|Contractor||Service Description||Contract Amount|
|Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Francisco||Mentoring and Social Services||$15,060|
|Catholic Youth Organizations St. Vincents School for Boys||Sub-Acute Residential Treatment||$68,616|
|Family Service Agency||Fiscal Intermediary for Mental Health Services||$98,069|
|Family Support Services of the Bay Area||In and Out of Home Respite||$35,000|
|High Gear Achievers, Inc.||Tutoring||$40,000|
|JLC Services (previously known as Jamestown Mentoring Services)||Mentoring||$150,000|
|Lincoln Child Center||Sub-Acute Residential Treatment||$192,750|
|New College of California||Mental Health Consultation||$8,000|
|San Francisco Educational Services||Tutoring||$70,000|
|Victor Treatment Centers||Sub-Acute Residential Treatment||$281,000|
(3.5) PHP-CHS-CMHS Request for approval of a new multiyear contract with St. Lukes Healthcare Center, to provide professional managed care mental health services, for the period of
July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2003. Maximum compensation allocated for these services for all network providers is $3,300,000 for fiscal year 1999-2000.
(3.6) PHP-CHS-CMHS Request for approval of a contract renewal with St. Lukes Hospital to provide Medi-Cal funded psychiatric inpatient hospital services for Medi-Cal eligible adult beneficiaries, for the period of July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000. The total dollar amount for psychiatric inpatient hospital services for all six (6) hospital providers is $5,000,000.
Commissioners Sanchez and Hill commended St. Lukes for excellent services and its important role in providing a safety net.
(3.7) PHP-CHS-CMHS Request for approval of a multiyear contract renewal with Catholic Charities of San Francisco for $160,720 per year, for a total of $642,880, to provide 24-hour mental health residential services, for the period of July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2003.
(3.8) PHP-CHPP-HIV Prevention Request for approval of a contract renewal with Filipino Task Force on AIDS (FTFA), in the amount of $61,388, for the provision of HIV prevention services, including multiple group workshops and case management, for the period of July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000.
Dr. Larry Meredith stated a progress report will be submitted to the Budget Committee.
Commissioner Hill requested a 60-day (October 19, 1999) progress report to the Budget Committee.
(3.9) PHP-CHPP-HIV Prevention Request for approval of a contract renewal with Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc., in the amount of $50,901, for the provision of venue-based group outreach and evaluation, for the period of July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000.
This item was postponed to September 21, 1999.
(3.10) PHP-CHPP-HIV Prevention Request for approval of a contract renewal with Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC), in the amount of $104,291, for the provision of HIV prevention services, including HIV risk reduction education and counseling services targeting behavioral risk populations, for the period of July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000.
Commissioner Parker requested clarification on #3.10 regarding the unit costs for single session group workshops.
Commissioner Chow raised a question on the multiyear approval for Catholic Charities when the amended Policy #24 is still in its implementation phase. There will be other Catholic Charities contracts calendared for the Budget Committee.
Action Taken: The Commission approved the Consent Calendar of the Budget Committee, except #3.9, which was continued to September 21, 1999.
Note: Vice President Guy announced that the agenda will be adjusted with item #7 being heard prior to the Directors Report.
Additionally, Vice President Guy called on Shawn OHearn, a member of the HIV Prevention Planning Council and a person living with AIDS, for public comments. He raised the following issues: 1) the bathhouse issue will not go away, especially with the privacy issue; 2) the position of the Director of Prevention in the AIDS Office needs to be filled; and 3) critical of the Departments ad in the Bay Area Reporter on an outbreak of syphilis.
4) DIRECTORS REPORT (Mitchell H. Katz, M.D., Director of Health)
(Provides information on activities and operations of the Department).
Mayors Fiscal Advisory Committee (MFAC)
I am very proud to report that Barbara Garcia, Deputy Director of Health and Director of Population Health & Prevention, has been selected to receive the Public Managerial Excellence Award (MFAC) for Leadership this year. This prestigious award, sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, comes with a $1500 cash prize and recognizes outstanding managers throughout the City and County of San Francisco. As the Health Commission is aware, Ms. Garcia has an extraordinary history of commitment, dedication and achievement in her tenure with the Department and to the residents of San Francisco. She will be honored at an Awards Ceremony on October 27th. I know the Health Commission joins me in congratulating Ms. Garcia for this meritorious recognition.
