Monday, August 7, 2017

[Solano County] Supervisors, DA tell grand jury Family Justice Center meeting needs of residents

FAIRFIELD — The official response to the 2016-17 grand jury review of the Solano County Family Justice Center was largely a mix of polite acknowledgements and disagreements.
The grand jury was critical of the number of “on-site partners” involved in providing services at the center, asserting it was not the “one-stop” center envisioned. That was a claim that had already been met with some dispute in a letter by the center’s director, Angel Aguilar.
The District Attorney’s Office and the Family Justice Center state in the formal response approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that they “partially disagree” with the grand jury’s finding.
“Although the number of on-site partners has been inconsistent at times, the center has always worked to ensure the essential services were rendered such as: domestic violence advocacy, court accompaniment, restraining orders, crises intervention, safety planning and basic need assistance,” the response states.
It notes its assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder or dependent abuse and human trafficking.
The Board of Supervisors approved the response without comment. It was part of the board’s consent calendar, which is viewed as routine matters and handled with a single vote on all items.
The five-page response includes comments from the District Attorney’s Office, which oversees the center under the Office of Family Violence Prevention, and the Board of Supervisors, which without exception agreed with the DA’s remarks.
The grand jury also noted the need to provide more space, and better transportation to serve clients, especially those who live outside of Fairfield. It said the center needed to be more aggressive in its grant searches and in general needed more funding support.
Each of those issues were responded to with at least partial agreement. The formal response notes that the issues are being addressed or in some cases, are already being implemented.
August 2, 2017
Fairfield Daily Republic
By Todd R. Hansen

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