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Sobering Center December 9, 2020 Board Meeting

Sobering Center December 9, 2020 Board Meeting

by | Dec 4, 2020 | Announcements, Board and Other Meetings



December 9, 2020 5:00 P.M.

Sobering Center

1213 Sabine Street, Austin, TX 78701




Chair:           Jana Ortega                                          Vice-Chair:      Christopher Ziebell
Secretary:     Council Member Kathie Tovo               Treasurer:        Liz Boston
Past Chair:   Vacant

Director:       Doug Smith
Director:       Vacant
Director:       Paulette Blanc
Director:       Rick Ybarra
Director:       Jessica Palvino
Director:       Commissioner Margaret Gomez
Director:       Lynn Sherman

Ex-Officio:   Travis County Judge Andy Brown (designee: Roger Jefferies)
Ex-Officio:   Austin City Manager, Spencer Cronk (designee: Asst. City Manager Rey Arellano)
Ex-Officio:   Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley (designee: Asst. Chief Joseph Chacon)
Ex-Officio:   Austin Chief of EMS Ernesto Rodriguez (designee: Asst. Chief Jasper Brown)
Ex-Officio:   Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden
Ex-Officio:   Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez


The Sobering Center serving Austin Travis County also known as the Sobriety Center, created and organized by the City of Austin and Travis County as a local government corporation pursuant to Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 431, will convene a public meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 by Zoom telephonic and videoconference. To join the meeting:

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  1. Call to order.
  2. General Citizen/Public Communication.

Citizens intending to speak must sign up with the Sobering Center by 4:30 p.m. the day of scheduled meeting. Registration can be completed by emailing Citizen communication on agenda related action items will be allowed after an item’s presentation has been made. Each speaker will be given a designated amount of time to speak set by the board chair. Non-agenda related citizen communication will take place before discussion of the first agenda item.

  1. Approval of minutes for November 18, 2020 board meeting.
  2. Staff Spotlight
  • Nadia McNeeley (SBIRT Counselor)
  1. Presentation and approval of Treasurer’s Report.
  2. Update on board vacancies.
  3. Executive Director Report

Community Engagement

  • Brand Awareness and Marketing
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Safe Sobering Services
  1. Committee Update:
  • Executive Committee/Board Chair update:
  • Governance Committee: (Chair – Jessica Palvino)
  • Finance Committee: (Chair – Liz Boston)
  • Development Committee: (Chair – Secretary CM Tovo)


Board Meeting:  Next regular meeting is February 10, 2021 by Zoom video conference.


The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. For assistance, please call 512-974-3256 or 512-974-2445 TDD. A person may request a Spanish language interpreter be made available by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 512-974-2194 no later than twelve hours before the scheduled time of the item on which the person wishes to speak.