Merced County Launches Community-Based Web Site for Probation Services
January 31, 2008
Network of Care
MERCED, Calif. – Merced County has introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with probation services. The Network of Care for Probation Services is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of probation services.
The Network of Care project (www.networkofcare.org) was begun with an innovation grant from the State of California. This community’s Network of Care for Probation Services, developed in partnership with the Merced County Probation Department, is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with probation issues, the Network of Care for Probation Services ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.
The Network of Care for Probation Services provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all of the probation-services providers in Merced County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about probation issues, pending legislation and online interactive forms, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning probation and criminal justice.
To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.
Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.
Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Probation Services and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence, and the Network of Care for Public Health.