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YOU GUYS ARE READY FOR US TO DO THAT MAYOR? YES.

WE'RE GETTING ORGANIZED FOR THE BUDGET WORKSHOP.

I JUST WANTED TO FOLLOW UP ON SOMETHING THAT AROSE IN OUR EARLIER COVID BRIEFING.

AND THAT IS, UM, I THINK IT WAS COUNCIL MEMBER CASARA THAT ASKED ABOUT SOME OF THE REASONS FOR VACCINE HESITANCY.

AND I HEARD AN INTERESTING REPORT YESTERDAY, UM, ON NEWS THAT TALKED ABOUT AN INTERVIEWED W THEY WERE INTERVIEWING SOME INDIVIDUALS TO TALK ABOUT WHY THEY WERE NOT GETTING THE VACCINE.

AND IN SOME CASES, PEOPLE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT MISSING WORK, THAT IF THEY HAD ANY SIDE EFFECTS, THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET TO WORK FOR SEVERAL DAYS POTENTIALLY.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, I, I'M REALLY PROUD OF THIS COUNCIL AND IT'S WORKED, BUT IT'S DONE ON A SICK LEAVE POLICY, BUT I THINK THAT'S ANOTHER MESSAGE TO GET OUT TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT IT'S TERRIFIC, UM, AND, YOU KNOW, ENCOURAGING OUR BUSINESSES IN TOWN TO, TO ENCOURAGE THEIR EMPLOYEES AND TO PROVIDE TIME OFF FOR VACCINATIONS, BUT, UM, PROVIDING THAT SPACE FOR EMPLOYEES TO STAY HOME, IF THEY DO HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS, UH, MAY ALSO BE PART OF THE EQUATION.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND COULD BE THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING HERE TODAY.

SPECIAL BUDGET WORK SESSION, TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 20, 20 WIDE.

UH, IT IS, UH, OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

[1. Discussion about the fiscal year 2021-2022 proposed budget and tax rate. (Part 1 of 2)]

UH, IT IS, UH, 1145, UH, COLLEAGUES.

WE HAVE THE BUDGET SCHEDULE TODAY.

UH, WE HAVE WHAT THE STAFF HAS LAID OUT AND POSTED AND SAID TO US LAST NIGHT IS THE ELEMENTS THEY'VE HEARD PEOPLE TALK ABOUT, UH, THAT THEY WANT TO ADDRESS.

SO WE HAVE STAFF READY TO MAKE THAT KIND OF PRESENTATION.

UM, AND THEN WE HAVE, UH, ALSO EXECUTIVE SESSION, UH, TWO ITEMS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

UH, I WANT TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR ALL'S PLEASURE IS.

WOULD, WOULD IT BE THE INTENT MANAGER TO HAVE THE STAFF GIVE THE FULL BUDGET PRESENTATION TO WALK THROUGH THAT OR TO DO THAT BY SECTIONS MAYOR, COUNCIL? UH, WE WOULD RECOMMEND DOING IT BY SECTIONS, AND THEN WE CAN JUST GO SECTION BY SECTION THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR BREAKS AS APPROPRIATE FOR LUNCH AND FOR EXECUTIVE SESSIONS.

UM, BUT IT'S STRUCTURED IN A WAY THAT WE CAN EASILY, UH, JUST GO THROUGH A SECTION PAUSE, SEE IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS, MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SECTION.

UM, SO I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL OVERALL TO JUST GO THROUGH THE WHOLE THING, UH, AT THE, AT ONCE.

BUT, UM, THAT WAY WE CAN ALSO BREAK IT UP INTO THE TWO DAYS, UH, BOTH TODAY AND ON THURSDAY.

SO WHATEVER WE DON'T GET THROUGH TODAY, WE CAN COVER ON THURSDAY.

UM, ONCE WE MAKE THIS DETERMINATION OF SCHEDULE, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO CARRIE LANG WHO WILL JUST OUTLINE, UH, THAT GAME PLAN AND THE TOPICS THAT WE'VE OUTLINED, UH, AS YOU REFERENCED.

ALL RIGHT, THE OTHER PLACE THAT WE COULD GO IS, WHAT WE COULD DO IS WE, WE COULD, IF WE WANTED TO, UH, BREAK FOR W WE HAD A LONG SESSION THIS MORNING, WE COULD BREAK FOR LARGER BREAK AND GO BACK TO EXECUTIVE SESSION NOW, UH, AND THEN TALK ABOUT WHETHER, OR TO WHAT DEGREE WE WANTED TO ACTUALLY HOLD EXECUTIVE SESSION TODAY.

THAT MIGHT GIVE US THAT, UH, A VIEW FOR, FOR VISUAL FERVOR FOR BOTH AVENUES AND THAT EITHER WE CAN STAY THE EXECUTIVE SESSION OR WE CAN COME BACK OUT AND START THE BUDGET SESSION.

THAT'S SOUNDED GOOD.

AND LET'S GO AHEAD AND DO THAT.

WE'LL WE'LL WE'LL GO AHEAD.

YES.

WELL, I'D LIKE TO S TO ANSWER RIGHT NOW, WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO HAVE EXECUTIVE SESSION OR NOT, IS THAT I COULDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE SAYING.

WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION SO WE CAN SEE WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO TALK ABOUT, OR WHETHER PEOPLE WANT TO TALK.

AND IT'S NOT REALLY A CONVERSATION WE CAN HAVE HERE.

SO WE'RE GOING TO SPEND THE NEXT 15 MINUTES, AT LEAST IT EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF, OF LOOKING AT THAT AGENDA AND SEEING, UH, UM, WHETHER WE WANT TO, HOW WE, WHETHER WE WANT TO COVER THAT NOW, OR WHETHER WE WANT TO COME BACK OUT, DO THE BUDGET STUFF AND DO EXECUTIVE SESSION LATER, I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST, SUGGEST SOMETHING RIGHT NOW THAT I THINK WE CAN TALK ABOUT PUBLICLY.

AND I'M JUST TRYING TO DETERMINE, DETERMINE BECAUSE, UM, SO, UH, I WOULD PROPOSE THAT WE DO OUR EXECUTIVE SESSIONS ON THURSDAY.

UH, IF

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OTHERS WANT TO HAVE THEM TODAY, THAT'S, THAT'S FINE.

I CAN, I CAN DO THAT.

I JUST THOUGHT FOR, FOR PURPOSES OF CLARITY, THAT IT MIGHT BE USEFUL TO JUST GO AHEAD AND SAY RIGHT NOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO EXECUTIVE SESSIONS ON THURSDAY, AND THEN WE KNOW, WELL, IT'S POSTED FOR THURSDAY, SO WE CERTAINLY CAN.

UH, BUT BEFORE WE MAKE THAT DECISION, WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION SO THAT WE CAN GIVE PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK IN THAT FORUM.

OKAY.

THE D THE DIFFICULTY MAYOR IS THAT FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE VIRTUAL, IT IS HARDER TO HEAR AN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

AND SO WE'LL JUST HAVE TO, UM, ALL SPEAK UP SO WE CAN HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.

UM, AND SOME OF US MAY BE MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT WHETHER WE NEED TO APPEAR IN PERSON FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION.

SO IT'D BE EASIER TO, TO HAVE THAT CLEAR NOW, BUT IF YOU'D PREFER TO DO IT THE OTHER WAY, THEN, THEN WE CAN CERTAINLY LET'S DO IT THE OTHER WAY, BUT WE'LL CERTAINLY TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT.

AND WHEN WE GET BACK THERE, I THINK THINGS WILL BE CLEARER TO US.

THE LIMITATIONS IN THAT SPACE WILL BE CLEARER TO US.

PEOPLE'S SCHEDULES OVER THE DAY WILL BE CLEARER TO US.

SO WE'RE GONNA, WE'RE GONNA, WE'RE GOING TO START THAT WAY.

SO HERE AT 1150, WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO, UH, UH, EXECUTIVE SESSION.

YOU DON'T HAVE THE SCRIPT HANDED TO YOU.

THANK YOU.

[Executive Session (Part 1 of 2)]

COUNSEL IS GOING TO GO INTO CLOSED SESSION TO TAKE UP TWO ITEMS PURSUANT TO 5, 5, 1 0 7.

ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT CODE.

WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO A NUMBER THREE POTENTIAL NOVEMBER 2ND, 2021 ELECTION.

ALSO A PURSUIT OF FIVE, FIVE WATER OR SEVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT CODE.

WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS PERSONNEL MATTERS RELATED TO ITEM TWO A I WOULD POINT OUT THAT ON OUR AGENDA FOR TODAY.

UH, WE HAVE ITEMS 1, 2, 3 BELOW THAT ARE THE AGENDA.

WE'RE ANOTHER LISTING OF ONE THROUGH 12 ITEMS AT DIFFERENT CATEGORIES.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO DISCUSS THOSE ONE THROUGH 12 AND THOSE ADDITIONAL CATEGORY EDITS, EXCEPT IN SO MUCH AS THEY'RE COVERED BY ONE, TWO AND THREE.

SO THE AGENDA TODAY, EVERYTHING'S WITHDRAWN EXCEPT FOR ONE, TWO, AND THREE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE VERY TO BE COVERING.

SO WITHOUT OBJECTION, UH, LET'S MOVE OVER TO EXECUTIVE SESSION ON THE ITEMS, UH, UH, ANNOUNCED, UH, THE TIME IS 1151.

OKAY.

UH, WE, UH, EARLIER CONVENED THE CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION HERE AT BUDGET WORK SESSION HERE ON AUGUST 3RD, 2021.

UM, WE RECESSED AND WENT INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION, UH, WE'VE, UH, RECESSED, UH, EXECUTIVE SESSION WHERE ITEMS THREE AND TWO WERE ON THE, UH, UH, AGENDA.

UH, WE WILL RECONVENE, UH, EXECUTIVE SESSION PROPERTY ABOUT THREE O'CLOCK TODAY.

WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND WORK OUT A HARD STOP ON TODAY'S BUDGET MATTERS BETRAYED NOW AT THREE.

SO LET'S WORK AND, AND WE'LL TRY TO HELP FACILITATE THAT AT THREE O'CLOCK, WE'LL GO BACK INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION.

WE HAVE A HARD STOP TODAY AT FIVE 15.

I WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE, UH, WE DO THAT.

I, WE HAVE A QUARTER QUORUM PRESENT.

[1. Discussion about the fiscal year 2021-2022 proposed budget and tax rate. (Part 2 of 2)]

UH, WE'RE HANDLING THIS MEETING, UH, VIRTUALLY WE DO HAVE, UH, UH, FOUR MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL HERE ALSO, UM, UH, ON THE DAYS MANAGER, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO DIVE RIGHT INTO THE TOPICS THAT WERE OUTLINED BY OUR INTERIM BUDGET OFFICER.

AND SO, UH, IF CARRIE WOULD JUST, UH, REVIEW THE GAME PLAN, IF YOU WILL, FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND THEN WE'LL GO RIGHT INTO OUR FIRST TOPIC.

THANK YOU.

CITY MANAGER, CARRIE LANG, INTERIM BUDGET OFFICER.

UM, AND I'M SORRY, REAL QUICK.

UM, MAYOR YOU AND I HAD A CONVERSATION RECENTLY, UM, THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT TO PREFACE THE WHOLE DIALOGUE WITH YES, I WAS GOING TO ADDRESS THAT IN A SECOND, BUT HAPPY TO DO NOW, MAYOR PRO TEM WANTS EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT SHE'S PARTICIPATING IN THIS, UH, WATCHING THIS, UH, BUT AS DEALING WITH SOME PRETTY SIGNIFICANT PAIN, UH, ISSUES.

UH, SO, UM, VISUALLY IT'S GOING TO BE KIND OF LIMITED TODAY.

UH, BUT THOSE KINDS OF ISSUES, DON'T SLOW HER DOWN AT ALL, OR PEOPLE THAT DEAL WITH, UH, THOSE KINDS OF ISSUES.

AND WE APPRECIATE THAT AND THAT'S REAL IMPORTANT, BUT SHE'S GOING TO BE WITH US, UH, PARTICIPATING, EVEN IF WE DON'T, EVEN IF WE'RE NOT SEEING HER FOR A BIT, MAYOR PRO TEM, IF AT ANY POINT YOU WANT TO, TO DIVE BACK IN OR SPEAK OR ANYTHING ELSE, PLEASE JUST, THAT'S ALL.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GIVE PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCED CHRONIC PAIN, THE CLIMATE EXPERIENCE THAT THEY, UM, SHOULD THEY NEED TO BE RECOGNIZED.

THAT'S ALL.

ABSOLUTELY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WITH THAT, THEN

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HE WOULD PROCEED.

THANK YOU.

I THINK WE HAVE A PRESENTATION THAT IS THAT WE'RE READY TO PRESENT AS WE CONTINUE THE BUDGET DISCUSSIONS.

UM, LAST WEEK WE HEARD FROM COUNCIL AND, UM, THERE ARE SEVERAL TOPICS THAT WE WANT TO BRING FORTH WITH THE DIRECTORS OF THE DEPARTMENTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE WORK THROUGH TODAY AND THURSDAYS WORK SESSION.

THESE ARE THE TOPICS THAT WE, UM, WILL PLAN TO DISCUSS WITH COUNCIL AND GET MORE DIRECTION.

UM, THE AUSTIN CARES MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION, PROJECT, EMS, BUDGET ITEMS, COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAM, AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND DISPATCH EQUITY AND OPTIMIZATION EFFICIENCY STUDY THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT BUDGET AND AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION, BUDGET ITEMS. THOSE ARE THE ITEMS THAT WE BELIEVE WE'LL TRY TO GET THROUGH TODAY.

I KNOW THIS IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE, UM, UM, TIMELINE, IF NOT, WE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE SOME OF THOSE ITEMS TO THURSDAY'S MEETING.

AND SO WITH THAT, I WANT US TO JUST GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED AT THE, THE, UM, ANDY HOFFMEISTER.

WE'LL BEGIN WITH THE AUSTIN CARES MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION PROJECT, AND I BELIEVE HE'S AVAILABLE ONLINE.

YEAH, GOOD AFTERNOON.

AND THANK YOU, MS. LANG.

I APPRECIATE THE INTRODUCTION, UH, IF WE CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

YEAH.

UH, SO, UH, I'M ANNIE HOFFMEISTER.

I'M AN ASSISTANT CHIEF WITH, WITH AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY EMS. AND I AM WORKING WITH, UH, THE CITY'S KEY GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING INTRA VOCARE, APD AND EMS IN IMPLEMENTING THE, UM, THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE MEADOWS 2019 REPORT.

SO WE'VE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE MEADOWS GROUP, UH, TH THIS INFORMATION WE'RE JUST PROVIDING TO INFORM ANY, ANY, AND ALL DECISIONS THAT YOU, UH, YOU, YOU ARE GOING TO BE MAKING IN TERMS OF WHERE TO ALLOCATE FUNDS.

UH, WE'VE, WE'VE BEEN ASKED A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS THROUGH THIS ABOUT, UH, WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO CONTINUE IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND SO WE'RE JUST GOING TO SIMPLY PROVIDE THIS TO YOU AS, AS, UH, INFORMATION TO, TO CONSIDER AS YOU MOVE FORWARD THROUGH YOUR, THROUGH YOUR, UH, THROUGH THE BUDGET PROCESS.

OKAY.

SLIDE.

UM, SO IN, UH, SO FOR THIS PARTICULAR YEAR MOVING FORWARD IN THE NEXT BUDGET YEAR, UM, THERE, WE ASKED, UH, APD LEADERSHIP ABOUT WHAT IT MIGHT COST TO, EXCUSE ME, UH, WHAT IT MIGHT COST TO, UH, PROVIDE THE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING THAT'S BEEN DESIGNED OR BEING DESIGNED AND WILL BE IMPLEMENTED, UH, LATER THIS YEAR, UH, FOR ALL OF ITS NINE 11 OPERATORS.

AND, UM, THEY, UH, ESTIMATED WILL BE APPROXIMATELY $60,000.

AND THAT'LL, THAT'LL JUST BE IN OVERTIME COSTS TO BRING PEOPLE IN FOR THE ADDITIONAL TRAINING, UM, THEIR RECOMMENDATION, UH, FOR, UH, TO, TO BRING IN A CLINICIAN AND INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE NINE 11 PROCESS, THE CALL TAKING PROCESS SO THAT THEY CAN, UM, CAN ASSIST IN DEESCALATING A CALL WORKING THROUGH THE SITUATION WITH SOMEBODY THAT'S EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, UM, TO BRING, UH, UH, ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL IN AND TO INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE SYSTEM EVEN FURTHER, UH, WOULD REQUIRE SOME, UH, ONE-TIME COSTS TO RECONFIGURE THE NINE 11 OPERATIONS FLOOR A BIT, UH, SO THAT, UH, THE, THERE ARE APPROPRIATE WORKSTATIONS AND SUCH FOR THOSE CLINICIANS TO, UH, TO WORK, UH, AND PERFORM THEIR DUTIES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

I SPOKE WITH INTEGRAL CARE'S LEADERSHIP AND ASK THEM, UH, UNDERSTANDING THAT THE COUNCIL'S GOAL IS TO REACH A 100% DIVERSION OF MENTAL HEALTH CALLS THAT DON'T INVOLVE VIOLENCE OR WEAPONS, OR A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY, TAKE THOSE AND DIVERT THEM TO MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE RELATED RESOURCE.

UM, I ASKED THEM, I SAID, WHAT, WHAT WOULD IT TAKE, WHAT IS IT THAT THEY FEEL WOULD BE NECESSARY? AND THEY CAME BACK WITH, UH, APPROXIMATELY $7.3 MILLION.

NOW, OF COURSE, THAT WOULD BE PHASED IN OVER TIME, UH, HOWEVER, UM, TO GET IT, TO GET THE SYSTEM TO A POINT WHERE THE, UH, THE SYSTEM COULD POTENTIALLY APPROACH THAT 100%, UH, DIVERSION RATE.

UM, THIS IS WHAT THEY'RE THINKING.

THIS INCLUDES PERSONNEL COSTS AND SOME OVERHEAD COSTS, UH, AND SOME, UH, ONE-TIME CAPITAL COSTS AS WELL.

AND THEN THIS, UH, FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION, THIS IS RELATED TO THE RECOMMENDATION ABOUT, UM, ABOUT, UH, INFORMING AND PROVIDING TRAINING AND EDUCATION TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS RESPONSE SYSTEM AND, UH, IN THOSE AREAS THAT ARE IN MOST NEED OF IT.

AND, AND, UM, EXPERIENCED THE GREATEST NUMBER

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OF, OF ENCOUNTERS FOR THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE.

IT'S, IT WOULD TAKE APPROXIMATELY $5,000 FOR MATERIALS, DIFFERENT FEES THAT WE MAY NEED TO PAY FOR, FOR, UH, DIFFERENT OUTREACH MODALITIES, SUCH AS SOCIAL MEDIA OR NEWS, OR ANY OF THOSE THINGS, UH, AND TO, UH, PROVIDE SOME, UH, SOME NOMINAL FEE PAYMENT TO, UH, PARTNERS LIKE NAMI, UH, FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND, UM, AND THEIR HELP IN THIS MATTER.

SO, UH, THAT'S A SHORT LIST, UH, BUT I JUST WANTED TO PROVIDE YOU IN TERMS OF, UH, POTENTIAL INFORMATION THAT, THAT CAN HELP YOU.

