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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1998
Advocates for the mentally ill were shocked by the Board of Supervisors' 3 to 2 decision to merge mental health with welfare and create a new Human Services Agency on April 7. The supervisors hired the consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche to study the issue. The firm raised serious questions about Medicare / Medi-Cal reimbursement and the possible loss of millions of dollars if the license were moved from the Health Care Agency. As a result of that study the county [chief] administrative officer recommended that mental health care remain under the Health Care Agency.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2002
In the past, I have written some letters to the editor citing the total nonperformance, noninterest of Supervisor [Judy] Mikels, except when it furthers her needs (as in redistricting). We in Somis tried in vain to remove ourselves from her district, only to find she had maneuvered the largest slice of the pie for herself, which included an even larger portion of Somis. She has been absolutely no friend to farmland or to the citizens under her domain. We would like to register a loud go for John Lane for supervisor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991
The Ventura County Mental Health Department has bowed to pressure from neighbors who do not want mentally ill people renting in their neighborhood. The department has reportedly agreed to increase its staff visitation of a Thousand Oaks rental for recovering persons from one weekly visit to daily visits of two or more hours, and to park a county vehicle outside the home to let residents know that a counselor is present. This is a violation of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 which extends to disabled people the same rights to privacy and freedom in matters of housing that other citizens enjoy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2000
Re "$12 Million in Cuts Needed to Balance Budget," May 20. The proposed $2-million cut in services to the seriously mentally ill is outrageous--more so if one considers county policy from the early 1990s until recently, when the county fraudulently billed Medicare / Medi-Cal and routinely transferred mental health realignment (tax) dollars to other departments for other uses. The chief administrative officer justifies the $2-million cut as a payback for costs of the failed merger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1999
Re Ventura County's system of mental health care. If anything is to be learned from the turmoil of the past two years, it is the value of an open process, nondefensiveness and the reporting of honest facts. From its inception, legislation for the Ventura Model promised more than the system delivered. Yet it was characterized and promoted as highly successful. The money attached to it made it sacrosanct. Critics were maligned as "adversarial" or "rabble-rousers." Yet they were the heartbeat of the system, taking distress calls from other families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2000
Re "$12 Million in Cuts Needed to Balance Budget," May 20. The proposed $2-million cut in services to the seriously mentally ill is outrageous--more so if one considers county policy from the early 1990s until recently, when the county fraudulently billed Medicare / Medi-Cal and routinely transferred mental health realignment (tax) dollars to other departments for other uses. The chief administrative officer justifies the $2-million cut as a payback for costs of the failed merger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1992
The death of Velasta Johnson is indeed a shocking tragedy ("Escapee From Hospital Held in Fatal Stabbing of Woman," Jan. 18). Those in various kinds of contact with the accused, Kevin Kolodziej, must feel, rightly or wrongly, the burden and weight of, "If only . . . " And it could be said that if any one of those people had acted differently, her death may have been prevented. However, the real culprit in this tragedy is the law and the interpretation of the law that makes dangerousness almost the only grounds on which a mentally ill person may be hospitalized and treated involuntarily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2002
In the past, I have written some letters to the editor citing the total nonperformance, noninterest of Supervisor [Judy] Mikels, except when it furthers her needs (as in redistricting). We in Somis tried in vain to remove ourselves from her district, only to find she had maneuvered the largest slice of the pie for herself, which included an even larger portion of Somis. She has been absolutely no friend to farmland or to the citizens under her domain. We would like to register a loud go for John Lane for supervisor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1992 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kevin Kolodziej was sane when he fatally stabbed a 90-year-old Ventura woman in January, a Ventura County judge ruled Friday. Although Kolodziej has a history of mental illness, Superior Court Judge James M. McNally said his attorneys had failed to satisfy the law's stringent requirements for an insanity defense. Specifically, the judge said, they had not shown that Kolodziej was incapable of telling right from wrong when he killed Velasta Johnson. "The court does determine that Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1992 | LARRY SPEER
A panel of mental health professionals will speak in Ventura tonight with people who live in the neighborhood where a 90-year-old woman was fatally stabbed in January, allegedly by a mentally ill man. Organizers hope that the panel discussion will help area residents come to terms with their feelings and fears about the mentally ill since the incident, said Irene King, president of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1999
Re Ventura County's system of mental health care. If anything is to be learned from the turmoil of the past two years, it is the value of an open process, nondefensiveness and the reporting of honest facts. From its inception, legislation for the Ventura Model promised more than the system delivered. Yet it was characterized and promoted as highly successful. The money attached to it made it sacrosanct. Critics were maligned as "adversarial" or "rabble-rousers." Yet they were the heartbeat of the system, taking distress calls from other families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1998
Advocates for the mentally ill were shocked by the Board of Supervisors' 3 to 2 decision to merge mental health with welfare and create a new Human Services Agency on April 7. The supervisors hired the consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche to study the issue. The firm raised serious questions about Medicare / Medi-Cal reimbursement and the possible loss of millions of dollars if the license were moved from the Health Care Agency. As a result of that study the county [chief] administrative officer recommended that mental health care remain under the Health Care Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1992 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kevin Kolodziej was sane when he fatally stabbed a 90-year-old Ventura woman in January, a Ventura County judge ruled Friday. Although Kolodziej has a history of mental illness, Superior Court Judge James M. McNally said his attorneys had failed to satisfy the law's stringent requirements for an insanity defense. Specifically, the judge said, they had not shown that Kolodziej was incapable of telling right from wrong when he killed Velasta Johnson. "The court does determine that Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1992
The death of Velasta Johnson is indeed a shocking tragedy ("Escapee From Hospital Held in Fatal Stabbing of Woman," Jan. 18). Those in various kinds of contact with the accused, Kevin Kolodziej, must feel, rightly or wrongly, the burden and weight of, "If only . . . " And it could be said that if any one of those people had acted differently, her death may have been prevented. However, the real culprit in this tragedy is the law and the interpretation of the law that makes dangerousness almost the only grounds on which a mentally ill person may be hospitalized and treated involuntarily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991
The Ventura County Mental Health Department has bowed to pressure from neighbors who do not want mentally ill people renting in their neighborhood. The department has reportedly agreed to increase its staff visitation of a Thousand Oaks rental for recovering persons from one weekly visit to daily visits of two or more hours, and to park a county vehicle outside the home to let residents know that a counselor is present. This is a violation of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 which extends to disabled people the same rights to privacy and freedom in matters of housing that other citizens enjoy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1992
One could sense the loss and grief Jackie Thetford feels for her mother in her letter to the editor of Oct. 30 ("Keep Killer in Prison"). Perhaps it was this pain that caused her to misinterpret the actions of members of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI) at the trial of her mother's killer, Kevin Kolodziej. The prosecution repeatedly portrayed Kolodziej as a loser, less than a bum, with a history of substance abuse. This brought forth quiet gasps of disbelief but no derisive "laughter" as Jackie mistakenly believed.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
Nancy Wilson's concert at the Wiltern Theatre on Saturday had the loose and easy feeling of an evening among old friends. Looking slim and svelte, constantly reaching out to her receptive audience, she ranged back and forth between rocking rhythm tunes and stretched-out jazz ballads. Among the best were her readings of songs such as "Lover" and "A Song for You," in which her warm and husky sound was on prominent display.
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