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Stockton building destroyed by fire part of historic, Colberg Boat Works complex

STOCKTON, Calif. —Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire that burned a historic Stockton building to the ground.The fire started just after 6 o’clock Tuesday night in the area of West Lindsay and North Stockton streets.A massive smoke plume coming from the fire could be seen across Stockton.According to local historians, the fire happened at a site, known for decades as the Colberg Boat Works complex.The aggressive fire tore through one building and threatene...

STOCKTON, Calif. —

Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire that burned a historic Stockton building to the ground.

The fire started just after 6 o’clock Tuesday night in the area of West Lindsay and North Stockton streets.

A massive smoke plume coming from the fire could be seen across Stockton.

According to local historians, the fire happened at a site, known for decades as the Colberg Boat Works complex.

The aggressive fire tore through one building and threatened others.

The fire was so intense, crews couldn't go inside. Firefighters needed to take a defensive stance in fighting the flames, according to the Stockton Fire Department.

“The initial fire building was so heavily involved they couldn’t search it,” said battalion chief Travis Winton. “The entire building – both floors and basement – was heavily involved. And it’s got a basement in it, so that just increases the danger for us to be inside. So it was determined right off the bat we were gonna go defensive on the fire.”

Winton said crews let the main fire consume as much of the building as they could and then let it collapse to the ground.

“That way we don’t end up with folks back inside of a partially burned structure and have another fire that we have to go inside of,” said Winton.

The fire department said it is fairly confident no one was inside the building at the time of the fire and that it and other nearby structures had been vacant for several years.

No power or gas was turned on and going to the building, the battalion chief said.

“We talked with the owners of the building. They said this particular building, they haven’t had too many issues with folks living inside of it,” Winton said.

Stockton Fire said no one was hurt in the fire or while battling it.

Fire crews spent the better part of two hours battling the intense flames before the fire was out entirely.

Investigators have already been at the site and will work to figure out what caused it.

The building’s historyKCRA 3 was granted permission to share images posted by the Stockton History Facebook group. The photographs were taken decades ago at the site where the fire burned Tuesday night.

An architectural historian told KCRA 3 that the building destroyed in the fire was likely the lumber mill part of the complex which dates back to WWII.

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A Merced County park’s getting a $3.7M upgrade — including a new walking path, art and more

Winton Community Park is getting a second life thanks to a $3.7 million investment from the state’s Clean California Local Grant Program, a Merced County news release announced Wednesday.The state program, funded through the California Department of Transportation, was founded for communities to upgrade public spaces. About $296 million is being distributed across California to improve outdoor spaces via beautificati...

Winton Community Park is getting a second life thanks to a $3.7 million investment from the state’s Clean California Local Grant Program, a Merced County news release announced Wednesday.

The state program, funded through the California Department of Transportation, was founded for communities to upgrade public spaces. About $296 million is being distributed across California to improve outdoor spaces via beautification, public art, litter removal and the rehabilitation of facilities needing repair.

Winton’s 21.5-acre park is one of 105 projects awarded through the “highly-competitive” state program, the release said. The grant will allow the park — the only one located in the unincorporated community — to receive necessary renovations, upgrades and brand new amenities.

The plan for Winton Community Park is part of a larger initiative by Merced County to renovate old parks and build new ones, according to the release.

Winton Community Park was constructed in 1972. Newfound recreation opportunities will abound as plans for the park move forward.

A 5,650-foot walking path slated for construction around the perimeter of the park will allow for an easy mile-long stroll. Walkers will be accompanied by a beautified view of 20 newly planted trees and an art project designed and made by high school students.

The soccer and baseball fields, as well as the basketball court, are all scheduled to get lighting updates. The soccer field is also set to receive a face lift with grading and reseeding. Four new baseball dugouts will be added, too.

A playground, two picnic shelters and 60 graffiti-resistant tables are also on the list of brand-new facilities.

“It’s an exciting time to be a resident of Winton,” County Supervisor Lloyd Pareira, whose District 4 encompasses Winton, said in the release. “This park is loved and used often by the community. The renovation project will bring joy to many families and help beautify an often unsung gem of our county.”

County officials will soon embark on design work for the plan. Possible groundbreaking and project completion dates will be assessed in the coming weeks as the design moves forward, the release said.

