Here’s what you need to know: 

  • The supervisors (4-0) approved an agreement with California Mental Health Services Authority for the semi-statewide Enterprise Health Record Program totaling $1.5 million, retroactively effective from March 18, 2022, through March 18, 2029.
  • The supervisors (4-0) authorized the Fire Chief to submit a proposal to purchase a new low-emission Fire Apparatus. The total vehicle cost is $876,202 and a SJVAPCD grant would fund 90% of the cost if awarded. 
  • The supervisors (4-0) authorized a letter of support for the F-35A Lightning II Operational Beddown at Naval Air Station Lemoore.The National Guard Bureau and Department of the Air Force will hold public meetings on Aug. 10 and 25 about the proposal to locate F-35A Lightning aircraft at NAS Lemoore. 

The Scene

According to its website, Kings County is a “general law” county, which means the state Constitution and State General Law determine the county’s governmental structure.

The Board of Supervisors is the governing body for Kings County and many county special districts. Each of the board’s five members is elected non-partisan to a four-year term. 

The board sets policies and depends on the county administrator, county officials and department heads to fulfill its wishes. The Board of Supervisors has administrative, legislative and quasi-judicial duties and responsibilities prescribed by the California State Constitution and Statutes.

On Tuesday, August. 2, 2022, the meeting was held at 9 a.m. in the Board Chambers, located at 1400 West Lacey Boulevard Administration Building No. 1 Hanford, California.

Kings County County Board of Supervisors Members present:

  • Joe Neves, District 1 (Lemoore & Stratford)
  • Doug Verboon, District 3 (North Hanford, Island District & North Lemoore)
  • Craig Pedersen, District 4 (Armona & Hanford)
  • Richard Fagundes, District 5 (Hanford & Burris Park)

Kings County County Board of Supervisors Members not present:

  • Richard Valle, District 2 (Avenal, Corcoran, Home Garden & Kettleman City)

Others Present:

  • Behavioral Health Department Director Lisa Lewis
  • Behavioral Health Department Deputy Director UnChong Parry
  • Fire Chief William Lynch
  • County Administrative Officer Edward Hill
  • Assistant County Administrative Officer Kyria Martinez
  • Administrative Office Analyst Domingo Cruz
  • Elizabeth Gazarele
  • Sean Cash
  • Jay Wood 
  • Lupe Villa
  • Sarah Harp
  • Wendy Osikafo
  • Rob Knudson
  • Tony Afonso
  • John Criscom
  • Kelly Luna
  • Dominic Tyburski
  • Rebekah Bell
  • Sheila Grant
  • Lance Lippincott


The board (4-0) unanimously approved the minutes from the regular meeting for July 26, 2022.

In the consent calendar, the board (5-0) unanimously approved items as follows:

A. Human Services Agency:

1. The board (5-0) adopted a resolution to authorize the Director of Human Services Agency as the signee for the remaining Project HomeKey documents.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) received authority under Assembly Bill (AB) 83 to fund the Multifamily Housing Program, the statutory basis for the Project HomeKey program.

HomeKey grant funds are derived primarily from Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Additionally, the State has allocated $50 million in the State General Fund to subsidize two years of project operational costs.

The Human Services Agency (HSA) provided the Board of Supervisors a HomeKey presentation on August 4, 2020, which included a project overview, and obtained approval to apply for two HomeKey projects (Stardust and Triangle Courtyard). 

On December 15, 2020, the Board authorized Resolution No. 20-078 that gave Sanja Bugay, Human Services Agency’s former Director, or her designee authorization to execute the application and HomeKey documents on behalf of the Applicant for participation in the HomeKey Program.

Most of the components of the original resolution have been completed. The application was submitted by HSA and approved by HCD. 

HSA entered the standard agreement and has complied with its requirements and the conditions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. 

The project is nearing completion; however, the department has continued reporting obligations under the terms above. 

These include, but are not limited to, expenditure reports, project updates, and an authorized signee to confirm the authenticity of all information provided to HCD as it relates to the Project HomeKey.

The updated resolution is required by HCD due to the departure of former director Sanja Bugay. 

HSA requests the resolution’s approval to meet ongoing obligations related to Project HomeKey. The agreement has been reviewed and approved by County Counsel as to form.

2. The board approved an agreement with Fiscal Experts, Incorporated, doing business as Time Study Buddy for program-level time-tracking software effective August 2, 2022, through July 31, 2027.

Time Study Buddy is a web-based time study ‘service’ founded in 2009 by a former County Fiscal Officer. It has been designed specifically for California County Human and Social Services programs. 

It was designed to automate the entire time study process, from workers making daily time study entries to reporting the results.

Time Study Buddy has also incorporated a time clock system into the software to allow Kings County Human Services staff to accurately record daily time and attendance for entry into the PeopleSoft system. 

The Time Study Buddy system allows for reporting capabilities, which the agency uses for grant billing.

Kings County Human Services Agency entered into a purchasing agreement with Fiscal Experts in October 2018. 