POPULATION HEALTH AND PREVENTION
New Adult Immunization Clinic to Open at 101 Grove St.
On September 1, the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit will open a new Adult Immunization Clinic here at 101 Grove St., Room 405. The clinic will provide affordable vaccines, beginning with Hepatitis A and B. In the fall, we will also offer influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, with future plans for adding other immunizations and serological testing.
The Adult Immunization Clinic is in keeping with our public health mission, but with some unique features: we will accept cash, credit and debit cards, but will not accept insurance. Our fees are highly competitive. Hep A is $24/dose and Hep B is $50/dose. (Compare with private providers and travel clinics charging $60-90/dose.) Discounts are available for students and City and County Employees with ID and groups of 25 or more. Individuals who receive immunizations at this clinic will be entered into the San Francisco Immunization Registry. This database will serve as a permanent record for Clients IZ records and will allow them to access this information from a centralized location.
As a special offer to the Health Commission (and all DPH employees,) the Adult Immunization Clinic staff invites you to join them for a special "run-through" session on Wednesday, August 25th, from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. or Monday, August 30th, 9 a.m. noon. Stop by the Clinic in Room 405 and receive a Hep A vaccine for $35 and/or Hep B vaccine for $42. Youll be protecting yourself against Hepatitis and, at the same time, help us fine-tune our clinic procedures before our opening on September 1st. The clinics phone number is 554-2625.
Mission Rock Closing September 15th
Due to lack of securing a new location and the need for the Giants to implement their lease agreement with the Port of San Francisco, Mission Rock Shelter will be closed by Wednesday, September 15, 1999. The night of September 14th will be the last night clients can stay at Mission Rock.
The City, in conjunction with DPH and DHS, will be master-leasing SRO's, securing mental health and substance abuse slots, and securing shelter beds to ensure that as many individuals as possible can transition in to new services.
We will continue to keep the Health Commission abreast of all developments in this transition.
Hepatitis C Resolution
On August 12th, the Board of Supervisors Public Health and Environment Committee passed a resolution directing the Department of Public Health to develop a plan of action to expand and coordinatewith local, state, and federal effortsHepatitis C prevention, education, and testing and to provide a status report within three months. The action plan will address the following areas:
(1) Provider and public education; (2) Integrated and comprehensive medical services for at risk populations, especially those who are injection drug users, homeless, mentally ill, or in the jails; (3) Integrated prevention and control activities to at-risk communities, including those served by HIV prevention services such as needle exchange programs; and (4) Coalition building and information dissemination within advocacy and support groups. Dr. Tomas Aragon, Director of Community Health Epidemiology & Disease Control, is leading our local efforts.
Grant for Methadone Program
The Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment/SAMHSA, through the General Acquisitions Branch/PSC, intends to award a sole source Simplified Acquisition to the Department for a Feasibility Study of our proposed Methadone by Physician Prescription (MPP) program. This one-year grant will allow us to conduct a fiscal analysis of the proposed project and many of its attendant issues, such as: reimbursement strategies, administrative costs, training, quality control procedures, database management and evaluation protocols.STD Control - Syphilis Health Alert
During the past four weeks, the STD Program has identified a cluster of early syphilis cases among gay men in San Francisco that are meeting the majority of their partners through an AOL chat room. Specifically, we have identified 5, and now possibly a sixth case of early syphilis, among white gay men in the City. Three of the 5 men are HIV positive and all report having unprotected anal and oral sex with their partners most of the time. The only locating information they have on most of their partners is their internet handle which makes locating these individuals extremely difficult and challenging.