In addition to the $3.7 million, the park is also getting $455,590 in per capita funding from the state’s Proposition 68 park program. Those dollars will go toward improving the restroom and concession facilities. Work is estimated to conclude by mid-2024, according to the release.

Winton is the fourth area in Merced County to be granted Proposition 68 funds, following award announcements for Livingston, Gustine and Planada.

Proposition 68 is part of the State Parks’ Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program, aimed at enhancing parks and recreation opportunities in California’s underserved communities. The per capita program is intended for rehabilitating run down infrastructure and addressing deficiencies in regions lacking access to the outdoors.

2022 West Michigan All-Conference Lakes, Rivers Division football team

MANISTEE – The 2022 West Michigan All-Conference awards for the Lakes and Rivers divisions have been announced, including five Manistee Chippewas.Listed below are the first team and honorable mention selections in both divisions. Manistee football players will be bolded.LAKES DIVISION Quarterback: Kyle Stratton, Whitehall, juniorRunning back: Trey Forfinski, Ludington, senior; Justin Dirheimer, Fremont, senior; Trever Jones, Oakridge, junior...

MANISTEE – The 2022 West Michigan All-Conference awards for the Lakes and Rivers divisions have been announced, including five Manistee Chippewas.

Listed below are the first team and honorable mention selections in both divisions. Manistee football players will be bolded.

LAKES DIVISION

Quarterback: Kyle Stratton, Whitehall, junior

Running back: Trey Forfinski, Ludington, senior; Justin Dirheimer, Fremont, senior; Trever Jones, Oakridge, junior

Blocking back: Isaiah Davis, Manistee, junior

Wide receiver: Aidan Gilchrist, Ludington, senior; Paul Olson, Montague, junior; Trannon Aylor, Whitehall, junior; Cam Thompson, Whitehall, sophomore

Tight end: Levi Laman, Ludington, senior

Tackle: Caden VanSickle, Manistee, senior; Winton Napier, Whitehall, senior

Guard: Riley Bean, Oakridge, senior; Wes Russell, Whitehall, senior

Center: Gage Lowry, Oakridge, senior

Defensive linemen: Kohlbe Nelson, Ludington, senior; Riley Bean, Oakridge, senior; Shane Cook, Whitehall, senior; Andrew Steger, Fremont, junior

Defensive end: Rodney Brassfield, Montague, senior; Winton Napier, Whitehall, senior; Trever Jones, Oakridge, junior; Gabe VanVleet, Fremont, junior; Kadin Waller, Whitehall, junior

Linebacker: Silas Jancek, Montague, senior; Jaiden Altgilbers, Whitehall, senior; Jackson Cook, Whitehall, senior; Trey Forfinski, Ludington, senior; Brody Jennings, Oakridge, junior

Defensive back: Nate Bolley, Whitehall, senior; Matt Danicek, Oakridge, senior; Gage Jones, Ludington, junior; Nick Hornkohl, Manistee, junior; Ca’Mar Ready, Whitehall, junior

Kick return specialist: Stephon Oakes, Orchard View, junior

Kicker: Landon Howe, Whitehall, senior

Punter: Owen Hertel, Fremont, senior

Graycen Shepherd, Whitehall, senior

Michael Romero, Fremont, senior

Chase Gowell, Montague, senior

Quarterback: Matt Danicek, Oakridge, senior

Running back: Nate Bolley, Whitehall, senior

Blocking back: Michael Moore, Montague, senior

Tackle: Adam Keffer, Ludington, senior

Guard: Carter Fredericks, Manistee, senior

Center: Conner Lindeman, Manistee, senior

Defensive linemen: Jamar Hill, Whitehall, junior; Carter Fredericks, Manistee, senior

Defensive back: Izac Jarka, Montague, senior

Kick return specialist: Lorenzo Garcia, Oakridge, senior

Kicker: Zach Henderson, Montague, senior; Ryan Cribbins, Oakridge, senior

Punter: Matt Danicek, Oakridge, senior; Carter Fredericks, Manistee, senior

RIVERS DIVISION

Quarterback: James Young, North Muskegon, sophomore

Running back: Denny Belmonte, North Muskegon, senior; Trayce Tate, Hart, senior; Peyton Merz, Mason County Central, sophomore

Blocking back: Travis Boughan, Shelby, senior

Wide receiver: Carsen Moat, North Muskegon, senior; Drew Mabrito, Ravenna, junior; Ben Meyers, North Muskegon, junior; TJ Byard, North Muskegon, sophomore; Eman Hertzler, Hart, sophomore

