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Nora Willis
01:11:59
Chat is open 5 minutes for Workforce questions
Maggie Cockayne
01:12:18
Since WC is for highest acuity children and the ratio is 1:1 (staff to child), what happens if there are 10 kids? Will Seneca bring in 6 more staff on overtime? Will that increase the cost of the contract? How many “on-call” counselors and clinicians are there?
Judith Hurley
01:13:59
You currently run a 24/7 residential program with two families and no apparent oversight and there have been ongoing problems. What is your plan for providing oversight to the Welcome Center?
Kimberly Wayne
01:20:05
Seneca Rapid Response Hotline 1-877-529-5720
Pam Kenyon
01:20:20
How does the Welcoming Center staffing model compare to Keiki's staff and how is it a better model? I understand a licensed behavioral health person will be available which could be offered by the county.
timothyclauson
01:24:06
It seems that telling the concerned neighbors that an alternative site is being explored but the feeling is that it’s just a means to try and calm those who are up in arms. Where are you looking for alternative sites and what about the site by Valley Med that was shut down as a viable site with proper facilitation of the WC moving forward? When is that alternative site decision going to be made? Prior to the County approval of a contract?
Vanessa Payne
01:25:03
Welcome Center counselors are only paid $56,576. Department of Family and Children's Services counselors are paid $63,086 plus extensive benefits package. Even at these higher wages, DFCS has a vacancy problem. There are SW II's and III's who also fill in for counselor jobs that are paid at even higher wages. How will Seneca attract and retain staff when they pay significantly less?
Steve Baron
01:25:59
Who staffs the "scattered sites," how many at each site, how many total covering the scattered sites?,
Vanessa Payne
01:31:42
I also have a program question. Since we combined 1 and 2, can I still ask a program specific question?
Julie
01:32:25
Since Seneca bought 485 N. First St and the 32 Hawthorne way duplex our neighborhood has had problems with the youths that stay at Seneca. Why should we trust Seneca now?
Lourdes Gomez
01:33:12
Can you walk us through the process of what a child will through once they are removed from their homes?
Tod Williams
01:35:47
If you have not decided on the actual site and are actively “looking” at alternative sites; why are you discussing operations at the 1st street location?
Vanessa Payne
01:37:14
My program question: Seneca has shared that they have an unconditional model in providing care/support to youth. Seneca Welcome Center will serve youth with highly acute needs. However, there are specific instances in which Seneca was unable to practice this unconditional model with some of our high needs youth and the responsibility was left on Keiki staff. What happens when Seneca cannot uphold its unconditional model?
Amber Brandom
01:42:04
My question: Would Seneca build in the comfort call process - a call between resource parent and birth parent and then the birth parent and child being able to check in with each other.
Maggie Cockayne
01:42:14
Is the state more lenient with unlicensed scattered sites vs unlicensed keiki? What if the state shuts down all the unlicensed scattered sites? Seems like a tremendous liability issue. Shouldnt DFCS be working on increasing foster homes and not wasting $20M, time, and energy on a RAIC w/o beds and using unlicensed scattered sites as backup?
timothyclauson
01:42:16
Program Question: Seneca has never run a Welcoming Center, but I was told has some experience with intake. How was other organizations allowed to bid on this contract?
Pam Kenyon
01:45:20
It seems that the difference between the Welcoming Center and the prior RAIC model is that there are no beds. How is this achieving the desired outcomes as we've heard that the Welcoming Center doesn't address placement. What outcomes are you looking for (besides eliminating overstays that isn't being affected by the Welcoming Center? The children still need a place to sleep.
Nora Willis
01:55:45
Chat is open 5 minutes for Neighborhood questions. If you already put in Chat a neighborhood question, please copy it in Chat again.
Judith Hurley
01:55:52
There have been incidents in the existing residential facility involving property damage as well as more recently, a dog bite and a young person involved in a break in. You are going to be dealing with young people and families in crisis some of who may be distressed and angry, possibly involved in substance abuse and presumably potentially violent. To what extent is Seneca liable for property damage or personal injury resulting from a foster youth involved in the program? Do you have liability insurance that covers those eventualities?
timothyclauson
01:56:11
It seems that telling the concerned neighbors that an alternative site is being explored but the feeling is that it’s just a means to try and calm those who are up in arms. Where are you looking for alternative sites and what about the site by Valley Med that was shut down as a viable site with proper facilitation of the WC moving forward? When is that alternative site decision going to be made? Prior to the County approval of a contract?
Maggie Cockayne
01:56:12
A RAIC w/ no beds doesn’t seem that difficult to create. Can you use Julian? Tomkins Ave? King Rd.? Keiki? Child Advocacy Center? Early Childhood Development and Diagnostic Center? County has 738 properties and 102 leased facilities. None of those will work?
Teresa McCollough
01:56:41
I echo Judith’s concern. There is currently no oversight or accountability for the current facilities run by Seneca on Hawthorne Way
Tod Williams
01:57:03
If you have not decided on the actual site and are actively “looking” at alternative sites; why are you discussing operations at the 1st street location?
Teresa McCollough
01:57:26
Yes. We were told that this site was off the table. by one of your staff
Teresa McCollough
01:58:59
There have been multiple youth, dogs that are not tethered, police cars, incidents. You say you want to know about it but they have not been attended to previously. Where is the hotline posted?
Julie
02:00:44
Since Seneca bought 485 N. First St and 32 Hawthorne Way we have had problems with the youths that stay at Seneca. Why should we trust Seneca now?
Teresa McCollough
02:00:50
I agree with Judith
Maggie Cockayne
02:01:19
if we have more questions can we email them and get them answered before 7/21?
Nora Willis
02:15:34
Seneca Rapid Response Hotline 1-877-529-5720
Nora Willis
02:18:48
Ken Berrick's Cell: 510-507-4488