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October 26, 2016  Orange County Approved for Whole Person Care Pilot ProjectThe County of Orange has been approved through the state Department of Health Care Services for a five-year project to implement the Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot program, which is designed to ensure a more holistic approach to targeting the impacts of homelessness, and promoting mental and physical wellness. The Board of Supervisors approved the application for the funding in June, pledging to contribute local matching funds of $2.35 million dollars annually over five years from Mental Health Services Act dollars and tobacco-settlement funds. The County will receive a match in federal dollars, with total spending reaching $23.5 million over the course of the program.
October 25, 2016  Supervisors Support Fee Waiver to Encourage Animal AdoptionsFaced with an abundance of dogs, cats and rabbits filling space at the OC Animal Shelter, the Board of Supervisors has voted to allow OC Animal Care to waive adoption fees for pets being adopted in unincorporated areas, with plans to expand countywide.

October 24, 2016  Efforts to Target Workers’ Compensation Fraud Lead to Another ArrestAn ongoing effort by the County of Orange to target suspected instances of workers' compensation fraud resulted in the arrest last week of a sheriff’s deputy charged with defrauding the County of more than $35,000 in unearned benefits. The arrest is the fourth of a County employee alleged to have falsely claimed on-the-job injuries in the past two years.