EHSD and community welcome new Director
Administrator David Twa announced the appointment of Kathy Gallagher to serve as the County’s new
Director of the Employment and Human Services Department. Gallagher has served as the Director of
Social Services in Santa Barbara
County for the past nine
Twa noted that she will bring a wealth of knowledge and
experience to Contra
Costa County. “Kathy’s credentials in the social service
field are excellent,” he said, “and she will join us at a time when financial
challenges from the State plus implementation of Health Care Reform will
require strong leadership and vision.”
For Gallagher, this represents a bay area homecoming. A native Californian, she received her
Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in Behavioral Science and
Political Science, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from
the University of San Francisco. Prior
to joining Santa Barbara County, Gallagher worked her way up the ranks to
Assistant Director of Santa Clara
County’s Social Service
Employment and Human Services Department is well-respected across the state for
being innovative, providing comprehensive services, and for an ongoing
commitment to excellence,” she noted. “I
look forward to returning to an area I called home for many years.”
Gallagher’s dedication to the field of human services began
as a Peace Corps volunteer in Columbia,
leading to a lifelong advocacy for those in poverty, and victims of abuse and
neglect. “My commitment to service in
support of low-income and vulnerable children and adults has never been more
needed than during these trying times,” Gallagher stated.
The Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) provides
services that support and protect adults, children, families, and the
elderly. It promotes personal
responsibility, independence, and self sufficiency. EHSD administers more than
60 programs from 40 locations throughout the county and serves over 100,000
citizens in need of basic protection or support each year.
In Contra Costa, she will also be engaged in legislative
activities at the state and federal levels on behalf of social service advocacy
programs. Gallagher will join Contra Costa
County in January January
*Photo from left to right: incoming Director Kathy Gallagher, former Contra Costa County Administrator Phil Batchelor, and interim Director Terry Speiker volunteer at Holiday Helpers Warehouse
Program protects seniors from financial abuse
Abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and in Contra Costa County.
Studies have indicated that only 1 in 44 cases are ever reported. While
there may be many reasons for not reporting, the fact remains that many of our
seniors are being exploited financially by many, either known or not known
persons. The January 2013 issue of Consumer Reports put the spotlight on
this issue and how serious it is to our aging population. Contra Costa
County is addressing this
issue through the Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE) program. To educate seniors about ways in which they can
protect themselves from financial scams, CASE Director Shirley Krohn
works with senior centers, assisted living facilities, faith based
organizations and many others to provide prevention tools for
seniors to protect their assets from perpetrators of
If you are interested in arranging a CASE presentation or would like more information,
please email Shirley Krohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parenting children: no instruction manual included
Children do not come with instructions, and while we can acknowledge
that each child is unique, there is no rule book or manual that details how to
raise children. However, with supportive
parenting tools and strategies parents can enjoy and appreciate the important
role they play in raising their children. Within the Community Services Bureau, this is especially true for those
families who have participated in the Triple P Positive Parenting Program.
In October, 11 proud parents from our
George Miller III center began their journey to fine-tune their parenting
skills through weekly parenting classes. This class, currently offered in Spanish, provides an opportunity for
parents to learn about new strategies along with hearing and sharing personal
experiences with fellow parents. Through
the Triple P Program, parents gain a better understanding of the way their
families work and identify new ways to nurture their relationships, build their
confidence as a parent and support their emotional well being. The training
doesn’t tell them how to parent. Rather,
it gives them simple and practical strategies that can be implemented at home
using approaches that agree with their family values, beliefs and needs.
ongoing engagement and collective needs of our families, the Community Service
Bureau will continue educating and promoting the principles of the Triple P
Program throughout the program year. Parenting classes will be offered soon to
our Central and East
County families in the
Winter and Spring of 2013.
Triple P is a highly rated parent
education program based on 25 years of research and evidence-based
outcomes. As part of Contra Costa’s
Prevention and Early Intervention Program and with funding from the First 5 Commission
and the Mental Health Services Act, the Triple P Program was selected as a model program for the purpose of meeting the parenting education needs of
Holiday event provides cheer to foster youth
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, ILSP hosted its Annual Holiday Network event. Over
100 youth, care providers, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), volunteers and staff attended this year's
event that was held at Centre Concord.
This event was made possible by the generous donations of gifts provided by
Dawn Roth and Operation Secret Elves, Serra Moore, Foster a Dream and the
National Charity League. The 77 youth that were in attendance each received a
gift, enjoyed delicious food and danced to tunes spun by DJ Willie Loggins.
A break from the weekly ILSP workshops that cover topics such as employment, education, financial literacy and overall well being, this holiday event provides the youth with an opportunity to come together, enjoy each others
company, and celebrate.
special thanks goes out to the ILSP Holiday Network Planning Committee
consisting of staff and volunteers that tirelessly worked behind the scenes
decorating and preparing for the event and staying afterwards to help clean up. The
young adults and attendees were appreciative of the effort made to provide a
is really cool, thanks for doing this for us," said a participant. "You
are never too old to receive a gift, I'm glad I came and got one."
For more information about the Contra Costa County Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP), please visit their website at www.cocoilsp.org.
Holiday Helpers Warehouse volunteers distribute holiday gifts
Changes coming to the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work program
January 1, 2013, there will be new rules that give Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
participants more flexible options and require fewer participation hours for
single-adult families. See list of changes here.
The Welfare-to-Work Program is a
comprehensive Employment and Training Program designed to promote
self-sufficiency. CalWORKs recipients are assessed to determine the best course
of action, whether it is immediate placement into a job, placement into an education
or training program, or both.
The CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work
Program is open to anyone receiving CalWORKs cash aid. Anyone receiving
CalWORKs cash aid must participate in the Welfare-to-Work program unless that
person is exempt. Individuals are exempt when they have a good reason for not
participating, such as being ill or incapacitated or are caring for an
If you would like additional information about the CalWORKs Welfare-to Work
program, visit our website.