November 24, 2017

Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Meetings
October 17, 2017
December 19, 2017
March 20, 2018
June 19, 2018

Executive Committee Meetings

September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 8, 2018
June 12, 2018

Risk Management Meetings
January 10, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 7, 2018
April 4, 2018
May 2, 2018
June 6, 2018

Workshops

LCW Trainings
January 24, 2018
May 3, 2018
September 13, 2018

Workers' Compensation Workshops
November 7, 2017 - Organized WC and Group Healthcare Fraud
January 30, 2018
May 1, 2018

Others
November 15, 2017 -
Brown Act and CPRA Training

About Us   
About Us

History of Our Organization

The Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority (VCSSFA) was formed by the Public School Districts in Ventura County in 1982 as a State-Regulated Public Entity under Title 1, Division 7, Chapter 5, Article 1, of the California Government Code.

Prior to 1982, there were two separate Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs); one for Workers' Compensation and one for Liability and Property. The formation of these two JPA's by the local educational agencies of Ventura County was a direct result of the inability of the public school districts to purchase specific insurance coverages and/or the absence of affordable insurance coverages in the commercial market. The two JPAs were merged by their member districts in 1982 to form the VCSSFA. It was believed that the formation of the VCSSFA would:

  • Provide broader coverages at lower costs than commercial insurance because JPAs are not driven by profit. Member contributions are driven only by the members' claims experience and risk exposures. JPAs also cost less to operate - their overhead expenses are lower than a commercial insurance industry.
  • Allow member districts to control claims by utilizing professional claims administrators and implement strict litigation management protocols;
  • Provide greater resources and effort toward Risk Management and Safety Services to assist members in their reduction of losses and related costs.

Prior to 1986, the administration of the VCSSFA was under the auspices of Ventura County Superintendent of Schools (currently named Ventura County Office of Education). In 1986, the VCSSFA's Board of Directors voted to separate the VCSSFA from the VCSSO and established the VCSSFA as a separate public entity with direct responsibility to the VCSSFA Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Our Purpose

The VCSSFA was established for the sole purpose of providing to its member school districts services and other programs necessary and appropriate for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of self-funded insurance programs to include, but not limited to: Workers' Compensation, General Liability, Auto Liability, Public Officials' Errors and Omissions, Property, Broiler & Machinery, Fiduciary Liability, and Risk Management and Safety Services relating to the aforementioned areas.

The VCSSFA is one of the best kept secrets within the educational community in Ventura County. The VCSSFA deals with liability and property issues that would otherwise confound and potentially do irreparable harm to school districts. The VCSSFA has a statewide reputation for excellence and ethical practices.

It is important to understand that the VCSSFA is not a commercial insurance company. It is a group of school districts that have decided to self-fund their collective insurance coverages, in accordance with a risk sharing arrangement, as they understand best what suits their local public educational needs.

Operations

The VCSSFA is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of one Representative and one Alternate for each Member school district. The Board of Directors meets four time a year to approve the budget, plan offerings, expenditures, and to oversee the operations of the organization. A seven-member Executive Committee is elected from and by the Board at its annual meeting in June. The Executive Committee meets once a month or more often when necessary, and develops recommendations to the VCSSFA Board regarding the function and operation of the JPA.

The day-to-day administration is overseen by the Executive Director, with six additional employees, including a Director of Risk Management that provides Member districts with day-to-day client service, counsel and information regarding safety and liability concerns, as well as the coordination and administration of safety inspections throughout the county.

The VCSSFA also has a Risk Management Committee (RMC) which meets on a monthly basis. The RMC discusses and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding Safety and Risk Management issues facing the Member districts.

As a Public Agency, VCSSFA is subject to and operates under the open meeting laws and the noticing provisions of the Brown Act. With the exception of its noticed Closed Sessions, all Board, Executive Committee, and RMC meetings are open to all members of the public.

In addition, VCSSFA has an annual review of its accounts and records by an independent, Certified Public Accountant; audited financial statements; and annually has all its Board and Alternate members file a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700) with the State Fair Political Practices Commission.

Communications

Each Member District appoints a representative and alternate to the Board of Directors. The Board has established the practice and directed VCSSFA staff to observe the following communication protocols:

  • All official communications from VCSSFA will be sent only to the VCSSFA Board Members. The Members will then be responsible for disseminating the information to his/her District.
  • Any official communication from the Member Districts will come through the Member's designated VCSSFA representative, as they have been appointed by the district's Superintendent and district's Board President to be the legal and fiduciary representative to VCSSFA.


Member Districts

Board of Directors & Executive Committee

Overview of Programs

Staff

Governing Documents
Establishing Agreement
Bylaws

VCSSFA Meetings

Agendas

Meeting Schedule
Minutes

Workshops

Risk Management Committee
Protocols
Risk Management Committee Contact List
Meeting Schedule
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Minutes


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