Because syphilis elimination is a local and national priority, the STD Program has taken a very aggressive approach in handling these new infections which has included:
Childhood Lead Prevention Program
The August 12th issue of SF Chronicle reported on problems with the Department of Building Inspections enforcement of the 1998 ordinance concerning safe work practices on exterior lead paint. The Health Department's Childhood Lead Prevention Program, along with the Lead Hazard Reduction Citizen Advisory Committee, were instrumental in securing this legislation. The intent of the law is to prevent unnecessary contamination of lead-dust and debris generated by work performed on pre-1979 building exteriors. The law requires adequate containment and cleanup of dust and debris, and has already created substantive changes in how property owners and contractors are conducting exterior painting and renovation. As the Chronicle emphasized, this progress could be greatly undone if the Building Inspection Department is not able to follow through effectively with the most flagrant violators.Senior Injury Prevention
The Health Promotion Section of CHP&P, with the assistance of the San Francisco Injury Center at SFGH, has prepared an update of its report, "Injuries to San Francisco Seniors: Defining the Problem and Prioritizing Prevention Strategies." This latest edition uses 1996 death and hospitalization data to examine the prevalence of injuries to older San Franciscans and the role of prevention programs. Injuries are a large, and frequently preventable, health problem for seniors, with falls, pedestrian injuries and self-inflicted injuries (suicide) as the major causes of death. The report is being distributed to senior-serving agencies and injury prevention programs.
CHIPPS, the Senior Injury Prevention Program in the Health Promotion Section of CHP&P, has received a grant award, jointly with UCSF, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This four-year funding will help to support home safety modifications for San Francisco seniors, while funding UC researchers to investigate how older people from different cultures think about their homes and their safety. It will help us to understand what the factors are which encourage seniors to make safety-related changes in their homes.
"Safe Communities" - Pedestrian Safety
The Health Promotion Section has received a "Safe Communities" planning grant from the State of California, under a joint program created by the California Department of Health Services and the California Office of Traffic Safety. This 18-month award will fund community-based planning efforts for injury prevention in the Mission and Tenderloin neighborhoods. The initial focus of the project will be on Pedestrian Safety, with the potential to expand into other community injury-prevention concerns. The goal is to prepare a strategic plan and funding application for implementation funding that the State proposes to release in about 18 months time.
Family Violence Prevention
On September 17th, the San Francisco Collaborative Organized to Prevent Abuse, (COPA), in conjunction with other DPH programs and community agencies, will hold a conference on domestic violence. "Behavioral Health and Domestic Violence: Creating Treatment Plans That Work," targets City-funded mental health, substance abuse or HIV-service providers and focuses on the interplay between these conditions. The Conference is designed to help behavioral health providers to detect, intervene or refer domestic violence survivors and perpetrators. The model will include a cultural competence perspective and workshops will develop protocols for domestic violence and behavioral health.
COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK
SF Superior Court Decided in the Citys Favor
Last week, the San Francisco Superior Court decided in the City's favor, dismissing two citations issued by the State Department of Health Services (DHS) against Laguna Honda Hospital (LHH).
The Superior Court judges rejected DHS's contention that LHH provided insufficient supervision and inadequate care planning and found that LHH acted reasonably. Because violations were not established, the penalties assessed by DHS were rendered moot and will not be imposed.
The City Attorney's Office worked with LHH administration and clinicians in successfully defending these cases.
Maxine Hall Center Awarded a Grant
In continuing our focus of domestic violence as a public health issue, the California Endowment, through the Family Violence Prevention Fund, recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the Maxine Hall Health Center. The Center intends to improve its clinical response to domestic violence and develop prevention strategies and programs. In addition, MHHC will be housing the "Its Your Business Project". The project, which was kicked- off last month by Representative Barbara Lee, is a national program aimed at reducing domestic violence in the African-American community. Leigh Kimberg, M.D. is leading these efforts on behalf of the Department.
5) PRESENTATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR AUGUST 1999
On behalf of the Commission, Vice President Guy presented the Employee Recognition Awards to:
|Individual Nominee||Division||Nominated by|
||PH&P AIDS Office, Business and Operations Unit||Gail Tang and
|# 1 Team Nominees||Division||Nominated by|
||PH&P - Chinatown Public Health Center||Madeline Ritchie, Center Director|
|# 2 Team Nominees||Division||Nominated by|
|Womens Care Navigators
||PH&P - Breast and Cervical Cancer Services||Robin Whidden, N.P.|
6) QUARTERLY UPDATE ON Y2K COMPLIANCE
Monique Zmuda, Chief Financial Officer, provided an update on the activities of the Department of Public Health Y2K Compliance Committee and coordination efforts with the Citywide Y2K Program Management Office. For a copy of the full report, call the Commission Office at 554-2266.
