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In the News: News from March 2016

CJAC to rank criminal justice grants

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The CAPCOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee will hold two meetings to receive presentations from organizations that submitted for a 2017 Office of the Governor’s, Criminal Justice Division grant.

The meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 29 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30 in the CAPCOG Pecan Room, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165, in Austin.

Participating organizations will be contacted about presentation times, but a schedule of the presentations has also been released.

> Review the Criminal Justice grant presentation schedule.
> Read more about the Criminal Justice grant process.

CAPCOG ships GeoMap 2015

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

GeoMap Program partners in 2015 can expect their 6- and 12-inch resolution orthoimagery any day. CAPCOG received data in late February, and is distributing it to the partner organizations.

The GeoMap Program provides crucial planning data that assists organizations with a variety of projects such as appraisals, growth management, conservation, local development and more. The GeoMap data release also means it is available for purchase by non-participating entities such as engineering and development firms.

> Purchase GeoMap 2015 data.

The GeoMap Program is an annual cooperative-purchasing effort that provides GIS base map data to many local governments. The program has saved more than $9 million since 2002 by minimizing potential duplicative efforts and receiving large volume discounts.

The 2016 GeoMap Program work is currently underway and the leaf-off orthoimagery acquisition is complete. CAPCOG expects to deliver the 2016 data this fall. It’s also time to prepare and budget for GeoMap 2017. The first call for 2017 projects will be in late March.

> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 GeoMap Program project.
> Discover the CAPCOG GIS Program.

TDHCA takes comments on Amended 2016 One-Year Action Plan

Friday, March 11, 2016
Source: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) started a 30-day public comment period for the Amended 2016 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan on March 7, 2016. Comments will be accepted until 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

TDHCA, Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) prepared the plan in accordance with 24 CFR §91.320. TDHCA coordinates the preparation of the State of Texas Consolidated Plan documents. The plan covers the State's administration of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) by TDA, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) by DSHS, and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program by TDHCA.

The Plan reflects the intended uses of funds received by the State of Texas from HUD for Program Year 2016. The Program Year begins on Feb. 1, 2016, and ends on Jan. 31, 2017. The plan also illustrates the State's strategies in addressing the priority needs and specific goals and objectives identified in the 2015-2019 State of Texas Consolidated Plan.

Based on updated HUD guidance, TDHCA has amended the plan to include a change in allocation amounts for all programs from estimated to final 2016 allocations; updates the HOME Method of Distribution; updates the definition of Chronically Homeless for ESG; and the addition of contingency provision language to the Citizen Participation Plan for estimated and actual allocation amounts for future years.

Anyone may submit comments on the plan in written form by mail to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Housing Resource Center, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941 or by fax to 512-475-0070.

> Submit comments by email to
> Go to the TDHCA Public Comment Center to access the plan.

AAACAP director headlines caregiving conference

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area Director, Jennifer Scott, will deliver a keynote speech about practical tips for caregivers who care for a person with  Alzheimer’s or other related dementia during Alzheimer’s Texas and Riverbend Church’s symposium - GPS, a Road Map for Caring for Aging Family Members.

“Learning about how the disease affects the person’s abilities is the key to being able to understand why the person struggles to complete the most basic tasks each day and struggles to follow directions of the caregiver,” Scott said. Her presentation will provide information on making the caregiving experience better for caregivers and their loved ones.

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at Riverbend Church Fellowship Hall in Austin.

Other speakers include Dr. Dewayne Nash, who will discuss Alzheimer's research and his connection with it; Pastor Reg Larkin, minister and counselor, who will discuss faith, celebration and grief in Caregiving; and Mary Koffend, owner of Accountable Aging, who will discuss Medicare, Medicaid, and Medigap.

> Register for the conference.
> Discover AAACAP.

Excited Delirium course stresses recognition of condition

Monday, March 07, 2016

Incidents of excited delirium create a number of challenges for peace officers, correctional officers, emergency medical personnel, and dispatchers as they respond to the substance induced medical condition. A March 25 Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) course, Excited Delirium, will educate public safety personnel on the best practices for recognizing, responding, and treating a subject with excited delirium.

“The (Excited Delirium) condition itself is always changing,” said Doug Wheless, the Lieutenant over the Medical Department in the Williamson County Jail, who is teaching the course. “There are always new examples of incidents, and the technology, practices and legal response behind the methods used to handle excited delirium incidents are always changing, too. This course will be beneficial to everyone in the public safety field.”

One of the first challenges public safety officers face is recognizing the symptoms of excited delirium and distinguishing it from other medical and mental conditions. People suffering from the condition can become violent, paranoid, appear to have superhuman strength and can suffer from asphyxia and hyperthermia. A subject in this state often removes their clothes, becomes aggressive to objects — especially glass, hides, thrashes in restraints and can cause further harm to themselves and others.

Similar side effects can be found in people suffering from schizophrenia and even strokes. By the end of the course, students will understand the differences between multiple ailments, so they can react appropriately.

“You don’t want to treat everyone like a drug addict that is acting out of control,” Wheless said. “You need to recognize that this is a medical emergency first.”