Tight end: Riley McLouth, Mason County Central, senior

Tackle: Landon Goerbig, Ravenna, senior; Sam Gallo, North Muskegon, senior

Guard: Ivan Lara, Hart, junior; Ethan Aleem, Holton, sophomore

Center: Chris Corbett, North Muskegon, senior; Carter Schullo, Ravenna, junior

Defensive linemen: Eli Rudicil, North Muskegon, senior; Brayden Fry, Ravenna, senior; Adrian Tice, Hart, junior; Carter Schullo, Ravenna, junior; Gradyn Wilson, Mason County Central, sophomore

Defensive end: Sam Gallo, North Muskegon, senior; Zane Thomas, Hart, senior

Linebacker: Travis Boughan, Shelby, senior; Kyle Huff, North Muskegon, senior; Derek Finlay, Ravenna, sophomore

Defensive back: Hunter Hogan, Ravenna, senior; Ben Meyers, North Muskegon, senior; Chase Albright, Holton, senior; Will Chye, Mason County Central, senior

Kick return specialist: Hunter Hogan, Ravenna, senior

Kicker: Hunter Hogan, Ravenna, senior

Punter: Bishop Lee, Shelby, senior

Chase Thomas, Ravenna, senior

Jayden Perrone, Mason County Central, senior

Trenton Swihart, Hart, senior

Quarterback: Hunter Hogan, Ravenna, senior

Running back: Skyler Stalbaum, Hesperia, sophomore

Blocking back: Austin Martinez, Hart, junior

Tight end: Kyle Huff, North Muskegon, senior; Chase Gale, Hart, junior; Hunter Zang, Holton, junior

Tackle: Zane Thomas, Hart, senior

Guard: Cayden Caniff, Ravenna, freshman

Defensive end: Ethan Domin, Mason County Central, junior

Linebacker: Drew Mabrito, Ravenna, junior

Defensive back: Ian Fox, Hesperia, sophomore

Kick return specialist: Alex Gleason, Hesperia, senior

Kicker: Guillermo Ortega, Hart, senior; Jack Erne, North Muskegon, senior

Punter: Guillermo Ortega, Hart, senior

McLain Moberg is a graduate of Michigan State University and the current Sports Editor for the Manistee News Advocate. McLain lives in Manistee with his lovely wife and beautiful daughter. He previously covered Michigan State Athletics for The Only Colors and Sports Illustrated's Spartan Nation.

HSFA 100 high school football scores – November 10-12, 2022

Friday night’s quarterfinal round in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs in Southern California featured four games with every matchup being a battle between teams in the High School Football America 100, powered by NFL Play Football.Two of the four favorites, according to our proprietary algorithm, saw their 2022 seasons come to a close.No. 39 Mission Viejo surprised many with its 31-28 defeat of No. 14 Corona Centennial. The Husk...

Friday night’s quarterfinal round in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs in Southern California featured four games with every matchup being a battle between teams in the High School Football America 100, powered by NFL Play Football.

Two of the four favorites, according to our proprietary algorithm, saw their 2022 seasons come to a close.

No. 39 Mission Viejo surprised many with its 31-28 defeat of No. 14 Corona Centennial. The Huskies had the ball with under three minutes to play, but cornerback Trey Tolmaire incepted a pass near midfield that ended CC’s hope of a tying or go ahead score.

Next-up for MV is No. 5 St. John Bosco in next week’s divisional semifinals. The Braves beat No. 86 Orange Lutheran Friday night 49-14.

The SJB/MV will feature to head coaches who know each other very well. Mission Viejo head coach Chad Johnson spent many years as a top assistant under Bosco head coach Jason Negro.

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— Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) November 12, 2022

On the other side of the bracket, reigning High School Football America national champ Mater Dei advanced to the semis with an easy 54-14 win over No. 94 JSerra. The No. 1 Monarchs will face No. 64 Los Alamitos.

Mater Dei’s win came one day after legendary head coach Bruce Rollinson announced that 2022 would be his final season at the helm of the three-time HSFA national champs.

Los Al advanced to the Final Four with a 52-42 win over No. 38 Long Beach Poly.

In Ohio, we’re heading to the regional championships, AKA the state quarterfinals.