The quarterly report summarizes the Departments implementation of the Y2K plan to date, and focuses information on remediation efforts of non-compliant systems.
Ms. Zmuda will bring another update to the Commission in November.
7) OVERVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH MILLENNIUM EVENT PLANNING
Barbara Garcia, Deputy Director of Health and Director of Population Health and Prevention, gave an overview of planning efforts to ensure a smooth transition from the 20th to the 21st century. Preparations are taking place at a citywide level with the Police Department as the lead agency, working through the Mayors Office of Emergency Services to ensure all city Department participate in planning efforts. Department of Public Health preparations are occurring both at a Departmentwide level and at an incident responses level. Planning for the "Mellow Millennium" celebration covers four days from December 30, 1999 through January 2, 2000.
A copy of the full report is available in the Commission Office. All City employees may be called on during the millennium by the Mayor to act as Disaster Workers in the event of need.
The Office of Emergency Services will activate the Emergency Command Center at 1011 Turk Street on December 31, at 3:00 p.m. Staff from DPH as well as other City Departments will person the Emergency Command Center throughout the millennium weekend. At this point DPH is proposing 12-hour shifts at the Center, which will act as the focal point for Citywide information gathering and dissemination.
Vice President Guy asked how the City will pay for these planning efforts. The Mayor will be fund raising.
Ms. Garcia thanked Chris Wachsmuth and Anne Kronenberg for their leadership in the millennium event planning. The Department will come back in November for another update.
8) CONTINUATION OF DISCUSSION AND CONSIDERATION OF A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING POLICY AND BUDGETARY SUPPORT FOR EVIDENCED-BASED, COMMUNITY-DRIVEN PRIMARY PREVENTION
As a follow-up to the Primary Prevention presentation in June, Dr. Katz presented a revised resolution for consideration. He thanked Commissioner Parker for taking the lead on this issue.
Commissioner Parker expressed his approval of the resolution and thanked his colleagues on the Commission, Dr. Katz, Dr. Meredith, Cynthia Selmar, Jimmy Loyce, Barbara Garcia and Sandy Mori.
Public Speakers: supported the proposed revised resolution
Commissioner Chow, acknowledging the FY 1999-00 DPH budget allocates $18.8 million to prevention, stated that out of a total Department budget of over $800 million, this is not enough for prevention. He would like to know that we are effectively using current dollars by utilizing criteria to determine success of existing programs. He emphasized that the African American Health Initiative needs to be a part of the policy direction.
Commissioner Parker commented that grants have not been forthcoming for the African American Health Initiative due to lack of commitment from the Department.
Commissioner Umekubo expressed his support for this new direction in the resolution and the timeliness of the resolution for our Department Strategic Planning.
Commissioner Sanchez thanked Commissioner Parker for his persistent focus on prevention and the inequities in health care.
Action Taken: The Commission unanimously adopted Resolution #25-99, "Establishing Policy and Budgetary Support for Evidence-Based, Community-Driven Primary Prevention."
Vice President Guy thanked the staff for the evolvement of this resolution, with input of the staff, the Commission, and the community. She observed the process as a true consensus building process evolving into the final resolution. She appreciates this process as the way to develop health policy.
9) OTHER BUSINESS/PUBLIC COMMENTS
Gilbert Criswell, Channel 53 freelance writer, raised the issue that the Health Commission meetings should be televised for public access purposes; questioned the targeting of gay men and the gay press in an ad in the Bay Area Reporter regarding syphilis; and questioned the lateness of the Department of Public Health STD Annual Report.
Michael Petrelis, Accountability Project, commented that the Annual STD Report is three months late and asked when will be report be released. He also requested the results of the Explore Project, targeting gay men in San Francisco, be presented and explained to the gay community.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Sandy Ouye Mori Executive Secretary to the Health Commission