Deer Valley Road Treatment Centers, Henningsen/Lotus Road Path Update, Medical Assistant Training Program

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Our office is receiving many phone calls and emails regarding the proposed Substance Use Disorder Treatment Centers on Deer Valley Road. As such, Supervisor Parlin is bringing an item to the full Board of Supervisors on January 30, 2024 at 9:00am. The Board’s discussion is an opportunity to approve letters to legislators, give direction to staff, and hear comments from the public.

Agenda and Meeting Details will be available by 5pm on January 24 at:

There will be opportunity for comments in person or via zoom. Comments are limited to 3 minutes per person.

Written comment submitted after the Agenda is posted on January 24 and before 4:00 p.m. on January 29, the day prior to the Board meeting, will be placed into the public record and forwarded to the Board of Supervisors. Any written correspondence should be directed to the County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667 or via email to the Clerk of the Board at

Background Information:
The State of California Legislators passed Assembly Bill (AB) 172 in 2021, which is the legislation that authorized the funding for these treatment centers. The full text of AB 172 is available here:

Here are excerpts from AB 172 where the State has taken away our local land use planning and is allowing these treatment centers in rural, residential neighborhoods:
“SEC. 27.
Chapter 20 (commencing with Section 18999.97) is added to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
CHAPTER 20. Community Care Expansion Program

18999.97. (a) The Community Care Expansion Program is hereby established. Under the program, qualified grantees shall administer projects for the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of property to be operated as residential adult and senior care facilities, or to promote the sustainability of existing licensed residential adult and senior care facilities through the provision of capitalized operating subsidy reserves.

(l) Any project that receives funds pursuant to this section shall be deemed consistent and in conformity with any applicable local plan, standard, or requirement, and any applicable coastal plan, local or otherwise, shall be allowed as a permitted use, within the zone in which the structure is located, shall not be subject to a conditional use permit, discretionary permit, or any other discretionary reviews or approvals, and shall be deemed as a ministerial action under Section 15268 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.”

Here is a link to the HomeCA press release where it is announced that Native Directions Inc. is working with HomeCA to develop facilities in Rescue and Shingle Springs:


The Rescue Deer Valley community group has created a website to rally the community together on this topic:


We will continue to share updates through our District IV Newsletter, which is public information and shareable.

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townhall thank you

Thank you for the great turnout and productive questions at the Henningsen/Lotus Road Town Hall.. The result of public input and staff’s presentation is that El Dorado County can pursue two different paths in this area: one path along the road which will be part of the transportation corridor developed with transportation funds, and the other path along the river which will be a recreation path developed with recreation funds. The process for the transportation corridor path is already under way, and my office will follow up with the Parks Department on possible options to fully develop the existing trail along the river.


Information for the transportation path along Lotus Road, including contact information, will be updated here:


Video link for 1/17/2024 meeting


We will continue to share updates through our Disctrict IV Newsletter, which is public information and shareable.

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Enrollment will open on February 20th, 2024

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