Excited Delirium Course Details

Course Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 25, 2016
Location: Mesquite Conference Room
CAPCOG Training Center
6800 Burleson Road, Building 310
Austin, TX 78744
Number of TCOLE CEUs: 8 Hours
> Register for the course
Registration Deadline: March 18, 2016

The violent and delirious nature of the subject’s condition also poses a challenge for those responding to the incidents. Officers often have to use force to subdue a subject, which can exacerbate the condition. The condition itself can be fatal, but this course teaches officers how to reduce that risk by using proper, specialized restraining methods and administering basic medical response so the subject can be transported safely to an emergency room for treatment. Each year there are between 250 to 350 in-custody deaths related to excited delirium incidents; this course aims to prevent those fatalities.

“This training teaches officers to recognize this condition as quickly as possible and have emergency medical services respond as quickly as possible while still protecting the subject, others and the officer,” said Randy Holmes, RLEA director.

An increase in the use of drugs that cause excited delirium such as K2, spice, bath salts, methamphetamine and cocaine combined with the subject’s bizarre behavior and officer response has caused many of these incidents to garner national media attention. Officers enrolled in this course will learn the importance of properly documenting these incidents to accurately portray the subject’s state and the officer’s response.

“The course teaches the safest way to handle a difficult, no win situation,” Wheless said. “Excited delirium is something that is not going to go away, and it is going to get worse and worse. We have to have a setup protocol that is defensible in a court of law.”

Wheless’ Excited Delirium course is backed by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

> Find other RLEA courses.
> Discover RLEA.

Lake Travis center provides regional hazardous waste options

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

A household hazardous waste facility in western Travis County has created a regional solution to costly annual collection events. The facility is helping six communities properly dispose of hazardous waste while reducing disposal cost, eliminating long wait times for residents, providing more collection times and deterring harmful illegal dumping.

The Lake Travis Regional Re-use and Recycling Center (LTRRRC) opened for its first household hazardous waste collection event on June 10, 2015. At that event, residents from 95 area households visited the facility to dispose of household hazardous waste. They dropped off 1,795 pounds of paint, 204 pounds of pesticides, 450 pounds of flammable solids and many other items. Two other events, one in September and one in December, experienced similar participation. The center is opened quarterly for the residents living in the cities of Lakeway and Bee Cave, The Village of the Hills, the Hurst Creek and Lakeway municipal utility districts and the Travis County Water Control and Improvement District No. 17.

“Participation from the community is going very well,” said Julie Oakley, Lakeway finance director, who helped start the facility. “We have been able to handle the flow of citizens coming to the center. The community has been very happy with the service, and we are accomplishing our goals.”

By increasing the frequency of collection events, the facility gives more residents greater access to proper disposal methods for chemicals and products that are harmful to people and the environment.

Before the center opened, the six communities participated in annual events with an attendance so abundant that cars and trucks stretched a mile long on Ranch-to-Market 620; sometimes residents were turned away.  And, instead of residents storing harmful chemicals for a year waiting for a collection event, this allows routine disposal.

Ken May, CAPCOG Regional Services Director, explained that a 2012-13 CAPCOG solid waste grant helped offset the six communities’ cost for opening the facility. The grant supported its initial construction, employee training and equipment purchases. LTRRRC met a number of the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan goals by encouraging household hazardous waste collection, alternatives to managing special types of waste and creation of a regional permanent facility.

CAPCOG solid waste grant funds have continued to support annual household hazardous waste events throughout the region, May added, and resident participation has continued to grow at such events which is great for disposal efforts but has caused many collections to exceed their budgets.

Because the LTRRRC has conducted more routine collections, planning budgets have become more consistent. The facility saves money because staff bundles the materials instead of a contractor. Contracting regularly scheduled shipping disposal trips and the ability to re-use certain items like latex paint also saves money.

Three more collection events at the facility are currently scheduled for fiscal year 2016 — March 2, June 1, and Sept. 7. The center is located at 3207 Neidhardt Drive, behind Lake Travis Fire Rescue Station 601.

> Learn more about the Lake Travis Regional Re-use and Recycling Center.
> Discover the CAPCOG Solid Waste Planning Program.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Solid Waste Grant Program.

The LTRRRC will accept: 

  • Household products — cleaning products, drain cleaners, oven cleaning solvents, degreasers, polishers, pool chemicals, household batteries, mercury thermometers, gas grill propane tanks; 
  • Paint products — latex and oil-based paints, spray paints, preservatives, strippers, etc.; or, 
  • Automotive products — antifreeze, car batteries, oil, oil filters, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc. 
  • Accepted materials must come in their original containers for transport. 

The center will not take: 

  • Asbestos products — including linoleum tiles containing asbestos from older homes; 
  • Industrial waste — anything from a business; 
  • Medical waste — needles, prescriptions, etc.; 
  • Ammunition or explosives — fireworks, dynamite, etc.; 
  • Radioactive waste — smoke detectors, etc.; 
  • Compressed gas cylinders — except for gas grill propane tanks which are accepted; 
  • Tires; 
  • Appliances — small or large; or, 
  • Technology products — computers, printers, televisions, speakers, surround sound, other electronic equipment.

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