Council invests in cybersecurity, at-home care pilot program
The council on Tuesday approved spending more than $ 300,000 on the U.S. Cybersecurity Rescue Plan Act and $ 200,000 on a new program to help keep the elderly at home.
The cybersecurity update will include the purchase of an Internet firewall (Palo Alto), internal network firewall, endpoint protection, email security, and cloud data backup.
“I think this is a huge priority and I applaud our experts who are there every day, assuring us that this was the path we had to take to protect our users, our citizens and really regain … confidence in the government, “he said. Board member Nicole Larson.
Along with cybersecurity, the Council opted to invest in a new Turlock-based Legacy Health Endowment initiative called Person-Centered Care. The program will provide support to individuals and families who meet the requirements of their home to avoid unnecessary placement in a long-term care center or homelessness situation.
“The Person-Centered Care Project is an initiative for what we have called the forgotten medium: people over the age of 55 with disabilities or the elderly who do not meet the requirements for MediCal and need services. The program is designed to protect “Pre-hospitalization and unnecessary placement in long-term care centers,” said Jeffery Lewis, president and CEO of Legacy Health.
Legacy Health is investing $ 650,000 in the program and will partner with several providers for the program, including:
CareLinx, a non-medical community-based long-term care provider of non-medical home support services;
Community Care Choices, a non-profit palliative care program from Community Hospice Inc .;
Community Health Centers of America, a federally qualified health center; i
TIN Rx, a pharmacy.
Turlock residents in person-centered care will receive services at no cost in the one-year pilot program. Legacy Health will provide the City Council with quarterly updates and a final report that will evaluate the measurable results of the program to determine if the program had beneficial impacts.
“This is so exciting; it is filling a huge gap in the population, those who have no income and no disability to qualify for MediCal,” said Larson, a board member.
The more than $ 500,000 the Board decided to spend on these two programs are just the latest Turlock ARPA funding allocations. In July 2021, the city of Turlock was notified that it would be allocated approximately $ 15.7 million in funding from the U.S. Rescue Plan Act.
Unlike funding for the CARES Act, which was intended for local governments to respond in the short term to the response to COVID-19, the City Council can use funds from the U.S. Rescue Act to help households , small businesses, non-profit organizations and economically negatively affected industries. by the pandemic. The City Council can also use the funds from the Rescue Plan Act to invest in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.
The Board has also previously approved spending ARPA funds to:
The renovation of the Columbia pool;
The RAD card, an application program that doubles customer spending on local businesses;
To create a business assistance and development program; i
To increase the budget to defrost public safety sites and fund firefighters overtime.