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Our key strategies in accomplishing our vision are: joint planning to create, improve, expand services; an integrated holistic system without barriers; sharing personnel and facilities; maximizing service delivery; providing services close to where people live; ensuring oversight for resource management; and providing a forum for countywide public sector policymakers to address issues of mutual concern.
The ISC membership consists of department/agency directors from the following organizations:
- Office of Education
- Department of Social Services
- Probation Department
- Police Chiefs Rep.
- Office of Education, Student Well-Being & Family Resources
- Behavioral Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs
- Workforce Development Office
- Sheriff’s Office
- Local Coordinating Committee Co-Chairs
- Imperial Valley College
- San Diego State University-IV Campus
- Behavioral Health
- Employment Development Department
- Health Department
- County Executive Office
- County Counsel
- Superior Court
- District Attorney
- Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
- Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Programs
Imperial County has a well-developed systematic approach to bringing service agencies together for effective work across disciplines. The ISC has developed this approach over the past twenty years. The ISC has worked toward access and integration of services, reduction of red tape and duplication, and improved efficiency in the provision of social and well-being services in all the communities throughout the county. The mission of the ISC is to initiate and sustain collaborative efforts to continuously improve the effectiveness and accessibility of services, supports, and opportunities for Imperial County children, youth, young adults, and families by sharing ideas, resources, and foster partnerships to promote healthy growth, learning, and development.
A prime example of Imperial County’s spirit of on-going partnership and effort to unify services is a negotiated confidentiality agreement that permits agencies to share information with multidisciplinary teams providing services to youth and their families. This unique arrange for sharing information has the blessing of the involved school districts, Behavioral Health, School Services, and Probation. The process is documented by Memorandum of Agreements, Team Formation Agreements with ISC approval, and through notification to the juvenile judge.
Another example of oversight by the ISC, Imperial County now boasts seven (7) Family Resource Centers in six (6) communities. Two of these are presently being launched with funding from The California Endowment and with Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative funding from the U.S. Department of Education together with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The other five centers keep their doors open, although they are struggling to maintain services for families, following exhaustion of Healthy Start, OJJDP and Alliance Healthcare Foundation initial funding.
The third example of ISC’s collaborative contribution is the dedication to collaborative initiatives which support healthy environments for children and families. One of the current collaborative efforts working towards safer home environments is that of the Imperial County Family Justice Center (ICFJC). The concept behind the ICFJC is to co-locate services under one roof for those needing to seek assistance as a result of family violence such as domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, child abuse and molestation, and elder abuse. The ICFJC is located at 727 W. Main Street in El Centro and is open from 9 am to 1 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.
We are working toward our vision that all Imperial County youth be healthy, responsible, curious, joyful, confident, skilled, knowledgeable, productive people who are lifelong learners.