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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Warned that the merger of social and mental health services could result in the loss of millions of dollars, Ventura County supervisors voted Tuesday to put the county's top administrator in charge of the controversial reorganization. The decision marks the latest chapter in the short but tumultuous history of the Human Services Agency, which one supervisor has characterized as an exercise in empire building rather than a move to better serve the public--an accusation that others strongly rebut.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three health clinics that were at risk of closing because of county budget cuts will be spared, thanks to money on its way from state lawmakers, Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford said Friday. An increase in reimbursement rates from Medi-Cal, the state's health program for the poor, means Ventura County's public hospital and its clinic system will have at least $1 million in new revenue, Hufford said.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. - With suicides in the Army reaching another record in 2012, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday he is reviewing recommendations from a study of soldier behavioral health evaluations and intends to adopt mental health “resilience” training for all soldiers. McHugh said he was not ready to announce the results of the behavioral health review - launched after several troubled soldiers at the Madigan Army Medical Center here complained that their post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses were downgraded by a forensic psychiatric team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura County supervisors fired Behavioral Health Department Director David Gudeman on Tuesday, culminating months of growing criticism over his leadership of the mental health division of the county Health Care Agency. Board Chairman John Flynn announced the 4-0 decision after a closed session. Gudeman, 43, had led the department for three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Weeks after an internal investigation was launched into Ventura County's failed mental health superagency, Behavioral Health Department Director Stephen G. Kaplan--a vociferous advocate of the merged agency that could cost the county millions of dollars--has been placed on an extended leave of absence. "Effective immediately, managers who previously reported to Mr. Kaplan will report directly to me until further notice," Health Care Agency Director Pierre Durand wrote in a Jan.
BUSINESS
October 25, 1990 | LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Travelers Corp. said Wednesday that it intends to buy U.S. Behavioral Health of Emeryville, a provider of managed mental health and substance abuse services for employers and insurers. Travelers, a Hartford, Conn.-based insurer, said the acquisition will strengthen its ability to help customers control the cost of mental health and substance abuse benefits. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and negotiation of a definitive purchase agreement, Travelers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1999 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County has, for years, systematically shifted millions of dollars earmarked for mental health services to the county's health agency, supporting critics' claims that money is being siphoned away to run the county's public hospital, records show. Some of the transfers came from a special trust fund designed to treat the mentally ill. Together with two other fiscal practices that channeled money away from the mental health agency, as much as $4 million each year was shifted, critics say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Warning that Ventura County stands to lose millions of dollars, an expert hired to oversee the creation of a new superagency is recommending that county leaders do more homework before implementing the plan. In a memo to the Board of Supervisors, consultant David P. Henninger advises that the move to meld the Public Social Services Agency with the Behavioral Health Department should be at least partly postponed until it can be studied in detail.
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