UH, MAY I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS? MAY I GO AHEAD WITH QUESTIONS NOW? OKAY, GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

UH, AND IF YOU COULD TAKE US OFF THE BOARD AND LET US SEE THE COUNCIL AGAIN, PLEASE GO AHEAD AND PERFECT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO, UH, THANK YOU FOR PRESENTING THIS, UM, INFORMATION.

UH, I HAVE, I THINK IT'S JUST TWO QUESTIONS.

SO, UM, I'M GOING TO ASK THE OVERARCHING QUESTION FIRST, AND THEN I WANT TO DRILL DOWN ON THE QUESTION RELATED TO STAFFING.

SO MY FIRST QUESTION IS, UM, LAST, LAST BUDGET CYCLE LAST YEAR, WE DID INCREASE THE NUMBER OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PARAMEDICS.

UH, WE ALSO PUT OTHER INCREASES INTO THE BUDGET TO FULLY FUND THE, UH, AT THAT TIME TO FULLY FUND THE ALSTON CARES PROGRAM.

SO, UM, MY QUESTION TO YOU NOW IS, AND THIS MAY BE A BUDGET QUESTION FOR MS. LANG, BUT, UM, IS, ARE WE, IS, IS IT FUNDED AT THE SAME LEVEL IN THIS PROPOSED BUDGET AS LAST YEAR'S FUNDING? THAT'S QUESTION NUMBER ONE, AND THEN I'LL DO THAT.

SO CAN, CAN SOMEONE ANSWER THAT FOR ME? OH, WE DO.

WE HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF FUNDING WITH THE SAME NUMBER OF FTES AS WE APPROVED LAST YEAR.

UH, SO MY UNDERSTANDING IS, IS THAT THE COSTS FOR, AS THE SYSTEM IS RIGHT NOW TODAY, UH, WILL CARRY OVER.

I WOULD HAVE TO CONFIRM THAT WITH, UH, WITH THE BUDGET OFFICE AND, UM, MS. LANG MAY BE ABLE TO HELP NOW THESE FIGURES WOULD BE IN ADDITION TO, UM, SO LIKE FOR INSTANCE, THE DOLLARS FOR INTEGRAL CARE, THAT IS JUST SIMPLY TO GET IT TO A T TO TAKE WHAT WE HAVE NOW, PLUS THE 7.3, UM, 7.3 MILLION TO GET IT TO ITS FULL SCALE.

SO THAT 24 7, THOSE CALLS, YOU KNOW, THERE'S OVER.

I WOULD S I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY, JUST APD ALONE IS DISPATCHED OVER 50,000 CALLS OR A MENTAL HEALTH RELATED, UH, EMERGENCY A YEAR.

SO IT COULD BE ABLE TO GET THE VOLUME OF PERSONNEL TO DO THAT.

IT WOULD TAKE, UM, ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL IN THE FUTURE.

OKAY.

SO I HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, IT'S THAT THIS ISN'T A REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL, AND I'LL HAVE MORE DETAILED QUESTIONS THAT WE DON'T NEED TO GO INTO RIGHT NOW.

BUT THE REASON I'M ASKING THAT IS FIRST, BECAUSE WE SAID LAST YEAR THAT WE WERE FUNDING AT THE LEVEL WOULD GET US TO A HUNDRED PERCENT.

SO I WANT TO KNOW HOW THAT COMPARES TO LAST YEAR.

THE SECOND THING IS THAT WE JUST HAD A REALLY GREAT REPORT, UM, ON THE PROGRESS THAT FOLKS ARE MAKING, WHICH IS, UH, REALLY APPRECIATED.

UM, AND SO WE HAD SOME CONVERSATION THEN ABOUT THE FIVE RECOMMEND OF SIX RECOMMENDATIONS FROM US AND THE PROGRESS THAT WERE MADE ON THOSE.

SO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS REQUEST IN LIGHT OF THAT.

UM, AND I ALSO, I THOUGHT IT WAS THAT AT THAT TIME THAT WE WERE, THAT WE HAD THE MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS IN THE CALL CENTER, TWENTY FOUR SEVEN NOW, SO THIS, THE ADDITIONAL IS THIS IS THIS MONEY FOR, SO TALK, UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT THIS HIM CUT FIELD RESPONSES IS FOR TIME.

NEXT QUESTION, CAUSE THIS MAY BE WHAT IT'S FOR.

THERE WAS A RECOMMENDATION, UM, OUT OF THE AUSTIN CARES REPORT RECOMMENDATION, NUMBER FIVE, THAT WAS TALKING ABOUT, UM, INTEGRATION BETWEEN THE, UM, INTEGRATION BETWEEN THE APD CIT AND, UM, INTEGRAL CARE AND, UM, AND, UM, THE COMMUNITY CLINICS FOR THE FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY.

AND THAT RECOMMENDATION WAS THAT THERE NEEDED THERE.

UM, WE NEEDED TO, UH, DO MORE WORK ON, ON, UM, ON, UM, DURING THAT ENSURING THAT INTEGRATION WAS OCCURRING SO THAT THERE WAS FOLLOW UP IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WAS FOCUSED ON HEALTH CARE, AS OPPOSED TO, AS OPPOSED TO MENTAL HEALTH.

SO MY QUESTION IS THAT, UM, I'M, I'M WANTING TO UNDERSTAND IS, IS THE BUDGET WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US, UM, SUFFICIENT DEDICATE COMMUNITY HEALTH PARAMEDICS TO THIS OUTREACH AFTERWARDS.

OH, I'M SORRY.

GO AHEAD.

NO, YOU GO AHEAD.

SO THE 14

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POSITIONS WE WERE PROVIDED LAST YEAR, WE'RE STILL WORKING TO, TO FILL THOSE POSITIONS.

SO THAT'S PART OF THE REASON WHY YOU'RE NOT SEEING, UH, AN ADDITIONAL, ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ADDITIONAL CHP POSITIONS, BECAUSE WE WANT TO GET TO THE, WE WANT TO FILL THE POSITIONS THAT WE HAVE BUDGETED ALREADY, BUT THAT TIES INTO THE ONGOING STAFFING, UH, FOR DEPARTMENT WIDE NEEDS.

UH, AND SO THAT'S PART OF THE REASON WHY YOU'RE NOT SEEING ADDITIONAL POSITIONS.

NOW, IF IN A PERFECT WORLD, WE HAD ALL THOSE POSITIONS FILLED, THEN, THEN WE WOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE A MUCH BETTER SENSE AS TO, UH, HOW THE, THE, THE, UH, THE CHP, UH, NUMBERS ARE ABLE TO MEET THE DEMAND.

SO KIND OF A SUPPLY AND DEMAND THING.

UM, SO CERTAINLY I WOULD LIKE TO GET THOSE THERE THAT SHOULD BE ABLE TO PUT US AT A POINT WHERE WE CAN GET TO A LARGE PORTION OF THOSE PARTICULAR, UH, MENTAL HEALTH CALLS.

UM, BUT IT'S, IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY AT THIS PARTICULAR POINT WITH, YOU KNOW, OVER 50, SOME ODD THOUSAND CALLS, UM, IT WOULD TAKE A SMALL ARMY OF INDIVIDUALS.

IF WE WERE TO SAY TODAY, NOW PUTTING THOSE FOLKS OUT THERE, BEING ABLE TO GAUGE WHAT IT IS AND WHAT THOSE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES ARE, AND THEN FILL THOSE IN, IN COMING YEARS.

THAT MIGHT BE, UM, THAT THAT'S KIND OF THE APPROACH THAT WE'RE, WE'RE LOOKING AT HERE.

IF I CAN'T FILL THOSE POSITIONS RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF DEPARTMENT WIDE STAFFING NEEDS.

OKAY.

I THINK THIS IS A LONGER CONVERSATION THAT, UM, THAT I'LL FOLLOW UP ON.

UH, WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS BECAUSE LAST YEAR WE AUTHORIZED BOTH CLINICIANS TO SIT TO BE CALL-TAKERS.

I MEAN, TO, TO BE SUPPORT IN THE CALL CENTER AND THOUGHT THAT WE HAD, WE HAD AUTHORIZED ENOUGH POSITIONS TO HANDLE.

AND I THOUGHT THAT I HEARD WHEN WE HAD THE, UM, REPORT, THE ALSTON CARES REPORT THAT I THOUGHT I HEARD THAT WE NOW HAVE, WE'RE COVERED TWENTY FOUR SEVEN IN THE CALL CENTER.

SO I'M WANTING TO UNDERS GET THAT CLEAR.

AND THEN OF COURSE THE OTHER BIG AREA FOR, UM, FOR STAFFING IS THE FIELD-BASED AND THAT IS, UM, AND THAT'S ALSO FOLLOW-UP.

SO I'M WANTING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE, WHAT WE HAVE, BECAUSE I THOUGHT, OH, I'M ALSO WANTING TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE HAVE DEDICATED THAT WE GET DEDICATED, UM, COMMUNITY HEALTH, MEDICS TO THIS AUSTIN CARES PROGRAM.

I'M WANTING TO UNDERSTAND THAT ALL OF THAT WITHIN WHAT WE'VE ALREADY GOT AUTHORIZED.

UM, SO I'LL JUST FOLLOW UP ON THAT BECAUSE, UM, THE OTHER THING THAT CONCERNS ME, OR QUESTION I HAVE IS, UM, THE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING WAS RECOMMENDED LAST YEAR, AND WE JUST GOT, UH, WE JUST GOT A STATUS ON THAT.

SO I UNDERSTAND WHERE THAT IS, THE CURRICULUM IS BEING DEVELOPED AND THEN THE, UM, AND THEN THE TRAINING WILL OCCUR.

