Updated - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2012
Contact: Samye Johnson, San Augustine County Judge
936-275-2762 - Office / 936-275-2538 - Fax
ANNOUNCING FIRST OF ITS KIND SUMMIT IN TEXAS!
Stephen F. Austin State University, local providers, state and federal partners convening around ways to better serve citizens of small and rural county with scattered population.
San Augustine County will be hosting an all-day Community Partners Summit on October 29, 2012. It will be held at the Museum Theater, 117 E. Columbia, in historic downtown San Augustine. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and focuses on identifying existing and potential resources for expanding social services to county citizens.
Summit participants will include area service providers, representatives from Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work, and regional, state and federal representatives including Derek Lee, Aging Services Program Specialist, ACL/ORO/RSC6, Elma Goodwin, Management & Program Analyst, Immediate Office of the Regional Administrator, ACF, Hernan Reyes, M.D., Capt., US Public Health Service Deputy Regional Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, Jonathan Sanchez Leos, Public Health Advisor, Presidential Management Fellow, SAMHSA, Michael Duffy, Regional Administrator-Region VI, SAMHSA, Leon McCowan, Regional Administrator-Region VI, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and Philander Moore, Unit Manager, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Texas Department of State Health Services. Representatives from county government, officials from the City of San Augustine, the City of Broaddus, San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce and leaders from county volunteer and faith based organizations are also expected to attend.
The session will include presentations from local service providers. A representative from each partner organization will be asked to; 1) describe the services their organization provides to the citizens of this county, 2) list the dates and times their services are available in the county, 3) identify status; government agency or 501(c) 3, and 4) describe application process, and standard forms, if any, that are used. (If possible, please bring all application paperwork to the meeting, to be in included in the Social Service Directory we are compiling.)
We will also ask each organization to tell us what our county can do to help them in their efforts to serve our community.
Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant will present the preliminary data and reports compiled through an ongoing countywide SFA Social Service Needs Assessment project that began in March 2012. Dr. Darrel McDonald, also from SFA, will demonstrate the preliminary Social Service Needs Geospatial Mapping project customized for the county.
The Summit concludes with, state and federal partners working with local providers to identify resources and explore actions for increasing access to services for San Augustine citizens.
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
COMMUNITY PARTNERS SUMMIT