In Division I, No. 37 Lakota West picked-up a quality win Friday night with a 30-10 victory over No. 81 Elder. Next week, the Firebirds will play No. 24 Archbishop Moeller for the Region 4 title.

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship is set. It will be a Maryland vs. DC final with No. 21 DeMatha playing No. 57 St. John’s College HS.

SJC beat No. 27 Good Counsel 14-10 Friday night. The win reversed a regular season loss to GC.

In the Hoosier State, next weekend’s 6A semifinals will be a matchup of defending 2021 state champs with No. 75 Cathedral (’20 & ’21 5A champ) facing No. 80 Center Grove (’20 & ’21 6A champs).

Friday night, Cathedral avenged a regular season loss to No. 73 Brownsburg. The Fighting Irish beat the Bulldogs 14-7. Center Grove beat No. 254 Warren Central 42-32.

In North Carolina, Chambers won’t be playing for a fifth straight state championship. A.C. Reynolds beat the No. 93 ranked Cougars 17-16. Jarod Glenn’s 41-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner.

Also in NC’s 4A second round, No. 79 Hough beat No. 99 Mallard Creek 16-6.

No. 1 Mater Dei (California) beat No. 94 JSerra (California) 54-14

No. 2 Buford (Georgia) beat Peachtree Ridge (Georgia) 63-6

No. 3 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) beat Clarkson North (Maryland) 34-10

No. 4 Miami Central (Florida) beat St. Bernard (Florida) 60-0

No. 5 St. John Bosco (California) beat No. 86 Orange Lutheran (California) 49-14

No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) beat Coconut Creek (Florida) 59-14

No. 7 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida) – Idle

No. 8 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) beat No. 177 Liberty (Nevada) 56-14

No. 9 North Shore (Texas) beat Dobie (Texas) 49-3

No. 10 Duncanville (Texas) beat Bryan (Texas) 74-13

No. 11 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida) vs. Inlet Grove (Florida), Monday

No. 12 IMG Academy (Florida) – Idle

No. 13 Lipscomb Academy (Tennessee) beat Silverdale Academy (Tennessee) 77-13

No. 14 Corona Centennial (California) lost to No. 39 Mission Viejo (California) 31-28

No. 15 Denton Guyer (Texas) beat Marcus (Texas) 42-7

No. 16 St. Edward (Ohio) beat No. 111 St. Ignatius (Ohio) 28-7

No. 17 Westlake (Texas) beat Cedar Ridge (Texas) 58-10

No. 18 Colquitt County (Texas) beat Pebblebrook (Georgia) 56-16

No. 19 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida) beat Pine Crest (Florida) 45-0

No. 20 DeMatha (Maryland) beat No. 238 Gonzaga (Washington, DC) 28-7

No. 21 Langston Hughes (Georgia) beat River Ridge (Georgia) 49-6

No. 22 Catholic (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – Idle

No. 23 Edgewater (Florida) beat First Coast (Florida) 57-6

No. 24 Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) beat No. 192 Mason (Ohio) 24-16

No. 25 Mill Creek (Georgia) beat Meadowcreek (Georgia) 59-22

No. 26 Columbus (Miami, Florida) beat Miami (Florida) 63-0

No. 27 Good Counsel (Maryland) lost to No. 57 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) 14-10

No. 28 Massillon Washington (Ohio) beat Big Walnut (Ohio) 42-21

No. 29 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) beat St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) 47-7

No. 30 Southlake Carroll (Texas) beat Crowley (Texas) 52-13

No. 31 Dutch Fork (South Carolina) beat Dorman (South Carolina) 35-18

No. 32 DeSoto (Texas) beat Weiss (Texas) 37-20

No. 33 Cedar Grove (Georgia) beat Bremen (Georgia) 48-7

No. 34 Chandler (Arizona) lost to No. 102 Hamilton (Arizona) 19-17

No. 35 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania) beat La Salle College HS (Pennsylvania) 21-13

No. 36 Northwestern (Miami, Florida) beat Gulliver Prep (Florida) 39-0

No. 37 Lakota West (Ohio) beat No. 81 Elder (Ohio) 30-10

No. 38 Long Beach Poly (California) lost to No. 64 Los Alamitos (California) 52-41

No. 39 Mission Viejo (California) beat No. 14 Corona Centennial (California) 31-28