SO IS THIS 60,000 IN ADDITION TO WHAT'S IN THE BUDGET RIGHT NOW, OR IS IT WAS THE THINKING, IS THAT IT'LL BE TAKEN OUT OF, UM, OVERTIME? SO WE DON'T NEED, WE DON'T HAVE TO IDENTIFY AN ADDITIONAL 60,000, THE 60,000 WOULD BE TO BRING THOSE, TO BRING ALL CALL-TAKERS IN AND PUT THEM THROUGH THIS NEW TRAINING OR THE ENHANCED TRAINING THAT WE HAVE.

SO IT WOULD BE AN ADDITION.

AND JUST TO CLARIFY, TOO, THERE ARE MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS IN THE CALL CENTER, TWENTY FOUR SEVEN, THAT STARTED BACK IN MAY.

RIGHT.

BUT, UH, BUT THERE'S, THERE'S TWO OF THEM.

UH, AND SO OBVIOUSLY WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED CALLS COMING IN A DAY AND EACH CALL EACH CALL TAKING, YOU KNOW, SEVERAL MINUTES OR, OR LONGER, UM, YOU JUST DON'T HAVE THAT CAPACITY.

SO YOU'D NEED A WHOLE, A WHOLE GROUP OF PEOPLE AVAILABLE TO TAKE THE CALLS.

SO, SORRY, I DIDN'T, I APOLOGIZE.

I PROBABLY DIDN'T MAKE THAT CLEAR ENOUGH.

NO, THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

UM, ALL RIGHT, WELL THEN, UM, I'LL FOLLOW UP WITH THE SPECIFICS BECAUSE I'M WANTING TO UNDERSTAND, UH, SPECIFICALLY HOW THIS RIGHTS, UH, RELATES TO, UH, REGIONAL GOALS AND THE, AND THE CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD ON THE REPORT.

I THINK IT WAS LAST WEEK.

WE'RE EXPECTING TO GET MORE DATA ON WHERE WE'RE AT ON OUR GOALS IN ABOUT FIVE OR SIX WEEKS, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

SO FOLLOW UP WITH YOU.

OKAY.

JUST REAL QUICK, AS YOU MAY HAVE ANSWERED THIS IN THE NUMBERS THAT YOU GAVE, I JUST DIDN'T CATCH THEM.

THE 7.3 WAS WHAT YOU WERE SAYING WAS NECESSARY TO GET TO A HUNDRED PERCENT DIVERSION.

WHAT, HOW MANY CASES WOULD WE BE DIVERTING AT A HUNDRED PERCENT DIVERSION? UH, I WOULD HAVE TO LOOK AT THE EXACT NUMBERS, BUT I KNOW THAT APD ALONE RESPONDS TO OVER 50,000 CALLS.

NOW, EMS ALSO RESPONDS TO SOME OF THOSE.

WE RUN UPWARDS OF ABOUT 5,000 CALLS THAT ARE IDENTIFIED RIGHT AT DISPATCH.

UH, I WOULDN'T COMBINE THE TWO BECAUSE THERE IS OVERLAP.

BOTH AGENCIES DO RESPOND TO MANY OF THE SAME CALLS.

UH, SO, YOU KNOW, LET'S JUST SAY, YOU KNOW, 50 PLUS THOUSAND CALLS, UM, IT'S, UH,

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IT WOULD TAKE, UH, WE WOULD PROBABLY BE ABLE TO HIT.

UM, IT'D BE HARD TO SAY, BUT, YOU KNOW, MY GUESS IS, IS UPWARDS OF CLOSE TO 90% OR MORE.

THOSE ARE JUST THE CALLS THAT ARE DISPATCHED AS, UM, AS A PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCIES, MANY CALLS WE GET TO, YOU MAY NOT EVEN, UH, IT MAY BE CALLED IN SOMETHING ELSE, UH, AND OR REPORTED AS SOMETHING ELSE.

AND THEN WE GET THERE AND FIND THAT IT IS A AND OF THE 45,000 CALLS THAT WOULD REPRESENT A HUNDRED PERCENT OR 90% OF THAT.

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HOW MANY WE'RE HITTING, WE'RE GETTING NOW? UH, I'D HAVE TO GET THOSE NUMBERS FROM APD.

THAT'S PART OF, UH, PART OF THE DATA THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT, UM, THE VERY SMALL IMPLEMENTATION DONE, AND NOW WE'RE ABLE TO START MEASURING, BUT, UH, WHAT, UH, THEY'RE CAPTURING.

AND THE LAST QUESTION I HAVE IS IT SOUNDS LIKE SOME OF THE FUNDING THAT WE GAVE LAST YEAR, UH, HAS POSITIONED YOU, BUT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO ACTUALLY EXECUTE IT YET.

YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO HIRE FOR THE POSITIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN AUTHORIZED AND, AND, AND FUNDED, UH, HOW MANY, UH, POSITIONS DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT ARE AUTHORIZED AND FIND THAT, BUT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FILL YET, UH, AS IT RELATES TO CHP, THE, THOSE 14, UH, THE REST OF THE DEPARTMENT, THE REST OF THE DEPARTMENT, I WOULD, I WOULD DEFER TO CHIEF BROWN, UH, FOR THE EXACT NUMBER THERE.

UM, BUT FOR CHP AND THE POSITIONS THAT WE WOULD DEDICATE TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES OR RESPONSES, UH, WE HAVE 14 OPEN POSITIONS ON THAT PARTICULAR TEAM RIGHT NOW.

DO YOU HAVE A FEEL FOR WHAT PERCENTAGE WILL BE ABLE TO GET TO, IF YOU WERE TO FILL THOSE 14 POSITIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN FUNDED? UH, IT'S HARD.

IT WOULD BE A AT THIS POINT, JUST BECAUSE, UM, I CAN, I CAN TRY TO CALCULATE BASED ON WHAT AMBULANCE HOURS LOOK LIKE, BUT THESE CALLS ARE A BIT DIFFERENT, UM, AND INVOLVE A BIT MORE TIME.

SO, YOU KNOW, FOR EVERY ONE CALL A UNIT RUNS, UH, I WOULD HAVE TO CALCULATE THAT AND SEE, AND WE'RE, WE'RE WATCHING TO SEE WHAT THE TREND IS IN TERMS OF UNIT TASK, TIME, CHP, UNIT, TASK TIME FOR THESE CALLS.

UH, FIRST WE JUST HAVE TO GET THE SYSTEM AND THE PROCESSES DOWN SO THAT THEY CAN, UM, SO WE CAN BEGIN TO MEASURE THOSE.

GOT IT.

OKAY.

COUNCILOR BERBER, UH, KELLY, THANK YOU.

AND, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

I THINK THAT WE WERE KIND OF ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH EARLIER.

I HAPPENED TO WRITE DOWN SIMILAR QUESTIONS TO YOURS.

SO THANK YOU FOR RAISING THOSE.

IF I COULD BE INVOLVED IN YOUR LONGER CONVERSATION, I'D REALLY LIKE TO BE, BECAUSE I ACTUALLY SPENT TIME DOWN AT CTECH AND I LISTENED TO SOME OF THESE NINE 11, CALL-TAKERS TAKE THE CALLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH, AND IT WAS VERY INTRIGUING TO ME.

I LIKE THE PROCESS.

I REALLY BELIEVE IN IT.

IT'S DOING GREAT THINGS FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MORE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ONE JUST QUICK FOLLOW UP ONCE YOUR HEAD GUARD, JUST A SECOND TO GIVE SOME OTHER PEOPLE A CHANCE TO ASK SOME QUESTIONS.

I COULDN'T SEE ANY MORE HANDS UP, SO THAT'S OKAY.

BUT I, BUT I WOULD, I SEE THERE ARE A FEW THAT HAVE THEIR HANDS RAISED COUNCIL MEMBER, AUTHOR, THEN THE COUNSELOR FOR THIS.

SO, UM, THIS IS A QUESTION FOR STAFF AND I'M NOT SURE WHO'S THE BEST TO ANSWER IT.

UM, SO THERE'S A REQUEST FOR $300,000 FOR OPERATIONS FLOOR RECONFIGURATION ON SLIDE FOUR.

UM, PAGE ONE 17 OF THE BUDGET SAYS THAT THERE'S $300,000 FOR ONE-TIME FUNDING TO RECONFIGURE.

UM, CAN YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHETHER THIS 300,000 IS ADDITIONAL AND IF IT IS ADDITIONAL WHAT THE TWO POTS WOULD BE FUNDING? UH, CAN YOU, CAN YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION AGAIN? I'M SORRY.

IT WAS A BIT FRIGHTENED.

UM, SO IN TERMS OF THE POTENTIAL ENHANCEMENTS, ONE OF THE ITEMS IS FOR $300,000 FOR OUR NINE 11 OPERATIONS FOR RECONFIGURATION, UM, IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET ON PAGE ONE 17 AT SITES THAT THERE'S $300,000 IN THE BUDGET OF ONE TIME FUNDING TO RECONFIGURE, UM, THE CALL CENTER.

SO I WANTED TO UNDERSTAND IF THIS WAS $300,000 ADDITIONAL, OR IF THAT WAS ALREADY COVERED IN THE BUDGET.

AND IF IT WASN'T COVERED IN THE BUDGET, I WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT WAS COVERED.

I MIGHT HAVE TO DEFER TO, UM, ECM MARIANO, UH, OR, UH, AT BENIGNO TO DETERMINE IF THAT'S IN THE DOLLARS.

THIS WOULD BE, UH, UH, ADDITIONAL ONE-TIME FUNDING JUST TO MAKE THOSE, THOSE, UM, RENOVATIONS.

BUT, UH, I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S IN THE BUDGET ALREADY OR NOT.

SO IN CASE IT'S HELPFUL, PAGE ONE 17 SAYS IT'S TO ADD SIX NEW 9 1, 1 OPERATOR CONSOLES, AND TWO NEW DISPATCH CONSOLES THAT I WOULD HAVE TO CHECK BACK WITH APD ON THAT NUMBER.

THIS IS CARRIE LANG.

