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September 22, 1992 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to reports that a record number of mentally ill inmates are filling Los Angeles County's jails, an official task force has recommended the creation of 24-hour psychiatric emergency response teams to serve central Los Angeles, officials said Monday. The response teams, composed of police officers and psychiatric nurses, would respond with police and direct mentally ill people to clinics and hospitals, said Cynthia Telles, who chairs the county's Incarcerated Mentally Ill Task Force.
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September 22, 1992 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to reports that a record number of mentally ill inmates are filling Los Angeles County's jails, an official task force has recommended the creation of 24-hour psychiatric emergency response teams to serve central Los Angeles, officials said Monday. The response teams, composed of police officers and psychiatric nurses, would respond with police and direct mentally ill people to clinics and hospitals, said Cynthia Telles, who chairs the county's Incarcerated Mentally Ill Task Force.
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November 24, 1994
The Los Angeles County Mental Health Department has agreed to a contract with two Westside family health services to expand programs for adolescents with serious mental health problems. Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services and Hathaway Children's Services were allocated a total of $450,000 to implement a two-year, countywide program to increase quality home-based services for young people with mental problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1989
State officials said that they will recommend an audit of the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department because of reports that the department has requested funds for programs that may be shut down. Officials from the state auditor general's office said Thursday that an outside review of the department is needed because previous internal audits have failed to answer questions about discrepancies in the department's budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
The head of Los Angeles County's Mental Health Department said he plans to convene a committee of patients, advocates and researchers to draw up policies regulating medical tests on severely disabled people in county care. Another county committee earlier this month lifted a four-year ban on such procedures.
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September 3, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
An Antelope Valley woman accused of running up $120,000 in calls made to psychic hotlines was sentenced to 30 days in county jail and five years of probation Thursday. Cheryl Burnham, 39, who worked for the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department, was also ordered to pay $97,972 in restitution to the county by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor. Burnham pleaded guilty to making 2,500 calls to various psychic hotlines between June 1997 and November 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987
I would like to commend Fleming for his deep and caring involvement for the welfare of the mentally ill among the homeless. I am pleased to say I was touched and personally moved from the article's sensitive touch. I happen to have the misfortune of having a schizophrenic brother. I see him bounce back and forth from one rehabilitation center to the next. In between, he's living on the streets. I completely agree with Fleming that there is a definite need to remove the mentally ill from the streets and give them the proper care they need.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1999
I regret that you chose to counterbalance your strong Dec. 20 editorial endorsement of the Thomson-Perata bill ("Redefining Mental Illness") by publishing "Surgeon General's Report Is Laudable but Misleading" (Commentary, Dec. 20). It is the author of that piece who misleads through his misunderstanding of the relationship between neural processes in the brain and the psychosocial processes involved in development and psychotherapy. A decade and more of focusing on the brain has decidedly not led to "forgetting the human context that shapes the mind."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1986
Supervisor Schabarum is justified in his concern about sex offenders, although we have better controls than "castration." In 1982 the Legislature abolished the mentally disordered sex offender statutes after great public pressure. Most people did not know the facts and were seeking simplistic solutions to a complex problem. The Judicially Committed Persons Program in Los Angeles County Mental Health Department did treat and continues to treat all types of mentally disordered sex offenders with particular success.
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December 5, 1991 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Diego County's mental health director Wednesday accepted an appointment to head Los Angeles County's beleaguered mental health system. Areta Crowell, who worked for nearly two decades in the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department before becoming San Diego's mental health director in 1988, will take the $120,000-a-year post in late January, Chief Administrative Officer Richard B. Dixon said.
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December 5, 1991 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Diego County's mental health director on Wednesday accepted an appointment to head Los Angeles County's beleaguered mental health system. Areta Crowell, who worked for nearly two decades in the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department before becoming San Diego's mental health director in 1988, will take the $120,000-a-year post in late January, Chief Administrative Officer Richard B. Dixon said.
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