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Government

From the Desk of Palm Beach County Commissioner
Steven L. Abrams: Suicide Prevention

	 In response to the recent spike of                             	 Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence.                 	 Stop by today to meet your new best friend. The Animal
high-profile suicides, it’s important                            	 Expressing feelings of being trapped or hopeless.
to know that there is help available.                            	 Increasing use of alcohol or drugs.                              Care and Control shelter is located at 7100 Belvedere Road,
Suicide is a serious public-health                               	 Changing normal routines, including eating or sleeping
problem and there is a concerted effort                          patterns.                                                          West Palm Beach.
by local and national organizations                              	 Engaging in risky or self-destructive behavior, such as
to increase prevention awareness and                             using drugs or driving recklessly.                                 Adoption Hours:
overcome the stigma associated with                              	 Giving away belongings, or taking steps to get one’s
mental health illnesses.                                         affairs in order.                                                  Monday – Friday		  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
	 In Palm Beach County, the 211 HelpLine is the only 24/7        	 Saying goodbye to people in a manner that suggests they
nationally accredited suicide and community hotline that         won’t be seen again.                                               Saturday			        10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
provides free and confidential crisis intervention, information  	 Displaying personality changes or extreme anxiety,
assessment and referrals to community services.                  particularly when exhibiting some of the warning signs listed      Sunday			          11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
	 Reports indicate that individuals who contemplate suicide      above.
do not see how their decision will impact others. On average,    	 What you can do:                                                 	 For more information or to view pictures of adoptable
they will leave behind seven people as survivors, struggling in  	 If you suspect that a friend or loved one is contemplating
the aftermath. It’s the ninth leading cause of death in Florida  suicide, the following actions are recommended:                    animals online, please visit www.pbcgov.com/animal or call
and the 10th in the United States.                               	 Encourage the person to seek treatment. Ideally, the
	 If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know,       individual should consult a doctor or mental-health provider.      561-233-1200.
dial or text 2-1-1.                                              But, if he or she is unwilling to do so, suggest reaching out
	 Here are Common Warning Signs and ways to help                 to a support group, crisis center or faith community. Locally,     BCC Briefs.
someone who might be contemplating suicide:                      dial 2-1-1 or reach out to the National Suicide Prevention
	 Talking about suicide – for example, making statements         Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).                                 	 At the June 19th, 2018, Board of County Commissioners
such as “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead,” or     	 Help the person get assistance. For example, you can             meeting, the board took the following action:
“I wish I hadn’t been born.”                                     research treatment options, make phone calls, review health        	 Transit Village – approved a two-year extension to an
	 Obtaining the means to commit suicide, such as buying          insurance benefit information or take the person to an             agreement with Transit Village, LLC (TV). The original
a gun or stockpiling pills.                                      appointment.                                                       agreement required TV close by August 13, 2018. This
	 Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left         	 Facilitate open communication. Be supportive and                 extends the closing date to August 2020, on the condition a
alone.                                                           understanding. Also, listen attentively and avoid interrupting.    kickoff meeting is held by August 13th, 2018.
	 Exhibiting mood swings, such as being exuberant one day        	 Be respectful of the person’s feelings. Even though              	 Property Appraiser – received a presentation from Palm
and depressed the next.                                          someone who is suicidal isn’t thinking logically, the emotions
                                                                 are real. Not acknowledging how the person feels can curtail       Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks on property
     EF                                                          communication.
                                                                 	 Don’t be patronizing or judgmental. Instead of contending        values in Palm Beach County.
                                                                 that “things could be worse” or “you have so much to live
                                                                 for,” ask questions such as, “What would make you feel             	 Revenue Bonds – authorized the issuance of up of to
                                                                 better?” or “How can I help?”                                      $13 million in county revenue bonds for the Benjamin
                                                                 	 Never promise to keep someone’s suicidal feelings a              Private School and to conduct a Tax Equity and Fiscal
                                                                 secret. The reason is simple. If you think that the person’s       Responsibilities Act (TEFRA) public hearing. No county
                                                                 life is in danger, you’ll have to get help.                        funds nor its faith, credit or taxing power are involved.
                                                                 	 Offer reassurance. Emphasize that, with appropriate              	 Surplus Property – approved the conveyance of the
                                                                 treatment, he or she will feel better about life.
                                                                 	 Encourage the person to avoid alcohol and drugs. Using           county’s interest in three small parcels of surplus property
                                                                 drugs or alcohol can lead to reckless behavior and increase
                                                                 depression.                                                        with reservation of mineral and petroleum rights, but without
                                                                 	 Take Action.                                                     rights of entry and exploration: .13 acre in Pahokee to Larance
                                                                 	 If you think that someone is in danger of committing             Ford for $861.43; .14 acre on Edham Drive in West Palm
                                                                 suicide or has actually made a suicide attempt:                    Beach to Tiger Real Estate Development, LLC for $5,000;
                                                                 	 Trust your instincts even though you may worry that              and .21 acre improved with a 1,232-square-foot manufactured
                                                                 you’re overreacting. When someone’s life is potentially at         home to the city of Belle Glade.
                                                                 stake, that’s a risk worth taking.                                 	 Ag Reserve – approved the extension of three lease
                                                                 	 Don’t leave the person alone.                                    agreements to 2053 for county-owned property located in
                                                                 	 Try to find out if he or she is under the influence of alcohol   the Agricultural Reserve: a 10-year extension on 262 acres
                                                                 or drugs, or may have taken an overdose.                           with Bedner Farms; a 22-year extension on 195 acres with
                                                                 	 Call 911.                                                        T&D Cattle Company and Exotics; and a 28-year extension
                                                                 	 If these options above aren’t possible, dial 2-1-1 locally       on 938 acres with Bowman Growers. These properties are
                                                                 or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-      currently leased back at a rate of $500 per acre per year to
                                                                 273-TALK.
                                                                 	 Suicide has no social or economic boundaries. Most               continue farming operations and will be periodically adjusted
                                                                 suicidal people desperately want to live; they are just
                                                                 unable to see alternatives to their problem. The American          to fair market value as determined by appraisal.
                                                                 Association of Suicidology (AAS) reports that:
                                                                 	 For the U.S. population as a whole, suicide is the 10th          	 Roads – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise
                                                                 leading cause of death. On average, one suicide occurs             for public hearing on July 10th mid-year modifications to the
                                                                 every 11.7 minutes in the United States. Nationally, we lose       county’s five-year road program.
                                                                 approximately 123 individuals to suicide a day.                    	 Fire Rescue – adopted an ordinance authorizing the levy
                                                                 	 For teens and young adults, suicide is the second leading
                                                                 cause of death (behind accidents that are first, and homicides     and collection of a special assessment for charges billed to
                                                                 that are third). These disturbing facts are real. Please use this
                                                                 information and seek help for yourself or someone you may          the county by the city of Riviera Beach for maintenance of
                                                                 know who may be in danger of committing suicide.                   fire hydrants located in unincorporated areas of the city.
                                                                 	 Theaboveinformationwasobtainedatwww.211palmbeach.                	 Utility Easements – continued to the August 14th meeting
                                                                 org where you will find more information on suicide                approval of utility easements for FPL, AT&T Florida, Comcast
                                                                 prevention, crisis intervention, elder crisis outreach, health     and the city of Boca Raton over a 24-foot-wide portion of the
                                                                 advocacy and so much more.                                         Canary Palm Drive right of way in the Golf Vista PUD.
                                                                 	 The Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control                      	 Palm Tran – approved the filing of an FY-2017 grant
                                                                 shelter is at critical capacity, with no empty kennels             application with the Federal Transit Administration for
                                                                 available for new pets coming in.                                  capital funds in the amount of $16.158 million. This is a
                                                                 	 Approved adopters will receive a lifetime of unconditional       cost reimbursable agreement with an anticipated start date
                                                                 love and much more. All pets adopted from the shelter are
                                                                 spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped,         of October 1, 2017, and an anticipated end date of April
                                                                 have a current county license tag, and are sent home with a        10th, 2022. An upward budget amendment of $519,364 was
                                                                 free bag of Science Diet pet food. In addition, pet owners         approved to reconcile the adopted budget to the grant award.
                                                                 receive a health care certificate worth $500 in savings for        	 Financially Assisted Agencies – approved FY-2019
                                                                 their new pet.                                                     funding allocations of $1.615 million for the Domestic
                                                                                                                                    Abuse/Sheltering and Homelessness service category and