UM, THOSE ITEMS ARE FOR THE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT.

UM, AND SO I BELIEVE THE INCREASES THAT, UM, ASSISTANT CHIEF HOFFMEISTER IS ADDING IS REQUESTED IS ALL FOR ADDITIONS ON THE EMS SIDE.

AND SO THOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS THAT WE'LL BE LOOKING AT.

OKAY.

UM, IF WE CAN GET SOME INFORMATION ABOUT

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THE, I'M NOT SURE IF THE EMS IS IN THE SAME LOCATION, OR IF IT'S A DIFFERENT LOCATION WHERE THEY WOULD BE DOING THE, BECAUSE I THOUGHT THEY WERE ALL THE WHOLE POINT WAS TO HAVE THEM ON THE SAME FLOOR, SO CORRECT.

THEY ARE LOCATED ON THE SAME FLOOR, BUT THE, THE CONFIGURATIONS WERE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE, BECAUSE THE, HOW, THE, HOW THE CTECH IS SET UP AT THIS MOMENT, THEY HAVE DIFFERENT SECTIONS.

AND SO THAT CONFIGURATION WAS, WAS FOCUSED ON THE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER.

UM, THE, NOT THE OVERALL NINE 11 CENTER.

AND I BELIEVE WHAT, UM, CHIEF HOFFMEISTER IS, IS LOOKING AT IS SPECIFIC TO THE, UM, EMS SIDE OF THE HOUSE FOR COMMUTE, FOR RECONFIGURATION.

OKAY.

SO WOULD THERE THEN BE ANY ECONOMIES OF SCALE OF DOING THOSE TOGETHER SO THAT IT WOULD COST LESS THAN THAT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK AT AS WE'RE, AS WE'RE ADDRESSING BOTH SIDES AND BOTH REQUESTS.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

YES.

THANK YOU.

MY QUESTION IS ON THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION, YOU HAVE 5,000 PROPOSED FOR MATERIALS AND TO DO COMMUNITY-BASED OUTREACH.

AND THAT JUST SEEMS LIKE A LOW NUMBER, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE THINKING ABOUT PROVIDING MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION AND, YOU KNOW, TRANSLATION SERVICES ALONE, I THINK WOULD EXCEED 5,000 TO COVER ALL THE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES THAT WE HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND TO BE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY ENGAGE IN, COMMUNICATE TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE.

UM, SO I WANTED TO GET A SENSE OF IN, CAUSE I KNOW THESE ARE ADDITIONS TO THE PROPOSED BUDGET.

HOW MUCH DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE, OR WHAT'S THE, UM, UH, BUDGET LINE ITEM THAT YOU HAVE ALLOCATED FOR OUTREACH AND EDUCATION? SO CURRENTLY WITH THIS, UH, LAST YEAR, THERE WAS $25,000 ALLOCATED, UM, TOWARDS, UH, THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH.

AND I BELIEVE THAT WAS SET ASIDE FOR THAT SPECIFIC, UH, RECOMMENDATION, UM, THE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS, THE RECOMMENDATION STATES THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, HAVING THINGS LIKE WALLET CARDS OR ONE PAGE CAMP WALLETS, OR MAGNETS THAT CAN, THAT CAN BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE COURSE OF AN OFFICER, UM, OR AT DIFFERENT EVENTS, MAYBE THERE'S A HEALTH FAIR OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, BUT THEY CAN BE DISTRIBUTED.

SO A LOT OF IT WOULD JUST BE MATERIALS WE'VE ALREADY REVIEWED IN.

THE MATERIALS ARE JUST ABOUT, UM, JUST ABOUT COMPLETE, THEY'RE STILL FINISHING UP SOME WORK WITH NAMI AND, AND SOME OTHER REVIEWED BY THE TEAM.

UH, BUT THE RECOMMENDATION IS JUST STATING THAT, UH, HAVE THESE MATERIALS SO THAT THEY CAN KIND OF BE PASSED OUT, UM, WHEN WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.

SO IT WOULD BE KIND OF INSERTED INTO THE WORKFLOW OF, OF DIFFERENT, UM, EVENTS, RIGHT? SO, YOU KNOW, HEALTH FAIR, THOSE TYPES OF THINGS, THIS, THESE DOLLARS, ADDITIONAL DOLLARS WE WERE LOOKING AT MIGHT BE, UM, FOR THE SAME THING.

AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN, UH, WE CAN TAKE THIS INFORMATION AND PROVIDE IT TO, UH, RESOURCES LIKE OUR PIO GROWS AND IT CAN BE DISTRIBUTED, YOU KNOW, THROUGH, UH, THROUGH, YOU KNOW, SOCIAL MEDIA OR ANY OF THOSE THINGS.

SO THAT, UM, THERE ISN'T NECESSARILY AN OVERHEAD COST.

I MEAN, WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT NECESSARILY PURCHASING RADIO TIME OR ANY OF THOSE THINGS.

SO IT'D BE WRITTEN MATERIALS AND THEN BEING ABLE TO TAKE THIS INFORMATION AND PLUG IT INTO EXISTING, UH, OUTLETS THAT THE CITY ALREADY HAS ACCESS TO AND, UH, AND PUTTING IT UP THERE.

GOTCHA.

GOTCHA.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S HELPFUL.

SO CHIEF HOFFMEISTER, SORRY, I KNOW THAT WE'RE ASKING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE $7.3 MILLION, BUT I JUST WANT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND BECAUSE IN OUR PRESENTATION, UM, AND OUR PRESENTATIONS LAST YEAR, AND THEN OUR PRESENTATION WITH THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION MOST RECENTLY, IT'S STILL SEEMS UNCLEAR TO ME ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE LIMITING FACTOR TO GETTING TO MORE OF THESE CALLS IS STAFFING, OR IF IT IS PROCEDURE WITHIN NINE 11, THAT DIVERTS SUFFICIENT CALLS.

CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH THAT JUST BRIEFLY, ARE THE STAFF THAT WE HAVE HIRED FOR MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION SPENDING ALL OF THEIR TIME ALREADY RUNNING TO ALL OF THESE MENTAL HEALTH CALLS AND IT IS STAFFING THAT IS THE LIMITING FACTOR, OR IS IT THE PROCEDURE OF TRIAGING CALLS TO MENTAL HEALTH? SO I DON'T THINK SO.

I THINK IT'S, UH, I THINK THERE'S, THERE ARE, UH, UH, RESOURCE GAPS ON, IN BOTH ARENAS.

UH, I THINK THAT TO CAPTURE, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CALLS, I WOULD HAVE TO DEFER TO, TO APD AND THEIR LEADERSHIP, UH, AT THEIR COMMUNICATION CENTER TO DETERMINE EXACTLY HOW MANY CALLS PER DAY, WHERE ARE THOSE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES NOW OF THE CALLS.

AND RIGHT NOW, JUST SPEAKING ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS, UH, OF THOSE CALLS, WHEN SOMEONE CALLS NINE 11, THEY'RE GIVEN WHAT WE PROVIDED, UH, OR LABELED AS THE FOURTH OPTION, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, THAT CALL WOULD BE ROUTED TO AN AVAILABLE MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN, IF THEY'RE AVAILABLE

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AND IT'S APPROPRIATE, UH, ONCE THEY'RE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THAT CLINICIAN, THEN IF THAT CLINICIAN IS ABLE TO WORK THROUGH THE SITUATION, UH, THERE MAY BE A DIFFERENT DISPOSITION THAN SENDING OUT A, AN OFFICER.

NOW, IF IT IS DISPATCHED, UH, AND THERE IS A NEED FOR EMS I CAN SPEAK TO EMS IS, UH, STAFFING IN THE FIELD.

UM, AND WE HAVE, UH, I HAVE EIGHT FTES OR EIGHT POSITIONS DEDICATED TO MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS RESPONSE.

UM, TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THOSE POSITIONS STAFFED CONSISTENTLY, UM, KIND OF IS IT IS PART OF WHAT I HAVE TO WORK WITH, UH, CHIEF BROWN AND CHIEF GARDNER ON MAKING SURE, LIKE, IF WE NEED TO, IF WE'RE LOOKING AT AMBULANCE STAFFING AND WE NEED TO, TO STAFF AMBULANCES, WE MAY HAVE TO PULL THOSE RESOURCES TO STAFF AN AMBULANCE.

SO, UM, SO YES, WE HAVE HAD GAPS IN HAVING THOSE TWO UNITS AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CALLS.

NOW HAVING THE OTHER 14 POSITIONS, IF THEY WERE ALL FILLED IN A PERFECT WORLD, UH, RIGHT NOW WE'D BE ABLE TO DEPLOY MORE OF THEM EVEN DURING PEAK TIMES.

UM, SO THOSE, THOSE TWO UNITS THAT WE HAVE UP AND RUNNING RIGHT NOW ARE VERY BUSY WHEN, WHEN THEY ARE, UH, WHEN THEY'RE ON DUTY.

UM, ONE OF THEM HAS PARTNERED UP WITH A MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN, UM, AND THE OTHER ONE, UH, WILL RESPOND CORRESPOND WITH THE UNITS, BUT BOTH OF THEM ARE VERY BUSY WHEN THEY'RE ON DUTY.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER SAW RAY ARIANO ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER.

AND IN MORE SPECIFIC RESPONSE TO YOUR QUESTION ABOUT THE INTEGRAL CARES, UH, UH, ESTIMATE FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO REACH A HUNDRED PERCENT, UH, DIVERSION AGAIN, I'VE HAD A PRELIMINARY CONVERSATION WITH INTEGRAL CARE THAT STAFFING IS IN ORDER TO ALLOW THEM TO RESPOND TO ALL THE CALLS.

AND I THINK I'VE HEARD THE NUMBER LIKE 45,000 CALLS THAT MIGHT COME IN.

