CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2002 |
Ventura County law enforcement officers have fatally shot 32 suspects in the last decade, with more than half the cases involving a mentally ill person, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday. With the elimination of mental health facilities--including the 1997 closure of Camarillo State Hospital--incidents involving mentally ill suspects will continue to rise, the panel concluded.
September 1, 2001 |
Recent surveys show that the most hated person on the planet isn't Saddam Hussein or any other likely suspect. No, the most reviled individual in the world is the Guy Who Just Sat in Front of You at the Movie Theater. You know him, right? Pass him on the street and you wouldn't say he's tall. But then he eases down into the seat and becomes a paragon of posture, as if his Marine sergeant mother might be doing spot checks at any given moment.
November 1, 1999
As a crisis response counselor, I was pleased to see the article "Post-Crisis Therapy: Is It for Everyone?" (Aug. 23). However, as it did not differentiate between crisis intervention and post-crisis therapy, it might be helpful to explain crisis intervention. The goal of crisis intervention is to assist victims in the immediate moments after the incident to mobilize their own strengths, resources and support systems in order for them to get through the crisis. In some cases, individuals do not have a personal support system and are unaware of community resources available to them.
August 23, 1999 |
Julie Lynn, a camp counselor who heroically guided 15 children to safety during the recent shooting rampage at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, has had trouble sleeping for something she wasn't able to do amid the chaos. In a split second, Lynn had to choose between helping a fellow counselor who had run into the room, shot and bleeding, or rushing the children out of the building. She grabbed the kids.
March 6, 1997 |
When the police, the firefighters, the paramedics, the coroner have left, they stay on. Their job: to provide emotional first aid to families in the first few hours after a tragedy. They are TIP (Trauma Intervention Programs) volunteers. They were there in December after five siblings, all 10 or younger, perished in a fire that engulfed a garage in Watts where they were sleeping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1995 |
For all the help it gives, Ventura County's most far-ranging and influential social service agency seems impossibly small. Yet with only six offices and a full-time staff of 63, Interface Children, Family Services of Ventura County has managed to touch the lives of one in seven county residents in the past fiscal year.