No. 40 Katy (Texas) beat Fort Bend Clements (Texas) 59-0

No. 41 Lakeland (Florida) beat Lake Gibson (Florida) 49-0

No. 42 Serra (San Mateo, California) beat Palma (California) 57-7

No. 43 Folsom (California) beat Sheldon (California) 52-8

No. 44 Iona Prep (New York) beat No. 191 Archbishop Stepinac (New Jersey) 41-28

No. 45 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) beat St. Augustine (New Jersey) 37-0

No. 46 Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee) beat Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tennessee) 33-14

No. 47 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) beat Donovan Catholic (New Jersey) 41-7

No. 48 Jones (Orlando, Florida) beat Wekiva (Florida) 29-14

No. 49 Central (Phenix City, Alabama) beat Enterprise (Alabama) 45-14

No. 50 Venice (Florida) beat Riverdale (Florida) 87-20

No. 51 Hoover (Alabama) beat No. 72 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama) 28-11

No. 52 Edna Karr (Louisiana) – Idle

No. 53 Kahuku (Hawaii) – Idle

No. 54 Seminole (Sanford, Florida) vs. Mandarin (Florida), Monday

No. 55 Cocoa (Florida) beat Dunnellon (Florida) 52-6

No. 56 Auburn (Alabama) beat Dothan (Alabama) 48-20

No. 57 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) beat No. 27 Good Counsel (Maryland) 14-10

No. 58 Thompson (Alabama) beat Vestavia Hills (Auburn) 21-12

No. 59 North Cobb (Georgia) beat Denmark (Georgia) 42-10

No. 60 Pittsburg (California) beat Antioch (California) 55-22

No. 61 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) lost to Delbarton (New Jersey) 35-12

No. 62 Bryant (Arkansas) – Idle

No. 63 Longview (Texas) beat Crosby (Texas) 49-15

No. 64 Los Alamitos (California) beat No. 38 Long Beach Poly (California) 52-42

No. 65 Belleville (Michigan) beat Detroit Catholic Central (Michigan) 33-10

No. 66 Liberty (Arizona) beat Boulder Creek (Arizona) 37-7

No. 67 Oakland (Tennessee) beat Lebanon (Tennessee) 41-7

No. 68 Winton Woods (Ohio) lost to No. 280 Kings (Ohio) 23-16

No. 69 Basha (Arizona) beat Perry (Arizona) 52-7

No. 70 Springfield (Ohio) beat No. 166 Centerville (Ohio) 42-14

No. 71 Walton (Georgia) beat South Forsyth (Georgia) 35-21

No. 72 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama) lost to No. 51 Hoover (Alabama) 28-11

No. 73 Brownsburg (Indiana) lost to No. 75 Cathedral (Indiana) 14-7

No. 74 Skyridge (Utah) beat No. 152 Bingham (Utah) 45-20

No. 75 Cathedral (Indiana) beat No. 73 Brownsburg (Indiana) 14-7

No. 76 Creekside (Georgia) beat Greater Atlanta Christian (Georgia) 54-16

No. 77 East St. Louis (Illinois) beat Crete-Monee (Illinois) 45-0

No. 78 Atascocita (Texas) beat Deer Park (Texas) 48-7

No. 79 Hough (North Carolina) beat No. 99 Mallard Creek (North Carolina) 16-6

No. 80 Center Grove (Indiana) beat No. 254 Warren Central (Indiana) 42-32

No. 81 Elder (Ohio) lost to No. 37 Lakota West (Ohio) 30-10

No. 82 St. Xavier (Kentucky) lost to No. 189 Male (Kentucky) 22-21 in OT

No. 83 Corner Canyon (Utah) beat Farmington (Utah) 45-28

No. 84 Highland Springs (Virginia) beat Prince Georgia (Virginia) 49-0

No. 85 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Florida) – Idle

No. 86 Orange Lutheran (California) lost to No. 5 St. John Bosco (California) 49-14

No. 87 Edison (Huntington Beach, California) – Season Complete

No. 88 Christian Brothers College (Missouri) beat Marquette (Missouri) 42-7

No. 89 Bartram Trail (Florida) beat Flagler Palm Coast (Florida) 50-20

No. 90 Zachary (Louisiana) beat St. Amant (Louisiana) 42-7

No. 91 Union (Oklahoma) – Idle

No. 92 Cibolo Steele (Texas) beat Johnson (San Antonio, Texas) 34-17

No. 93 Chambers (North Carolina) lost to A.C. Reynolds (North Carolina) 17-16

No. 94 JSerra (California) lost to No. 1 Mater Dei (California) 54-14

No. 95 Milton (Georgia) beat Cherokee (Georgia) 28-14

No. 96 Mount Carmel (Chicago, Illinois) beat No. 277 Brother Rice (Illinois) 48-12