                                                                                                                                    $11.255 million for the Behavioral Health and Special Needs/

                                                                                                                                    Developmental Disability, Economic Stability/Poverty,

                                                                                                                                    Senior Services, and non-competitive service categories

                                                                                                                                    under the Financially Assisted Agencies program.

                                                                                                                                    	 Water Utilities – authorized consultant services in the
                                                                                                                                    amount of $142,220 with Urban Design Studio for the
                                                                                                                                    Water Treatment Plant 8 expansion project to provide for
                                                                                                                                    the combining and re-zoning of seven contiguous county-
                                                                                                                                    owned parcels totaling 58.62 acres. The approvals will allow
                                                                                                                                    for future development of a membrane treatment facility at
                                                                                                                                    the plant, incorporate the existing drainage of Jog Road, and
                                                                                                                                    allow for the development of a county-owned neighborhood

                                                                                                                                    park adjacent to Cam Estates. Commissioners agreed to name

                                                                                                                                    the new park in honor of Commissioner Paulette Burdick.
                                                                                                                                    	 Service Awards – recognized and congratulated 216
                                                                                                                                    county employees for their long-term service to the county.

                                                                                                                                    Honorees included County Administrator Verdenia Baker,
                                                                                                                                    30 years, and Palm Tran bus operator Thomas Romano, 40
                                                                                                                                    years.
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