September 2019 newsletter: Community Health Assessment, National Preparedness Month, 2020-21 Budget

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September 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Community Health Assessment available
- National Preparedness Month
- Next steps in 2020-21 budget process
- Ramsey County partners with CareerForce
- Boys Totem Town closes after 106 years
- Evergreen sought for Union Depot
- Upcoming events

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Community Health Assessment available

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photo courtesy of Will Wright

Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health has published its Community Health Assessment with data and analysis of more than 120 health topics affecting Ramsey County communities. The assessment is compiled every five years to improve our understanding of community experience, particularly as it affects individual, family and community health.

Read the assessment and provide comments

Disasters don't plan ahead - but you can

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September is National Preparedness Month. Take time to talk with your family and community about the types of emergencies that could affect our region, and make a household plan.

Review safety tips and get tools to plan for emergencies

Next steps in the 2020-21 budget process

Ramsey County Manager Ryan O'Connor presented the 2020-21 budget to the board of commissioners on Aug. 6. Throughout August, the board held budget hearings for each of the county's Service Teams. The first of two public hearings about the budget was held on Aug. 29., the second will be held on Nov. 25.

View all budget materials and videos and submit feedback at

View the 2020-21 budget and full schedule

Ramsey County celebrates rollout of CareerForce

Ramsey County, in partnership with the Department of Employment and Economic Development, is celebrating the rollout of CareerForce. Bringing together all elements of Minnesota's workforce system under the CareerForce name will enhance the services we provide to career seekers, employers and our communities.

Residents can now access the tailored resources available through the free website. Residents of all career levels can personalize their job search experience, learn about available education and training opportunities, access local services and search thousands of Minnesota job openings.

During the week of Sept. 16-20, special events are being held to celebrate the rollout of CareerForce at the three Ramsey County locations. 

Attend the special events at county CareerForce locations

Boys Totem Town closes after 100 years

canoe that hung inside Boys Totem Town

After more than 100 years serving our community as a residential youth treatment center, Boys Totem Town (BTT) closed on Aug. 1. A closing celebration was held Aug. 14 and included remarks from local leaders and testimonials from former staff and clients.

Watch remarks from county leadership

During its period of operation, BTT provided a safe, secure and healthy environment for adolescent boys age 14-18 who had been committed by the court to treatment for committing offenses and demonstrating risky behavioral concerns in the community.

A nationally-recognized years-long focus on Juvenile Detention Alternatives has reduced the number of Ramsey County youth in correctional placements 60% in the last four years. This collaborative effort has a strong focus on maintaining public safety while reducing confinement and recidivism through greater use of community alternatives such as functional family therapy and culturally-specific services. The last of six youth that were enrolled in BTT in 2019 completed the program this summer.

In partnership with the City of Saint Paul, the District 1 Community Council and other stakeholders, Ramsey County is committed to a community-based process about potential future uses of the site.

Wanted: majestic evergreen tree for events at Union Depot

Decorated evergreen tree outside at Union Depot

photo courtesy of Union Depot

Do you have a 50- to 70-foot tall evergreen tree that's overgrown its location? The search is underway for this year's grand holiday tree for Hub for the Holidays events at Union Depot!

The submission deadline is Friday, Sept. 20.

View key requirements and learn how to submit photo of a tree

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Upcoming events

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Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, Sept. 17 and 24

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Site - Saint Paul
Fridays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
Saturdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Drop-In Discovery Stations
Saturdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, Sept. 12

Council Chamber Mural Viewing - Call for Artists
Friday, Sept. 13
Tuesday, Sept. 17

Criminal Expungement Forms Clinic
Thursdays, Sept. 12 and 26

Explore Your County's Data
Tuesday, Sept. 24

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, Sept. 28

View all upcoming events

child and foster parents

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