UH, AND SO WITHOUT ALLOWING THEM TO STACK UP, THEY NEED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND AND BE ABLE TO THEN DIVERT AS, AS APPROPRIATE THOSE CALLS.

AND SO YOU'D BE A HAPPY TO TAKE A BUDGET QUESTION, TO GET SOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THAT STAFFING MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

AND WHAT ARE THE, WHAT OTHER INFORMATION THAT THEY'RE USING IN ORDER TO PROJECT, UH, THOSE RESOURCES.

THIS IS HELPFUL BECAUSE, UH, CHIEF, YOU MENTIONED, YOU KNOW, IF AVAILABLE AND IF APPROPRIATE, IF APPROPRIATE SEEMS TO BE THE, THE TRIAGE AND INTAKE PROCESS THAT WE KNOW WE'RE ALL TRYING TO IMPROVE AND TO CONTINUE TO LEARN FROM AND WORK ON IF AVAIL THAT'S POLICY, WE CAN DO OUTSIDE OF THE BUDGET EVERY WEEK.

UM, BUT IF AVAILABLE IS THE RESOURCE QUESTION AND CHIEF, WHAT I'M UNDERSTANDING FROM YOU IS THAT ONCE YOU FILL THE 14 VACANT, BUT FUNDED POSITIONS, THAT YOU WILL HAVE A LOT, A LOT MORE OFTEN, THOSE FOLKS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

UM, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE HEARING FROM INTEGRAL CARE THAT THEY HAVE A, THAT EVEN IF WE STAFFED UP OUR OPERATIONS, THAT THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO ALL OF THOSE CALLS, RIGHT.

IN A TIMELY FASHION SO THAT THEY ALL GET DIVERTED, UH, APPROPRIATELY.

IT WOULD BE USEFUL TO, FOR US TO SUBMIT THAT QUESTION OR HOWEVER WE CAN MANAGE HER SO THAT WE UNDERSTAND HOW BUSY THEIR PEOPLE ARE.

AND, AND SO THAT AS WE CHANGE PROCEDURE, WE MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE BUSY ALL THE TIME, BECAUSE IT, SOMETIMES WE HEAR DIFFERENT STORIES ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT IS THAT WE ARE TRIAGING SUFFICIENT CALLS, OR IS IT THAT WE'RE TRIAGING SO MANY CALLS THAT WE CAN'T KEEP UP WITH THE CURRENT STAFFING? THE LAST THING I'LL SAY ON THIS POINT IS, YOU KNOW, AS WE COME UP WITH OUR BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR, IT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL MANAGER FOR US TO BE LOOKING AT, ARE THESE THINGS IN CONCERT, AS WE TAKE CALLS AWAY FROM NEEDING A POLICE RESPONSE, AND WE'RE HANDING THEM OVER TO OTHER RESPONSES, WE SHOULD BE TRACKING THAT SO THAT AS YOU PRESENT TO US AND AS COUNCIL DELIBERATES, WHICH FIRST RESPONDERS FROM OUR MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS TO HIRE, WE CAN BE HANDLING OUR CALL VOLUME RATHER THAN JUST DEPARTMENT BY DEPARTMENT.

SO IF WE CAN FIGURE THAT OUT AT A LOWER COST, WE'RE ABLE TO DIVERT THIS MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MENTAL HEALTH CALLS, AND THAT REDUCES THE NEED FOR X AMOUNTS OF POLICE OFFICERS, MAKING THAT EXPLICIT WITH THE COMMUNITY, I THINK WOULD BE, IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

I UNDERSTAND WHY THAT'S HARD RIGHT NOW IN THIS EARLY PROCESS, BUT THIS IS JUST A, A NOTE FOR, FOR NEXT YEAR.

THANK YOU ALL.

HOW'S HER KITCHEN.

UM, OKAY.

AND JUST TO JUST A QUICK FOLLOW-UP AND THANKS FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS, UM, UH, AND THANK YOU FOR THE RESPONSE.

I THINK THAT WAS HELPFUL.

UM, I, I AM, UH, I'M STILL CONFUSED ABOUT THE BUDGET AND I'LL FOLLOW UP AFTERWARDS.

UM, AND, UH, IT'S OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE.

ALSO WE'LL ASK BUDGET QUESTIONS, BUT WHAT I REALLY NEED TO UNDERSTAND, BECAUSE I'M HAVING TROUBLE RECONCILING THIS REQUEST WITH THE PRESENTATION THAT WAS MADE TO US LAST WEEK FROM AUSTIN CARES ABOUT AUSTIN CARES AND ABOUT THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE MADE AND THE GAP BETWEEN, UM, WHAT WAS IMPLEMENTED SO FAR AND WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE.

SO I'M HAVING

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TROUBLE RECONCILING THIS, ALSO RECONCILING THIS WITH WHAT WE PASSED LAST YEAR IN TERMS OF WHAT WE UNDERSTOOD WAS NEEDED.

SO ANYWAY, I JUST NEED TO DIG INTO THE DETAILS.

SO, UM, SO, UM, MR. ARIANO AND, AND ACM ARIANO, UM, WE'LL SET UP A MEETING, UM, I'M WANTING TO UNDERSTAND, AND WITH EVERYONE THAT NEEDS TO BE PART OF IT, I'M WANTING TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT IS NEEDED IN TERMS OF WHICH STAFFING.

UM, I'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE FUNDS THAT WE AUTHORIZED LAST YEAR FOR STAFFING.

I UNDERSTOOD, I UNDERSTAND THERE MAY HAVE BEEN DIFFICULTIES, UM, FILLING THOSE POSITIONS, BUT THE FUNDS WERE THERE.

AND I'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THAT IS, WHAT HAPPENED WITH THOSE FUNDS, UM, THE METRICS TO REACH IN A HUNDRED PERCENT, WE HEARD LAST WEEK THAT, UM, THERE'S A PLACE FOR ANALYZING THAT AND THAT WE WILL BE GETTING THAT DATA.

SO I WANT TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHEN AND BE ABLE TO ALIGN WHAT WE HEAR THERE, UH, WITH THIS BUDGET REQUEST.

UM, AND THEN I NEED TO UNDERSTAND BETTER EXACTLY WHAT THE 7.3 IS, IS GOING TO, UM, TO COVER IT.

WE JUST NEED TO GET A BIT MORE PRECISE HERE, YOU KNOW, IN TERMS OF WHAT'S NEEDED.

I THINK THAT THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST IN THIS PROGRAM AMONGST ALL OF US ON THE DICE.

AND ALL OF YOU WHO'VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD ON IT.

IT IS A PROVEN PROGRAM.

IT IS A, AS WE TALKED ABOUT LAST WEEK, IT IS PRECEDENT AT, IN NATIONWIDE.

UM, AND WE WANT TO BE FUNDING IT AT THE LEVEL THAT WILL GET US THE BEST RESULT, UM, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS WHAT WE WERE DOING LAST YEAR.

SO WE JUST NEED TO SEE WHERE WE'RE AT WITH THIS.

UM, SO THAT, THAT JUST KIND OF LAYS OUT THE THINGS THAT WE'D LIKE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT.

AND WE'LL SET UP, UH, A MEETING SUBMIT BUDGET REQUEST.

I KNOW EVERYBODY ELSE ON THE DIAS IS INTERESTED IN THIS ALSO, AND HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE.

SO, UH, SO THANK YOU.

WE ONLY HAVE 90 MINUTES LEFT AND A LOT OF ITEMS TO WORK THROUGH.

UM, SO IF YOU'RE READY, LET'S GO ONTO THE EMS. SURE, SURE.

CAN, CAN I MAKE ONE POINT OF CLARIFICATION IN REGARDS TO THE EMERGENCY CALM CENTERS? STAFF DID CLARIFY FOR ME THAT THAT 300,000 FOR THE EMERGENCY CON RECONFIGURATION IS FOR THE C3, WHICH WILL INCLUDE SPACE FOR INTEGRAL CARE.

SO THOSE, THAT 300,000 IT'S ALREADY IN PLACE, AND ONE TIME FUNDING FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 22 BUDGET.

NOW WE HAVE JASPER BROWN, CHIEF JASPER BROWN FOR EMS WHO WILL TALK ABOUT EMS BUDGET ITEMS. CARRIE, I JUST WANT TO CONFIRM, SO THE 300,000 HAS ALREADY CORRECT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR MAYOR PRO TEM COUNCIL, JASPER BROWN, INTERIM CHIEF, UH, FOR AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY EMS COULD PUT THE PRESENTATION UP.

SO TODAY I WAS JUST GOING TO DISCUSS SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD EITHER IN, UM, IN A BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, OUR ADVISORY BOARD, UM, EITHER TALKED ABOUT AT MANAGEMENT LEVEL OR, UM, UH, BROUGHT FORWARD BY OUR ASSOCIATION AND, UH, HAVE HAD COUNCIL, UH, QUESTIONS FROM COUNCIL ABOUT THESE ITEMS. SO GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE'LL CATCH UP HERE, SORRY FOR THE DELAY.

SO ONE OF THE DISCUSSIONS HAVE BEEN ABOUT ADDING 40 ADDITIONAL, UM, MEDICS, UH, TO STANDARDIZE OUR STAFFING LEVELS.

UH, CURRENTLY WHEN WE BRING ON A NEW STATION, WE WERE GONE FOR 12 FTES FOR EVERY STATION.

UH, WHEN I FIRST STARTED WITH THE DEPARTMENT 97, UH, THAT WAS, UH, ONLY BUDGETED EIGHT FTES PER STATION, UH, IN THE MID TWO THOUSANDS, THEY STARTED ASKING FOR 10 FTES PER STATION, AND WE STANDARDIZED THAT BACK IN 2010 OF, UH, ASKING FOR 12 FTES.

THE, UM, OUR CURRENT STAFFING HAS HAVE EIGHT PER STATION THAT COVERS THE SHIFT.

