Long Beach, CA
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File #: 15-0252    Version: 1 Name: DHHS - Violent Death Reporting System
Type: Contract Status: CCIS
File created: 3/6/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/24/2015 Final action: 3/24/2015
Title: Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and any subsequent amendments, between the City of Long Beach and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health for collaboration on the Violent Death Reporting System (VDRS). (Citywide)
Sponsors: Health and Human Services
Indexes: Memorandum of Understanding
Attachments: 1. 032415-C-6sr.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and any subsequent amendments, between the City of Long Beach and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health for collaboration on the Violent Death Reporting System (VDRS). (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
The VDRS is a unique surveillance system which links data sources, including death certificates, coroner data, and law enforcement data, to provide detailed circumstance data for violent deaths such as suicides, homicides, unintentional firearm deaths, and undetermined deaths. These data are necessary to inform the development of violence prevention and intervention efforts countywide, and supports the City’s Violence Prevention Plan goals and objectives.

The purpose of the MOU is to establish the terms and conditions in which the activities and responsibilities between the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) and the City of Long Beach will be provided in regards to participation in the Violent Death Reporting System (VDRS). The agreement also describes data access, data entry procedures, and the responsibility for sharing the resulting data between City of Long Beach and LAC DPH.

Under the terms of the MOU, the City of Long Beach and LAC DPH will collaborate on data analysis and report writing. LAC DPH will have “view only” access to Long Beach data, and the City of Long Beach will retain the right to withhold information on particular cases. The term of the MOU will begin upon execution of this agreement and will expire five years after the date of execution of this agreement.

This matter was reviewed by Deputy City Attorney Linda Vu on February 26, 2015 and by Budget Management Officer Victoria Bell on March 3, 2015.

TIMING CONSIDERATIONS
City Council action is requested on March 24, 2015, in order to execute the agreement and implement the terms of the MOU.

FISCAL IMPACT
The Health Department will use existing st...

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