Health clinics given reprieve by county supervisors
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday granted Truckee’s health clinics a one-year reprieve from closure and six months to create a long-term plan to ensure their survival.The decision is a major relief to clinic supporters who feared their clinic, which is funded by the county, would be shut down without warning with the adoption of the new county budget.”A couple of months ago we were going to flat-out close,” said District 5 Supervisor Barbara Green, who lobbied on behalf of the clinics. “If we can keep services flowing on a bare-bones basis at least we keep it going even if our batteries are low.”More than 60 people, including Truckee Mayor Josh Susman, voiced their support of the clinics on June 8, via a videoconference with supervisors, emphasizing the value of the clinics to the local community.The videoconference, which Barbara Green spearheaded, was the first time Truckee locals had commented to the county supervisors from Truckee, Green said.”Now the Truckee community can be in on what the board of supervisors is doing,” she said. County officials had suggested the clinics be closed because their efforts were duplicated by the Tahoe Forest Hospital clinics. But clinic-goers said that the centers service a unique group of teens, Hispanics and uninsured workers that would not be covered by the hospital clinic.The finalized budget left out some of the “duplication” language, which Green said made the clinics look expendable.”The word ‘duplicating’ … I didn’t see that as a positive word,” said Green. “I feel really, really relieved that we got the final wording the right way.” The next step for the clinics is to come up with a working group, which will likely be made up of county officials and nonprofit workers, to see if some services can be slimmed down and outside funding be pulled in to keep the clinics running past this year.