THAT'S THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT TO HAVE ON DUTY, UH, FOR THE SHIFT PATTERN, UH, THE ADDITIONAL MEDICS COVER SICK OJAI FEMLA MILITARY LEAVE ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BENEFIT LEAVE.

WE GIVE OUR PERSONNEL SICK, UM, VACATIONS AND PERSONAL HOLIDAYS AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS SO THAT WE DON'T INCUR AS MUCH OVERTIME.

SO THE 40 POSITIONS IS TO KIND OF STANDARDIZE THE STAFFING LEVELS FROM THOSE EARLY YEARS WHEN ONLY EIGHT OR 10 WERE REQUESTED.

AND OF COURSE THOSE SAME UNITS ARE STILL ON, ON DUTY AT THAT TIME.

SO THAT HAS BEEN THE DISCUSSION AGAIN IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT, UH, ARENAS, EITHER IN, LIKE I SAID, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS OR BY COUNCIL OR THE ASSOCIATION, UM, HMM.

THAT IS A, UH, COST FOR 3.2 MILLION.

BUT IF IT WERE TO BE PHASED IN OVER SOME PERIOD OF YEARS, EITHER FOR THAT COULD BE, UH, ABOUT 748,000, I BELIEVE IF IT WAS PHASED IN OVER FOUR YEARS, UH, FOR EVERY YEAR, UH, WE'RE ALL ALSO DISCUSSION POINTS OR SOME PROGRAM LEADERSHIP ENHANCEMENTS.

UM, I'LL FIRST TALK ABOUT THE DIVISION CHIEFS.

UH, CURRENTLY WE HAVE SIX DIVISION CHIEFS.

EACH ONE OF THE DIVISION CHIEFS HAS, IS CONSIDERED

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B OVER A SHIFT AND THAT'S 110 PERSONNEL THAT THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR AND EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS ON THE SHIFT, EACH ONE ALSO HAS ADDITIONAL DUTIES AS FAR AS COVERING SPECIAL EVENTS, UM, FLEET AND FACILITIES, UM, ALL THE DIFFERENT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES THAT OCCUR THE ADDITIONAL DIVISION CHIEFS WOULD, UH, UNDO THAT SPAN OF CONTROL AND MAKE IT MORE MANAGEABLE FOR THEM AND BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON PERSONNEL WHERE WE BELIEVE IT'D BE THE BIGGEST BANG IS TO, UH, SUPPORT OUR PERSONNEL IN THEIR NEEDS.

UH, AND THEN STILL HAVE ALL THE PROGRAM OVERSIGHT THAT IS NECESSARY IN THOSE OTHER AREAS.

ESPECIALLY SINCE WE'RE BRINGING ON TRIAGE TREATMENT AND TRANSPORT, THE T3 PROGRAM, UH, CHIEF HOFFMEISTER JUST TALKED ABOUT SOME OF OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH STUFF THAT'S GOING ON, AND WE'RE DOING ALL THIS WITH THE CURRENT CONFIGURATION THAT WE HAD FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS, OUR COMMUNICATIONS COMMANDERS, WE PULLED THOSE OFF THE CONSOLE AND BE ABLE TO, TO, UH, DO PROGRAM FUNCTIONS SUCH AS OUR QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND, UM, ALSO, UM, TRAINING.

SO THEY'RE BEING REMOVED FROM THE FLOOR TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS AND THE, UM, DISCUSSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ABOUT BRINGING THOSE POSITIONS BACK SO THAT WE COULD PUT THEM BACK ON THE FLOOR.

SO, UM, PERSONNEL DON'T HAVE TO REPLACE THEM.

AND THEN THAT REMOVES CALL TAKING FROM THE FLOOR ABILITY, THE ASSISTANT CHIEF POSITION, UM, IS IN CURRENTLY IN A RECLASS OF VACATION AND YOUR ORDINANCE THAT'S BEFORE YOU.

AND THAT WOULD BE BEFORE YOU ON AUGUST 11TH.

UM, WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE ONE OF THE TWO OPEN COMMAND POSITIONS THAT I CURRENTLY HAVE WITHIN MY ORGANIZATION AND RECLASS THAT UP TO AN ASSISTANT CHIEF.

UH, WE WOULD DO THAT INTERNALLY WITH OUR CURRENT BUDGET.

THERE'D BE NO COST FOR THAT, BUT IT IS A CHANGE IN THE CLASSIFICATION ORDINANCE AND IT IS CURRENTLY IN YOUR BACKUP MATERIAL AS SUCH.

UM, SO, UM, THE OTHER POSITIONS AND ALL THAT IS ABOUT 759,000.

I DON'T HAVE MY GLASSES ON, BUT THAT'S WHAT IT, UH, I BELIEVE IT IS OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD THERE.

UM, OUR COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND INJURY PREVENTION INVESTMENT IS IN A COMMANDER POSITION AND A CLINICAL SPECIALIST.

UH, WE CURRENTLY HAVE A CAPTAIN AND A CLINICAL SPECIALIST IN THAT AREA, AND THESE ARE THE FOLKS THAT GO OUT AND DO, UH, CAR SEAT INSTALLATION CHECKS, UM, HOME, SENIOR HOME, FALL VISITS, UM, UH, SAFE BABY ACADEMY, A LOT OF, UH, IN THE COMMUNITY PREVENTION, WHICH THEN REDUCES THE NEED FOR NINE 11, UM, BECAUSE OF THE PREVENTION EFFORTS THAT ARE DONE.

SO WHEN WE REALLY WANT TO, UM, MAKE A CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY, WE REALLY HAVE TO INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY AND THAT'S BY DOING, UH, THESE INJURY PREVENTION TYPE PROGRAMS. UH, THOSE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE HIGHLIGHTS.

THERE'S MANY MORE CPR TRAINING, UM, AND, AND ALL THAT IS DONE BY THIS FOLKS.

AND SO, UH, LOOKING FOR, UH, ADDITIONAL STAFF IN THAT AREA, BECAUSE THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, THESE LAST TWO ITEMS REALLY CAME AS A RESULT OF THIS, UH, SHOOTING ON SIXTH STREET.

UH, NO THERE'S BEEN A REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL AND THOSE TYPE THINGS, UM, THROUGH THE ASSOCIATION.

BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS TO LOOK AT SOME, UH, ADDITIONAL TRAINING, UH, THAT WOULD COME IN NEXT YEAR FOR OUR STAFF, UM, SO THAT WE CAN, ALL OUR STAFF CAN RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO THE, UH, ACTIVE ATTACKER TYPE TRAINING SCENARIO.

UH, WE'VE ALREADY HAVE SOME TRAIN THE TRAINERS IN PLACE SO WE CAN DO IT INTERNALLY.

WE DON'T HAVE TO SEND, UH, PERSONNEL OFF.

THERE ARE SOME OTHER TYPES OF TRAINING.

THAT'S MULTIPLE DAYS THAT WE STILL WOULD SEND DOWN TO SAN MARCUS, UM, TO THE TEXAS STATE, UH, TRAINING DOWN THERE.

AND THEN THERE'S AN UPGRADED, BALLISTIC VEST EQUIPMENT FOR OUR PERSONNEL, CURRENTLY, ALL OUR PERSONNEL CARRIER LEVEL TO BALLISTIC VEST.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT A LEVEL THREE, A, UM, THE DIFFERENCE REALLY IS SMALL ARMS FIRE VERSUS WHAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A, UM, A RIFLE TYPE OF, OF AMMUNITIONS, LIKE A 5, 5, 6 OR 7, 6, 2 ROUND, WHICH IS THE, UH, SIMILAR TO WHAT'S USED IN THE AR 15 STYLE WEAPONS.

AND THAT HAS BEEN SEEN IN, IN, UH, MULTIPLE ATTACKS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

THOSE WOULD BE ONE-TIME COST.

I KNOW, UH, UH, QUESTION FROM COUNCIL TO ME HAS BEEN, IF WE UPGRADE BALLISTIC VEX, WOULD THESE BE SPECIALIZED FOR, UM, FEMALE PERSONNEL? AND THEY WOULD IN THIS AMOUNT, UM, IF WE, UH, HAVE LESS DOLLARS TO SPEND, THEN WE HAVE TO DO MORE GENERIC TYPE OF VESTS, UM, WHICH MAY NOT FIT AS WELL, BUT THEY STILL PROVIDE PROTECTION, BUT THEY'RE NOT AS COMFORTABLE FOR THEIR FEMALE EMPLOYEES.

SO WE'D REALLY LIKE TO BE ABLE TO CUSTOM FIT FOR THOSE.

UM, SO NEXT SLIDES, REALLY ANY QUESTIONS AND I'LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.

YES, MA'AM ASSAULTED.

I KNOW YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY SEE SOME OF US.

OKAY.

I THINK I CAN SEE EVERYBODY, UH, ON THE STREET ARM DOUBLING UP ON THREE SCREENS HERE.

LET'S GO TO COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER THE COUNCIL MEMBER.

ALICE, THANK YOU.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, AND I THINK, UH, CHIEF BROWN FOR ANSWERING A LOT OF QUESTIONS, UM, IN ADVANCE OF THIS, TO HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON.

I WANT TO, FIRST OF ALL, CALL MY COLLEAGUES ATTENTION TO MESSAGE BOARD POSTS THAT I POSTED, UM, LAST WEEK.

UM, SO UNFORTUNATELY THE LOOP 360 STATIONS, CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE DUE TO SOME UTILITY WORK IS GOING TO BE EXTENDED.

UM, IT WON'T BE OPERATIONAL

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UNTIL THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, UM, AND THAT FREES UP SOME ONE-TIME MONEY, UM, FOR EMS AND FIRE.

AND I WANT TO FLAG, UM, HERE, AT LEAST THE PIECE THAT I'M PROPOSING WOULD BE DEPLOYED FOR THE ONE-TIME COSTS, UM, THAT CHIEF BROWN IS RECOMMENDING.

