evaluation of Teens’ Clinical Outcomes.

About Sovereign Health’s Rancho San Diego facility

Rancho San Diego is dedicated to enhancing the safety and efficacy of care delivered to teens and provides high-quality treatment guided by measurement-based care. Importantly, Sovereign’s adolescent facility helps alleviate the growing need for mental health treatment beds for teens in the state of California by helping teens overcome difficulties due to a behavioral health condition, including those stemming from trauma. Teens are provided with a safe community where they can receive thorough, comprehensive biopsychosocial and medical assessments upon admissions and individualized, evidence-based treatments such as neurofeedback, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), cognitive remediation and other psychotherapies, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), from a trauma-informed and gender-appropriate approach.

About Sovereign Health

Sovereign Health’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company’s ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit www.sovhealth.com.


To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-report-finds-marked-improvements-for-teens-at-sovereign-healths-rancho-san-diego-facility-300449411.html

SOURCE Sovereign Health

Community Silent Auction Fundraiser to Benefit the Rancho San Diego Library Makerspace – May 20, 2017


When: Saturday, May 20th @ 6 PM
Where: Rancho San Diego Library (11555 Via Rancho San Diego)
Price of Admission: Any Donation Amount
*Appetizers & Refreshments will be served*

Dear Community Friends:

The Rancho San Diego Library has been a staple in our community for 15 years! In addition to offering a vast selection of books and media, they continue to fill the valuable role of community center, offering classes and workshops to continually serve our community. The RSD Library is funded through The San Diego County Library budget, so funding is shared by all of the libraries that make up the San Diego County Library system. That means our Rancho San Diego Library only receives limited funding each year to allow it to meet the needs of our community.

That’s where you come in. On May 20th, we [The Way Church] are hosting a silent auction fundraiser for the RSD Library, and are asking for generous donations of (tax deductible!) goods or services to be provided. Services, gift certificates, cash donations, promotional give-aways and discontinued or out of stock merchandise are all gladly accepted. No donation is too small!

Every dollar raised will go directly to our RSD Library for the purpose of enhancing its community makerspace. Their wish list includes tools, equipment, materials, and other items that will allow users to design, create, and build virtually anything they can imagine! This relatively new concept of a makerspace has been very well received by the community, and the interest continues to grow. Your contribution will prove invaluable to helping our library meet that growing need.

To express our gratitude, we would be honored to promote your organization or business at the auction, through social media, or in any other creative ways that might be helpful.

We are grateful, and thank you in advance for your generous support. We look forward to following up with you and partnering with you to show love and support to our RSD Library!

Your Friends at The Way

For questions or donations, please contact The Way Church. We will arrange to pick up any gift baskets or donated items. Please try to get your donations to us by May 17th. (We will be shrink wrapping them for you!)

The Way

Taxpayer ID 95-2864979
501 (c)(3) Status

Phone: (619) 318-5388
Email: thewaychurchsd@gmail.com
Web: www.thewaychurchsd.com


RSD Library Fundraiser 2017 Donation Ideas

Business owners, feel free to donate an item or service from your company. If you are a crafty person, create your own unique gift.


Gift certificates to or for anywhere: Restaurants, coffee shops, department stores, salons, spas, etc.

Golf Packages/golf club(s): Perhaps include balls, tees, bag, rounds of golf, shirts, etc.

Electronic Equipment: Cell phone, CD player, stereo, television, MP3 player, video game systems, camera, video camera, etc.

Tickets to theme parks: Disneeyland, Knotts Berry Ffarm, legolandd, Magic Mountain, Medieval timmes, Sea World, water parks, miniature golf.

Vacation Packages: Can be a week, weekend, or a day trip! (Hotels/condos/bed & breakfast, get-a-aways)

Wine Tour Package/Hot Air Balloon Ride

Airline Tickets

Limousine Service

Hotel Stays

BBQ/Grill (Indoor or our with accessories and certificates for steaks, beer, wine, etc.)

Camping/Fishing Package

Personal Services: Cleaning, cooking, babysitting, party, or dinner packages

Sports Memorabilia

Tickets to Sporting Events: Baseball, hockey, football, basketball, soccer, etc.

Professional Services: Dental, chiropractic, legal, cosmetic, etc.

Original Artwork: Oil or water paintings, sculpture, etc.

Handmade Quilts

Patio Furniture and Accessories

Theatre Tickets/Concert Tickets

Themed Gift Baskets:

  • Fill a cooler full of beach accessories or camping gear
  • Fill a basket for a family fu night with pizza, games, movie passes, bowling, videos/CDs, etc.
  • A wheelbarrow full of gardening equipment
  • Sports basket (consider including: tickets to a game, hat, shirt, snacks, etc.)
  • Beauty basket (filled with cosmetics, lotions, bath accessories, certificates to a spa/hair salon/nail salon, etc.)
  • Home computing basket (fill it with software, mouse pad, printer paper, and other accessories)
  • Music basket with CD player or stereo, gift certificates to music stores, CDs, and carrying case
  • Gourmet cooking basket/cooking lessons (with apron, utensils, cookbook, etc.)
  • Water sports packages (surfboard, water skis, knee board, lessons, accessories)
  • Wine Lover basket: bottles of wine, glasses, snacks

Children/Youth Related Items:

  • Bicycle/tricycle/skateboard and gear, scooter, helmets, pads
  • A dress-up trunk full of stuff (for boy or girl)
  • Bassinet, basket, or stroller filled with everything needed for a newborn
  • A child’s cooking or  gardening basket
  • A child’s tea or picnic basket filled with all things needed for a child and friend
  • Teenager “Stuff” (phone, CDs, mall certificates, gas card, iPod/MP3 player, iTunes gift card, movie passes, fast food coupons, etc.)
  • A wagon filled with outdoor activities and games
  • Paintball package
  • Toys

Contact the The Way Church for details or to pick up baskets (thewaychurchsd@gmail.com).

Please have basket items in a container related to your theme (basket, pot, tin, tub, cooler, etc.)

No need to wrap the baskets.  We will shrink wrap them for you.


We can’t wait to see you there!









Neighborhood Garage Sale in Monarch Ridge – May 6, 2017

The Monarch Ridge Homeowners are hosting a “Neighborhood Garage Sale” this Saturday, May 6th, from 7 am to 12 pm!

Come shop around, meet your neighbors, and find some great treasures!

Monarch Ridge is off Hillsdale, past Valhalla High School. You can find it on your GPS by searching for “Monarch Ridge Circle”. (Click the image below to enlarge)

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*FOUND!!* MISSING PERSON: Isabelle Cueto Last Seen in Santee

#MISSINGPERSONS: 14 year old Isabelle Cueto has been missing since 5:30pm on April 16th. Last seen at Woodglen Vista Park in Santee with friends. Her phone has been turned off since 6pm yesterday. Isabelle is described as….

  • Hispanic Female Juvenile
  • 14 years old
  • 4′ 8″
  • 100lbs.
  • LSW: Gray shirt, black shorts & Vans

If you see her or know her whereabouts, please contact her mother Yvette Smith at (619) 957-9717 or the Santee Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565- 5200.

Isabelle Cueto Missing