That agreement allowed for a maximum of 460 employees to utilize the software. Currently, the agency is budgeted at 484 employees. 

This increase in staff and the software licensing cost necessitate a new agreement.

This agreement has been reviewed and approved by Information Technology and County Counsel. A Sole Source form was submitted and approved by Purchasing.

The regular agenda items consist of:

A. Behavioral Health Department 

1. The board (5-0) approved an agreement with California Mental Health Services Authority for the semi-statewide Enterprise Health Record Program, retroactively effective from March 18, 2022, through March 18, 2029.

CalMHSA was established as a Joint Powers Authority to conduct the work on behalf of participating counties to coordinate mental health services. 

Kings County Behavioral Health Department (KCBH) has entered various participation agreements with CalMHSA since 2013.

On September 9, 2021, KCBH entered into a participation agreement with CalMHSA to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a vendor to deliver a California-centric Enterprise Health Record Program (EHR Program). 

RFP was reclassified on November 15, 2021. 

Following a comprehensive evaluation from the participating counties, CalMHSA has selected Streamline Healthcare Solutions, LLC as its technology partner in offering the SmartCare™ Electronic Health Record (EHR) to counties across the state. 

Streamline has worked exclusively in the Behavioral Health and Human Services market since 2003. 

Streamline is an enterprise, cloud-based, single-platform, intelligent Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution.

Effective March 20, 2022, CalMHSA entered a Master Services Agreement with Streamline to develop and implement “SmartCare Base, ” a fully integrated, web-based EHR system designed for program, billing and revenue management. 

Through this multi-county collaborative effort, the Enterprise Health Record will support the current 23 counties entering into this contract’s core business requirements and address all

regulatory requirements specific to the State of California to all partner county behavioral health organizations.

The new EHR start date is July 1, 2023. CalMHSA, on behalf of participants, will ensure Streamline meets the requirements of Medi-Cal and include ongoing updates as required by the State, and assure achievement of measurable deliverables to assure participant compliance and attestation as required by the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Program (BHQIP).

The agreement and resolution have been reviewed and approved by County Counsel.

The total agreement amount is $1,517,368

  • $653,686 for the Fiscal Year 2022/23
  • $144,768 for the Fiscal Year 2023/2024
  • $115,639 for the Fiscal Year 2024/2025
  • $115,744 for the Fiscal Year 2025/2026
  • $115,852 for the Fiscal Year 2026/2027
  • $115,964 for the Fiscal Year 2027/2028
  • $77,359 for the Fiscal Year 2028/2029. 

Also included in the total agreement amount is the participant contingency budget of $178,352. 

The first installment of $162,898 is due within 30 days of execution of this agreement, with payment being due each fiscal year from July 1st to June 30th. 

B. Fire Department

a. The board (4-0) authorized the Fire Chief to submit a proposal to purchase a new low-emission Fire Apparatus. 

The SJVAPCD Grant program funds the replacement of non-conforming authorized emergency vehicles.

Vehicles must be operated within the SJVAPCD Air Basin and have a diesel-powered engine with the model year of 2009 or older. 

If awarded, the grant will pay up to 90 percent of the cost of a new apparatus, with the remaining amount funded by the agency.

The application does not commit the Fire Department to spending funds it does not have. 

The money is reallocated to the grant program if the Fire Department does not accept the award.

Once the application is submitted, the SJVAPCD will review the proposal and determine if the proposed vehicle is eligible for the program. 

The current estimate of costs for the new proposed replacement vehicle is $876,202.

The SJVAPCD Grant will not immediately impact the Fire Fund. 

The total vehicle cost is $876,202. This grant would fund 90% or ($700,961) of the cost if awarded.

D. Administration 

2. The board (4-0) authorized the chairman to sign a letter of support for the F-35A Lightning II Operational Beddown at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

The National Guard Bureau is preparing an EIS per the National Environmental Policy Act. 

The Bureau proposes to bed down one squadron of F-15EX aircraft at two of three alternative locations and one squadron of F-35A aircraft at one of four alternative locations. 

These bed downs would replace the F-15C/D aircraft at the alternative locations where they are currently based. 

Those existing aircraft would be retired from the inventory due to their age and resulting maintenance costs. 

The proposed action also includes personnel needed to operate and maintain the F-15EX and F-35A and construct new and modified existing facilities on the installations supporting the bed downs.

The alternative locations for the Air National Guard F-15EX and F-35A beddowns include:

  • Barnes Air National Guard Base at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, Westfield, Massachusetts
  • Fresno National Air Guard Base at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fresno, California
  • NAS Lemoore, Lemoore, California
  • NAS Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Belle Chasse, Louisiana

The National Guard Bureau and Department of the Air Force are inviting the public to learn about a proposal to locate F-35A Lightning aircraft at NAS Lemoore. 

An informational meeting to learn more about this proposal, ask questions, and submit comments will be held in person on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, from 5 pm to 7 pm at the L.T.A. Portuguese Hall located at 470 Champion St., Lemoore. 

There will also be a virtual meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The meeting lasted until 1 p.m. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 9 a.m. 

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