UM, SO IT WOULD BE FOR THE ACTIVE ATTACKER TRAINING AND SOME PORTION OF THE BALLISTIC VEST.

IT WOULD NOT COVER THE FULL, UM, MILLION, TWO THAT'S INVOLVED, BUT WOULD PROBABLY BE CLOSER TO 800,000 ROUGHLY SPEAKING.

UM, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THAT FUNDING REMAIN IN EMS AND THEN RESPECTIVELY IN FIRE.

UM, AND I THINK THIS ADDRESSES AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY ONE-TIME COST, UM, THAT EMS HAS IDENTIFIED WOULD BE A USEFUL AS WELL AS THE, UM, ASSOCIATION THAT WOULD BE AN IMPORTANT INVESTMENT.

UM, SO I WANTED TO FLAG THAT.

UM, AND THEN I WANTED TO DIVE DOWN A LITTLE BIT INTO, UM, THE POSITIONS AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE THE VACANCIES, ET CETERA.

CAN YOU GIVE US A SENSE OF, UM, HOW MANY VACANT POSITIONS YOU HAVE AT THIS POINT IN TIME AND THE TIMELINE FOR FILLING THOSE POSITIONS? YES, MA'AM.

I KNOW THERE WAS A QUESTION EARLIER CHIEF HOFFMEISTER, SO, UH, WE HAVE 115 VACANCIES CURRENTLY IN THE DEPARTMENT.

UM, YOU COUNSEL AT IS 67 OF THOSE POSITIONS.

THIS FISCAL YEAR, MANY OF THEM ONLY BECAME BUDGETED OR AVAILABLE STARTING IN JANUARY, THEN APRIL, AND THEN THE LAST 24 BECAME AVAILABLE TO US IN JUNE AND JULY.

SO, UM, THAT'S KIND OF THE TOTAL NUMBER NOW AS WE HAVE 115 VACANCIES, BUT AGAIN, SOME OF THOSE WE WEREN'T ABLE TO HIRE OR PROMOTE OR MOVE ANYBODY INTO JUST TILL RECENTLY, UH, COVID DID SLOW US DOWN IN OUR, UM, UH, ACADEMIES.

WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO HAVE 20% ACADEMIES DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKING AND SOME OTHER REQUIREMENTS THAT WERE AT THE TIME.

UM, WE'VE SINCE, UH, UM, MOVED PAST THAT CHALLENGE.

WE'RE A BIGGER SPACE.

WE HAVE A STILL ABLE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE AND WE'RE ABLE TO GET 30, UM, OR MORE, UH, WE ACTUALLY HAVE AN ACADEMY THAT STARTED LAST WEEK.

WE'RE IN WEEK TWO OF OUR ACADEMY WITH 33 PERSONNEL.

UH, THEY'LL GRADUATE OCTOBER 8TH, AND THOSE WILL FILL 33 OF THESE EXISTING HUNDRED AND 15 VACANCIES.

UM, I'VE JUST RECENTLY CHALLENGED MY STAFF TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO MOVE UP OUR TIMELINES, EITHER ON HIRING OR ACADEMY.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE HIRING PROCESSES, BOTH GOING FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND FIELD, UM, AND, UH, WITH A PLAN CURRENT ACADEMY OF JANUARY, BUT WE'RE REALLY CHALLENGING OUR STAFF TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO CHANGE THAT TIMELINE, UH, AND MOVE THAT UP TO BRING PEOPLE IN SOONER, UM, BECAUSE, UH, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO FILL VACANCIES AND THAT'S THE ONLY WAY TO DO IS HIRE.

AND WE HAVE PLENTY OF APPLICANTS COMING IN AND FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

UH, SO, UM, WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR NEXT ACADEMY OF HAVING 30 PLUS, WHICH WILL THEN REDUCE THAT GAP FURTHER.

THANK YOU, CHIEF.

UM, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO SPEED UP THE ACADEMY AND, AND, AND, UM, FIND WAYS TO DO THAT.

BUT I THINK AS A COUNCIL, WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS BUDGET, WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT IF WE PROVIDE MORE POSITIONS IN THIS YEAR'S BUDGET, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO FILL THEM THIS YEAR.

SO IT MIGHT NOT BE THE MOST, UM, THE WISEST INVESTMENT AT THIS POINT, BUT WE DO NEED TO PLAN MOVING FORWARD SO THAT WE HAVE THE IN PLACE, UM, AND THE RESOURCES IN PLACE TO, TO LEVEL UP TO WHERE WE WANT TO BE, AS SOON AS WE GET OUT OF THIS KIND OF WEIRD PERIOD OF THE PANDEMIC, WHICH HOPEFULLY WE'LL, WE'LL GET OUT OF.

UM, SO I WANT TO JUST FLAG FOR MY COLLEAGUES, UM, WHAT I'M BEEN WORKING ON, UM, WHICH WOULD BE THIS, HAVING A STAFFING PLAN TO LEVEL UP TO THE 12 POSITIONS OVER A SERIES OF YEARS.

UM, I'M NOT SURE IF THAT WILL BE SIMPLY A BUDGET WRITER OR A RESOLUTION, AND IT MAY BE SOME COMBINATION AT THIS POINT.

I KIND OF FEEL LIKE IT WILL BE A BUDGET WRITER FOLLOWED BY A MORE FORMAL RESOLUTION AT THE, THE AUGUST, UM, COUNCIL MEETING.

UM, BUT I THINK THAT WE CAN, HOWEVER, TRY IF WE CAN FIND THE FUNDING IN OUR BUDGET TO PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP REQUESTS, UM, WE'VE ADDED SOMETHING LIKE 180 POSITIONS TO EMS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS WITHOUT ADDING COMMAND STAFF.

UM, AND I KNOW THAT IT'S A CHALLENGE WITH A FIVE PERSON OFFICE.

I'M SURE THAT IT'S REALLY CHALLENGING WITH COVID AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS TO MANAGE ON THAT, THAT LEADERSHIP, UM, OPERA, THOSE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE FUNCTIONING EVERY YEAR.

MS. SO AS WE'RE LOOKING FOR FUNDING, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US TRY TO DELIVER ON THE REQUESTS THAT CHIEF, UM, HAS ASKED FOR WITH RESPECT TO THE ASSISTANT CHIEF DIVISION CHIEFS AND COMMUNICATION COMMANDERS.

UM, FINALLY I WANT TO SAY THAT I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A FUNDING PATH TO DO THIS, WHICH WE WILL DISCUSS THIS AFTERNOON AND THE DISPATCH EQUITY

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AND OPTIMIZATION STUDY.

THERE'S AT LEAST THREE DIFFERENT PATHS FOR FUNDING THAT CAN BE EXPLORED.

I'M NOT SURE WHETHER WE'LL BE ABLE TO WRAP THOSE UP WITHIN THE TIMEFRAME OF THE BUDGET, BUT I THINK THEY COULD BE WRAPPED UP, UM, VERY LATE THIS FISCAL YEAR, VERY EARLY NEXT FISCAL YEAR WITH A BUDGET AMENDMENT.

IF WE CAN'T DO IT THIS TIME, I THINK THERE'S A PORTION OF IT THAT WE CAN AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS TIME.

BUT MY HOPE IS THAT WE CAN DO THAT.

AND I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE MOST LOGICAL PATH TO PROVIDE THAT DIRECTION.

I'M WORKING ON THAT AS PART OF THAT, ALTHOUGH I THINK IT WOULD BE THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS.

I WANT TO JUST ALSO FLAG MY AMENDMENTS THAT WILL BE RELATED TO THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER TO IMPLEMENT PHASE TWO, UM, WHICH PROVIDES US THE PHYSICIAN CAPACITY.

AND WE CAN HIRE THE FOLKS FOR THOSE POSITIONS.

EVEN BY DECEMBER.

THERE ARE APPLICANTS WHO WANT TO DO THAT.

UM, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WE CAN HIRE, THOSE POSITIONS CAN BE FILLED AND THAT MEDICAL SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED TO EMS AND FIRE IN THEIR MEDICAL CAPACITY.

AND THEN FINALLY RELATED TO THAT IS WE CAN ALSO HIRE MORE PARAMEDIC PRACTITIONERS WHO ARE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, WHO COME IN AND THAT EASES THE BURDEN ON EMS. WE HAVE APPLICANTS, WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT.

WE HAVE FEES IN OUR SCHEDULE THAT ARE INCREASING.

UM, I THINK WE SHOULD ACCELERATE THAT PROGRAM, WHICH YOU MAY RECALL.

WE, UM, INITIATED LAST YEAR WITH THE OSIMO, UM, CHANGES, BUT THEN ALSO WITH THE RESOLUTION I PUT FORWARD.

UM, SO THERE'S A BUNCH OF THINGS THAT I'M WORKING ON PULLING TOGETHER, UM, WANTED TO KIND OF FLAG THOSE.

AND I WELCOME THE CITY MANAGER, UM, HAVING A DISCUSSION WITH YOU, HOW BEST TO DO THAT, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE SEND A SIGNAL TO OUR COMMUNITY AND PARTICULARLY TO OUR MEDICS, THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES AND WE HAVE A PATH FORWARD.

UM, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO DO IT IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER.

UM, AND WE'RE GOING TO GET A LOT OF INFORMATION EITHER TODAY OR ON THURSDAY FROM THE DISPATCH EQUITY STUDY.

THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE THERE, BUT THERE'S ALSO A LOT OF REVENUE TO BE HAD.

SO I'D LIKE TO SEE US PUSH ON IT.

YEAH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UM, I DO APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT, UH, MY COLLEAGUE COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR HAS BEEN DIGGING INTO THIS.

UM, I THINK THAT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE GET OUR STATIONS UP TO, UM, 12 STAFF PER STATION.

UM, SO I'M EXCITED TO SEE US LOOKING FOR A