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February 22, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State health authorities launched a comprehensive investigation this month of a private psychiatric hospital in east Hollywood after three male patients in their 30s died within five weeks. The state found "major systems problems" at 61-bed Edgemont Hospital while looking into the deaths, then got federal authorization for a full-scale probe into whether the hospital meets standards for government-funded insurance programs, said Brenda Klutz.
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February 22, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State health authorities launched a comprehensive investigation this month of a private psychiatric hospital in east Hollywood after three male patients in their 30s died within five weeks. The state found "major systems problems" at 61-bed Edgemont Hospital while looking into the deaths, then got federal authorization for a full-scale probe into whether the hospital meets standards for government-funded insurance programs, said Brenda Klutz.
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August 15, 1995 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The furor over Los Angeles County's proposed dismantling of its mental health network escalated Monday, with hospital administrators, lawmakers and patients condemning the decision as shortsighted and dangerous.
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August 15, 1995 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The furor over Los Angeles County's proposed dismantling of its mental health network escalated Monday, with hospital administrators, lawmakers and patients condemning the decision as shortsighted and dangerous.
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April 27, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
When she volunteered to hear cases for the unpopular and decidedly unglamorous county Mental Health Department after six years on the appellate bench, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Florence Bernstein had a twofold mission. She wanted to immerse herself in what she describes as a "large, troubled area of the law with a great deal of convulsion and movement." And, after having a job that was "all paper, no people," she says, "I wanted to get back to people."
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November 27, 1990
In response to two Times articles, "Report on Child Abuse Finds Agencies Deluged" and "County Delays Cutting Mental Health Funding Amid Pleas for Services" (Nov. 14): Mental health funds should not be reduced! Los Angeles County must see the correlation between mental illness, the abuser and the effect on the abused. Yes, children addicted to drugs or alcohol do need protection and therapy. Yes, government agencies should communicate with one another about individual cases. We need the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to serve children, families and adults.
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May 21, 1992
A toll-free mental health hot line has been established to help people who have experienced psychological distress because of the recent civil unrest and fires. Professional staff with expertise on matters including working with distressed children, adolescents, older adults and ethnic groups, will handle calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This service is offered without charge by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The number is (800) 854-7771.
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August 29, 1985
The San Antonio Mental Health Clinic, operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, has expanded its services to include individual, group and family therapy for children ages 4 to 13. The clinic, which also serves residents in Bell, Cudahy, Downey, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate and Vernon, has hired a Spanish-speaking child therapist and child psychologist, social worker Dolores Ramos said.
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February 25, 1988
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health will use a $582,000 private grant to identify mentally ill people facing jail sentences and divert them from incarceration into mental health and support services. The grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Mental Health Services Program, the nation's largest health care philanthropy, will serve 2,000 city residents with chronic mental illness, according to foundation officials.
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November 23, 1996 | DADE HAYES
The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center Inc. will hold an open house Sunday to celebrate its new, larger facility, which will house three of the center's existing programs. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Arleta Crowell, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, are expected to speak at the event, which is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. at 14545 Sherman Circle.
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April 27, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
When she volunteered to hear cases for the unpopular and decidedly unglamorous county Mental Health Department after six years on the appellate bench, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Florence Bernstein had a twofold mission. She wanted to immerse herself in what she describes as a "large, troubled area of the law with a great deal of convulsion and movement." And, after having a job that was "all paper, no people," she says, "I wanted to get back to people."
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October 31, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Citing poor supervision at a West Hills psychiatric hospital where two teenage patients were assaulted, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is planning to strip the private facility of its ability to treat some patients, officials said Wednesday. Under such a mandate, Pine Grove Hospital would lose its ability to detain and treat mentally ill patients admitted involuntarily, said David Meyer, the agency's chief deputy director.
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