No. 97 Pine Forest (Florida) beat Rickards (Florida) 35-15

No. 98 St. Augustine (Louisiana) – Idle

No. 99 Mallard Creek (North Carolina) lost to No. 79 Hough (North Carolina) 16-6

No. 100 Santa Margarita (California) – Season Complete

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New Behavioral Health clinic set for Winton

Merced County’s development of a north county Behavioral Health clinic at 7099 California Street in Winton is an exciting new project in the community, which is anticipated to significantly benefit the entire northern part of Merced County.“Our department has been looking for a north county campus for a couple years,” said Genevieve Valentine, director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services for the Merced County Behavioral Health Department. “We have a small clinic in Livingston, but it has not been meeting...

Merced County’s development of a north county Behavioral Health clinic at 7099 California Street in Winton is an exciting new project in the community, which is anticipated to significantly benefit the entire northern part of Merced County.

“Our department has been looking for a north county campus for a couple years,” said Genevieve Valentine, director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services for the Merced County Behavioral Health Department. “We have a small clinic in Livingston, but it has not been meeting the needs of the whole north side.

“By the grace of God, we had someone reach out to us and tell us the Mennonite church in Winton was for sale. I looked at the property, and Merced County Behavioral Health did purchase it. We closed escrow in November 2021.

“Our hope is to actually have the north county clinic operational by July 2023. It will take us at least 18 months to get all of the necessary work done. However, we are hoping to provide a small number of services by this Summer in Winton, but nowhere near what we’re hoping to do for the community by summer of 2023.

“Currently, Winton has very limited behavioral health services, and our hope is to have those in the Winton community apply for the jobs we’re going to have available, such as jobs for youth mentors in the Winton community. We hope our facility will breathe life into the community and provide not only Behavioral Health support but really good County jobs.”

Describing the services a Behavioral Health clinic offers, Valentine said, “Merced County Behavioral Health is the Medi-Cal provider for the moderate to severe mentally ill and those who need substance abuse treatment. We have a variety of contracts throughout the County, and we provide both outpatient and residential mental health and substance abuse treatment in order to support the needs of the Medi-Cal beneficiaries of Merced.

“We provide services for children, transitional age youth, and adults all the way to the end of life.

“We have three mobile crisis teams, one that specializes in youth, one that goes out with Law Enforcement to address the needs of adults and the homeless, and one that responds to a variety of community crisis situations.

“So, for example, when a young person is not doing well, we can evaluate them through the crisis team that specializes in youth and get them immediate stabilization for 23 hours at the Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit, and that gives the family a necessary time out. That’s at our Merced campus.

“The adult and homeless unit responds with law enforcement, and it’s embedded with the Merced DART team; this partnership tries to do outreach and engagement with the homeless and other adults in the community and provides resources as needed.

“We are trying really hard to show our community that Behavioral Health is going to be standing side by side with our community members and be the necessary support, instead of being just a building you go to.

“We are expanding and doing more and more in the schools and developing collaborative partnerships for early intervention and prevention, and we have blossoming partnerships with a variety of school districts and the Merced County Office of Education.

“We want to invest in the social/emotional well-being of our kids, and in addition to teaching them skills, build resiliency so they can see how developing healthy coping skills helps us in the long run.

“With early intervention and prevention, we start with education for the families such as teaching coping skills, and better mechanisms to deal with stressors, so rather than trying to make a child or a family feel bad, we try to de-stigmatize mental health issues.

“Kids are not always taught social/emotional regulation skills, so we teach frustration tolerance skills. We also conduct behavioral health assessments and provide treatment. It takes a little while, but a child should not be in behavioral health treatment their whole life and we need to really hone in and get them the tools and skills they need. We have to educate and support the whole family in order to heal the whole unit.

“We have a really good strong Children’s System of Care. One children’s team of care is called Strengthening Families. The whole goal of this team is to have adult mentors coach parents and coach kids and use their own life experiences to help those going through the system to navigate the Behavioral Health world. It’s parents helping parents.”

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