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Behavioral Health And Recovery Services accepting Public Comment On Fiscal Year

CVV News l May 1, 2023

Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (MCBHRS) has opened a 30-day public viewing and comment period for its Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) – Fiscal Year 2023-2024 to 2025-2026 Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan. Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 5847 states that county mental health programs shall prepare and submit Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plans and Annual Updates for MHSA programs and expenditures. Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 5848 states the Behavioral Health Advisory Board shall conduct a public hearing on the draft Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan or Annual Update at the close of the 30-day public review and comment period. MHSA Plans and Annual Updates must be adopted by the County Board of Supervisors and submitted to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) within 30 days after Board of Supervisors adoption.

The MHSA Fiscal Year 2023-2024 to 2025-2026 Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan and Public Comment form will be posted on the MCBHRS Department website at: Services-Act. Residents may download the document from the website or request an electronic version of the document by emailing The public can also request a hard copy of the documents by contacting the department at (209) 381-6800 ext. 3611 or toll free at 1-866-626-6472. A Public Hearing is scheduled for June 6, 2023 as part of the Merced County Behavioral Health Advisory Board Meeting. The meeting will be held in person. The Public Hearing will start at 5:15 p.m. Upon request, interpretative assistance will be available to Spanish and Hmong speaking residents.

To provide input, recommendations and comments, please call (209) 381-6800 ext. 3611 or complete a Public Comment form and either email the completed form to or mail or hand deliver it to MCBHRS.

For more information regarding Merced County, please visit our website at

Merced County Accepting Applications for its 2023 Volunteer Recognition Program

CVV News | March 2023

Merced County is now accepting applications for its 2023 Volunteer Recognition Program.

Established by the Board of Supervisors in 1999, the annual program is a time for the County to say “thank you” to the many volunteers in our community that go above and beyond in their service while enhancing the surrounding community.

Nominations can include either groups or individual volunteers. Applications will be screened by an external advisory committee, and winners (two per supervisorial district) will be recognized during the April 25, 2023 Board of Supervisors meeting at 6 p.m.

Nominations can be made online. A printable nomination form is also available at that webpage. All nomination forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2023 to be considered for this year’s program. Should you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Merced County Public Information Officer Mike North at (209) 726-2744.

Please note: to qualify for the program, nominees must donate their time/service without pay or other compensation. Volunteers to political efforts, elected/appointed officials, and declared candidates are ineligible.

Central Valley Voice
Central Valley Voice
Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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