Chapter 2.60
HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION

Sections:

2.60.010    Established—Statutory authority.

2.60.020    Membership.

2.60.030    Term of office.

2.60.040    Organization and procedures.

2.60.050    Powers and duties.

2.60.010 Established—Statutory authority.

The Human Services Commission is established under the authority of Government Code Section 31000.1, in compliance with SCCC 2.38.060. [Ord. 4106 § 2, 1991].

2.60.020 Membership.

(A)    The Commission shall consist of 10 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The Commission membership shall reflect the diversity of organizations and communities with personal and professional interest in aiding the disadvantaged. These groups include:

(1)    Organizations serving or advocating on behalf of the elderly;

(2)    Organizations serving or advocating on behalf of children;

(3)    Organizations serving or advocating on behalf of the disabled;

(4)    Organizations serving or advocating on behalf of veterans;

(5)    Organizations serving or advocating on behalf of public aid recipients;

(6)    The labor community;

(7)    The business community;

(8)    People experienced in economic development;

(9)    People experienced in job development and placement;

(10)    People experienced in provision of affordable housing.

(B)    Each member of the Board of Supervisors shall appoint two members of the Commission who may reside within the Supervisor’s district. [Ord. 4309 § 1, 1994; Ord. 4106 § 2, 1991].

2.60.030 Term of office.

Each member shall serve a term of four years, commencing on April 1st of the year in which the member’s nominating Supervisor begins a full term. [Ord. 4309 § 2, 1994; Ord. 4106 § 2, 1991].

2.60.040 Organization and procedures.

(A)    General Organization. The Commission shall comply in all respects with SCCC 2.38.110 through 2.38.250 unless otherwise provided herein.

(B)    County Staff. The Human Resources Agency shall provide staff services for the Commission. The Human Resources Administrator, or his/her designated representative, shall serve as the Administrative Secretary to the Commission and receive copies of all minutes, reports and recommendations submitted to the Board of Supervisors by the Commission.

(C)    Advisory Staff. Staff members from the County Administrative Office, Human Resources Agency, and other County departments shall be available to advise the Commission upon request.

(D)    Meetings. The Commission shall meet at least bimonthly. Such meetings shall be held in January, March, May, July, September and November of each year. [Ord. 4106 § 2, 1991].

2.60.050 Powers and duties.

The Commission shall exercise the following responsibilities to ensure the highest quality and maximum effectiveness of human services provided for the benefit of the citizens of the County:

(A)    Guide long-term planning regarding meeting the socio-economic needs of low-income, disabled, disadvantaged and at-risk people in Santa Cruz County;

(B)    Advise the County Board of Supervisors on policies and priorities that affect the socio-economic needs of low-income, disabled, disadvantaged and at-risk people;

(C)    Provide advice and counsel to the administrator and senior management of the Human Resources Agency on best practices in the operation of the Agency’s programs;

(D)    Provide a forum for citizens affected by County human services programs and policies;

(E)    Advise the Board of Supervisors on funding decisions affecting the socio-economic needs of low-income, disabled and disadvantaged people, including County allocation of resources to County programs and community programs funding;

(F)    Integrate efforts and initiatives affecting the socio-economic needs of the poor which cross departmental, divisional and interest-group lines;

(G)    Advise the Board of Supervisors on legislative matters concerning the County human services programs. [Ord. 4106 § 2, 1991].