Supervisor Cox Seeks to Duplicate Pay for Success Nationwide Model in Region
County Supervisor Greg Cox tomorrow is launching a major initiative to involve private philanthropists in funding programs that improve the health and well-being of San Diegans. Supervisor Cox is seeking to replicate the achievements of Pay for Success models, a growing national movement that seeks privately-funded, creative solution to help people overcome challenges, while minimizing financial risks to taxpayers.
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday will vote on a proposal from Supervisor Cox and Supervisor Ron Roberts to have County staff develop and evaluate Pay for Success for potential County programs. “We’re always looking to do what we can to be more efficient and effective in improving the lives of children and families,” said Cox. “We owe it to San Diegans to see if we can develop Pay for Success programs in our region.”
Pay for Success models have been used in New York to reduce youth and adult criminal recidivism and in Utah to expand early education. A program in Massachusetts seeks to support workforce development and a Fresno County project is helping reduce asthma related health care costs. The State legislature recently created the Social Innovation Financing Program to support counties by awarding grants for adopting Pay for Success models. Technical assistance is being offered by the White House and tomorrow’s vote would put the County in a competitive position to receive federal resources for the local effort.