Riggs ambulance service extension to be discussed

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comApril 9, 2013 

— The Merced County Board of Supervisors will meet today to consider approving a contract extension for Riggs Ambulance Service until Aug. 31.

The extension wouldn't change the terms and conditions of Riggs' original contract, officials said, but it would extend services until a new bidding process can be completed.

"It's just to allow us to have continued service while we repeat the (request for proposal) process as directed by the board," said Kathleen Grassi, public health director.

Grassi said the contract could be extended again, if the process is not complete by the end of August.

"As we get closer, we'll have a better idea of how close we are to actually completing the RFP process," she said, adding that it can be extended by several months or more.

Also, the health department is asking the board to consider a $241,000 budget transfer to cover increased "Maddy" fund payments -- which cover unpaid emergency medical service claims.

The claims are paid from the funds after unsuccessful attempts to collect payment from the patients. According to county documents, the unpaid claims have increased in recent years.

The board will look at approving a contract with California Forensic Medical Group Inc. to provide medical, dental and mental health services to adult correctional facilities and medical and dental services for juvenile hall.

The Mental Health Department is asking the supervisors to approve a contract with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to provide training and peer-to-peer support, which is funded by the Mental Health Services Act.

The board also will consider approving the re-establishment of an assistant director position in the Department of Workforce Investment.

The position would provide "necessary administrative oversight" and help in the areas of budget, personnel and planning, according to county documents. The annual cost for the position is estimated at $191,091, but will be covered through salary savings because of vacant positions.

The supervisors will discuss proclaiming 2013 as the "Year of the Child" -- which means decision-makers would consider how every policy adoption and budget allocation would impact the children of Merced County.

The Board of Supervisors will meet at 10 a.m. in the board chambers on the third floor of the Merced County Administration Building, 2222 M St. in Merced.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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