About Us

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 Courts
  • District Attorney

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 nineteen 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.

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 a perpetual project-the countywide assessment of the needs of youth and their families. This ISC lead project is was initially called Communities that Care Imperial County. The project has produce a Five Year Strategic Plan that can be accessed from our Accomplishments Page.

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.