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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1999
Re "Behavioral Health Director Put on Leave," Feb. 4. Stephen Kaplan, the director of behavioral health for Ventura County, is one of the finest mental health professionals and administrators I have known in my 25 years in the field. To see him made a scapegoat by Supervisor Frank Schillo and Pierre Durand is heartbreaking. Other mental health staff feel the same but cannot speak out because they fear the same thing might happen to them. There are two or more sides to this issue and the public, through the press, is only getting one. The same applies to Supervisor Susan Lacey, always an advocate for the best possible treatment for the mentally ill. The merger was an honest attempt to provide better treatment for those with major mental illness and / or chemical dependency.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000
Supervisor Kathy Long follows the lead of Susan Lacey and deserves to be swept out of office. The merger of mental health services with the welfare department was spawned by Lacey and her cohort Randy Feltman to benefit disgruntled top-level employees in the Mental Health Department who did not want to work for Health Care Agency director Pierre Durand. Durand is an administrator whose aim is to use tax dollars efficiently to provide maximum services to the poor, not to build a bureaucracy of support.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1999
Re "Behavioral Health Unit Threatened with Funds Cut," Feb. 27. [State] Sen. Cathie Wright's threat would put at risk the care and treatment of disabled people who had no part in the failed merger of Ventura County's mental health and social services agencies. And it ignores the illegalities that must be corrected to prevent a catastrophic loss of federal funds. The Ventura Model for community care needs local and state public scrutiny. For too long, all criticism was considered heresy and met with open hostility, not only by Steve Kaplan but by Randy Feltman before him. It was first funded in 1989-90 with a yearly state grant of almost $4 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1999
Re "Behavioral Health Unit Threatened with Funds Cut," Feb. 27. [State] Sen. Cathie Wright's threat would put at risk the care and treatment of disabled people who had no part in the failed merger of Ventura County's mental health and social services agencies. And it ignores the illegalities that must be corrected to prevent a catastrophic loss of federal funds. The Ventura Model for community care needs local and state public scrutiny. For too long, all criticism was considered heresy and met with open hostility, not only by Steve Kaplan but by Randy Feltman before him. It was first funded in 1989-90 with a yearly state grant of almost $4 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000
Supervisor Kathy Long follows the lead of Susan Lacey and deserves to be swept out of office. The merger of mental health services with the welfare department was spawned by Lacey and her cohort Randy Feltman to benefit disgruntled top-level employees in the Mental Health Department who did not want to work for Health Care Agency director Pierre Durand. Durand is an administrator whose aim is to use tax dollars efficiently to provide maximum services to the poor, not to build a bureaucracy of support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1992
Clyde Reynolds, Director, Turning Point Foundation, which runs a center for the mentally ill in Ventura The first problem I see is that all the people with mental illness cannot be lumped into one category. People will need different settings to live in, depending on the degree of their disability. Anyone who is capable of living in the community in normal housing should be able to do so. People should be given a chance to live as independently as possible. The real concern I have--and I think the Fair Housing Act addressed that--is that even if a person has a mental disability, he or she should be afforded all the rights that any other citizen has to fair housing.
NEWS
June 15, 1989 | STEVE CHAWKINS, Times Staff Writer
A $16-million state grant to Ventura County will dramatically change the way services are delivered to severely mentally ill adults and might serve as a model for other California counties, officials said this week. The grant, $4 million for each of the next four years, will pave the way for a restructuring of the Ventura County Mental Health Department. It will increase the strapped department's funds for adult care by 50% and allow the hiring of an additional 77 staff members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1990 | MAJA RADEVICH
Local experts will lead a public forum on child abuse today that will be taped and aired on community television next week. After a screening of the documentary "Child of Rage: A Story of Abuse" at 7:30 p.m. at the Oxnard Community Center, a panel of experts in law enforcement, social services and mental health will discuss what can be done to prevent abuse in Ventura County. Questions will be taken taken from the audience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1990 | DARYL KELLEY
The County Board of Supervisors has rejected a proposal by Supervisor John K. Flynn to earmark $600,000 for construction of a community center and administration building at a proposed housing complex for mentally ill homeless people near Camarillo. Flynn argued that the county's $600,000 would be the final piece of a complicated local, state and federal funding package that needs to be approved soon. Construction bids for the Lewis Road project must be requested by August or about $3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1998
Re "Protect the Mentally Ill," editorial, Sept. 27. The mentally ill are powerless. Treatment and services continue to diminish year after year. The recent merger of Behavioral Mental Health with the Public Social Services Agency is a clear example of how the mentally ill are being misused for political reasons. The rationale for the merger to stop the diversion of mental health funds to Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) is absurd. This practice had been going on for many years even under former Mental Health Director Randy Feltman, and the county supervisors knew about it. Advocates for the mentally ill resent such practice, and now that Dr. Pierre Durand has been successful in getting the VCMC out of the red, the advocates want to stop this practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1999
Re "Behavioral Health Director Put on Leave," Feb. 4. Stephen Kaplan, the director of behavioral health for Ventura County, is one of the finest mental health professionals and administrators I have known in my 25 years in the field. To see him made a scapegoat by Supervisor Frank Schillo and Pierre Durand is heartbreaking. Other mental health staff feel the same but cannot speak out because they fear the same thing might happen to them. There are two or more sides to this issue and the public, through the press, is only getting one. The same applies to Supervisor Susan Lacey, always an advocate for the best possible treatment for the mentally ill. The merger was an honest attempt to provide better treatment for those with major mental illness and / or chemical dependency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1992
Clyde Reynolds, Director, Turning Point Foundation, which runs a center for the mentally ill in Ventura The first problem I see is that all the people with mental illness cannot be lumped into one category. People will need different settings to live in, depending on the degree of their disability. Anyone who is capable of living in the community in normal housing should be able to do so. People should be given a chance to live as independently as possible. The real concern I have--and I think the Fair Housing Act addressed that--is that even if a person has a mental disability, he or she should be afforded all the rights that any other citizen has to fair housing.
NEWS
June 15, 1989 | STEVE CHAWKINS, Times Staff Writer
A $16-million state grant to Ventura County will dramatically change the way services are delivered to severely mentally ill adults and might serve as a model for other California counties, officials said this week. The grant, $4 million for each of the next four years, will pave the way for a restructuring of the Ventura County Mental Health Department. It will increase the strapped department's funds for adult care by 50% and allow the hiring of an additional 77 staff members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ
Ten Ventura County community leaders and five local organizations will be honored for their commitment to cultural and ethnic diversity. The Ventura County Cultural Diversity Board will recognize its "Diversity Heroes" at an awards banquet Thursday in Oxnard. The board is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to building cooperation and understanding among the county's cultures. Recipients include Randy Feltman, who is spearheading the county's welfare reform efforts; the Rev.
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