PONTIAC, Michigan -- Ten Oakland County government programs were named 2011 Achievement Award winners by the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Winners were notified in a letter sent this month from NACo Executive Director Larry Naake. They will be recognized on July 17 during the NACo’s 2011 Annual Conference in Multnomah County, Ore. In the 22 years Oakland County has submitted programs for consideration, it has received 183 awards. This year’s winners represent 30 states and 94 counties.
"These NACo awards won by Oakland County government underscore our continued commitment of leadership through innovation," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "I congratulate all of the winners for their fine work."
The Department of Information Technology won awards for seven of its programs:
- Advance Payment System for Local Municipalities: Designed to accept payment for any type of bill or fee collected by local governments
- E-Health Mobile: Allows users to take geographic information systems into the field to collect and update data in real time to speed up permitting and inspections
- Facilities Management Campus Energy Map: Provides awareness of the energy levels for county-owned facilities
- Mobile Touch: Allows for touch screen navigation and browsing of the county’s public web site
- NetVolunteers: A technology-based community outreach program that allows trained volunteers to perform citizen-to-citizen customer service
- Parks Network Expansion: Expands the county OakNet network to remote areas of Oakland County Parks
- Services Registration: Information Technology and the Health Division have a web-based services registration portal to allow residents to sign up for a variety of health-related services.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for its Jail Alliance with Support (JAWS) diversion program for inmates with mental illness.
The Health Division won for its program, Perinatal High Risk Case Finding, which established a partnership with three busy WIC (Women, Infants and Children) clinics to establish relationships between public health nurses and high risk clients to reduce poor birth outcomes.
Children's Village was recognized for its Life Experiences for Youth Placed in Residential Treatment Programs, a 10-week program in which village residents help nurture and train abandoned dogs from the Oakland County Animal Shelter for placement with new owners.
The Achievement Award Program recognizes counties for improving the management of and services provided by county government. Since the program’s inception in 1970, it has honored hundreds of county government initiatives that have improved service delivery, achieved greater cost efficiency, improved customer service and helped to develop a better-trained work force.