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David Liebler

Breaking up the Golden State: An Idea as Old as California

Two interesting articles came across my desk the other day regarding the movement to split California into six states. The first was a piece by KPCC radio that takes a look at previous efforts to carve up California. The second was written by Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton titled “Six-state proposal should be taken [...]

County Exhibits at the State Fair — Once Again a Crowd Pleaser

When it comes to building an exhibit for the State Fair, Glenn County has it down to an art. For the second year in a row, Glenn County was named “Best of Show” among the ever-popular County Exhibits. Beyond being honored with “Best of Show,” Glenn County walked away with the “Best Craftsmanship” Award. I [...]

California Ranks High in Study of America’s Healthiest Counties

US News & World Report recently released a listing of “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids 2014-15” and it was good news for California counties. In fact, of the top 50 counties, 13 are from California; even more impressive is that Marin County ranks as No. 1! We see rankings on everything imaginable so why [...]

A Look at the Supervisorial Elections Around the State

Yesterday marked another Election Day. And while a lot of California election pundits were focused on the new top-two system, it was business as usual in the 122 supervisorial races across our 58 counties. All it takes is 50 percent plus 1 vote and you’re the winner. Getting less than 50 percent of the vote [...]

Meeting the Challenge: Mono County’s “Whole Person Wellness Approach”

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.