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March 5, 1989
Mental health workers should receive special training in how to deal with agitated clients. They should be taught how to avoid provoking a client and how to calm an already angry individual. It is very possible that no matter what Robbyn Panitch had done it would not have saved her. However, it seems extremely unwise to me to take two phone calls while such an obviously explosive man was in her office. One hundred percent of her attention should have been focused on this hostile client.
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July 24, 2012 | Mark Ragins, Mark Ragins is a psychiatrist and medical director at the Village, a program of Mental Health America of Los Angeles. He is the author of "A Road to Recovery."
especially random mass murders -- are frightening. And when we're frightened, we look for explanations that will restore some sense of safety to the world. That's one reason so many people are speculating about whether James Holmes, the suspect in Friday's horrific Colorado shootings, is mentally ill. In some ways it would be reassuring to find out that he is. Then we could begin figuring out new ways to keep ourselves safe. Some people would argue for better outreach to the mentally ill, for providing more and better mental health services or strengthening involuntary commitment laws.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1991
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which was criticized after a social worker was fatally stabbed two years ago, has conditionally endorsed an Assembly bill designed to increase protection for mental health workers. The bill, written by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), would require California's seven largest counties to submit security plans to the state but does not mandate special measures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1991
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which was criticized after a social worker was fatally stabbed two years ago, has conditionally endorsed an Assembly bill designed to increase protection for mental health workers. The bill, written by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), would require California's seven largest counties to submit security plans to the state but does not mandate special measures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1990
My lifelong friend, Robbyn Panitch, a county mental health social worker, was killed in February, 1989, in her office at a county facility--a killing which could have been prevented had Robbyn been granted funding for the minimal security measures she and her colleagues had repeatedly requested from the same conservative majority on the Board of Supervisors who just voted $500,000 in taxpayer money simply to save their own political hides (June 29)....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1990
Two court-appointed psychiatrists testified Wednesday that a delusion-plagued homeless man was legally insane when he stabbed his therapist to death. The testimony came in a Santa Monica courtroom during the first day of arguments to determine the sanity of David Scott Smith, 28, who was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the Feb. 21, 1989, stabbing of social worker Robbyn Panitch. If Smith is ruled insane, he will be committed to a state mental hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1989 | MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
Three weeks after the stabbing death of psychiatric social worker Robbyn Panitch, the dead woman's grieving parents on Wednesday embarked on a lobbying campaign to bolster security at mental health centers, voicing hopes that something positive can come from the tragedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1989 | RACHEL ALTMAN
Shortly after the February stabbing death of psychiatric social worker Robbyn Panitch at a Los Angeles County Mental Health Clinic in Santa Monica, pianist Mona Golabek wrote a letter to Panitch's parents. "If ever you want an evening of music to celebrate her life, I would be very happy to participate," she offered. That initial overture has resulted in a free memorial concert entitled "A Tribute to Robbyn Sue Panitch" to be performed at 8:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since a transient stabbed their daughter to death nearly two years ago, Gloria and Allan Panitch have kept close watch on the workings of justice. The parents of Robbyn Panitch, a 36-year-old psychiatric social worker, attended nearly every preliminary court session in the case and occupied the front row of a Santa Monica courtroom every day of a monthlong trial to determine the fate of their daughter's killer. Throughout, they filled books with notes, details, dates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1991 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge on Tuesday sentenced a delusional transient to 26 years to life in prison for murdering his Santa Monica social worker, then advised the victim's grieving family to "put this behind you. "You are exacerbating your own wounds," Santa Monica Superior Court Judge James Albracht told the family, who have become outspoken victims' rights advocates since their only daughter was stabbed to death in her office Feb. 21, 1989.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Monica Superior Court jury found Monday that a delusion-plagued homeless man was legally sane at the time he stabbed his therapist to death in a county mental health clinic. Sentencing for David Scott Smith, 27, could come as early as today but most likely will be postponed until early next year, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Larry Diamond, who prosecuted the case. Smith faces 26 years to life in prison for the Feb. 21, 1989, stabbing of Robbyn Panitch, a 36-year-old psychiatric social worker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since a transient stabbed their daughter to death nearly two years ago, Gloria and Allan Panitch have kept close watch on the workings of justice. The parents of Robbyn Panitch, a 36-year-old psychiatric social worker, attended nearly every preliminary court session in the case and occupied the front row of a Santa Monica courtroom every day of a monthlong trial to determine the fate of their daughter's killer. Throughout, they filled books with notes, details, dates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1990
Two court-appointed psychiatrists testified Wednesday that a delusion-plagued homeless man was legally insane when he stabbed his therapist to death. The testimony came in a Santa Monica courtroom during the first day of arguments to determine the sanity of David Scott Smith, 28, who was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the Feb. 21, 1989, stabbing of social worker Robbyn Panitch. If Smith is ruled insane, he will be committed to a state mental hospital.
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December 5, 1990 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Monica Superior Court jury convicted a transient Tuesday of first-degree murder in the 1989 stabbing death of his counselor at a county mental health clinic. The jury will convene again today to decide whether David Smith, 27, was insane at the time Robbyn Panitch was slain. If found to have been sane, he faces a sentence of 26 years to life in prison, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Larry Diamond. Panitch, 26, who was engaged to be married, was stabbed 32 times on Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1990
My lifelong friend, Robbyn Panitch, a county mental health social worker, was killed in February, 1989, in her office at a county facility--a killing which could have been prevented had Robbyn been granted funding for the minimal security measures she and her colleagues had repeatedly requested from the same conservative majority on the Board of Supervisors who just voted $500,000 in taxpayer money simply to save their own political hides (June 29)....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1990 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a year after psychiatric social worker Robbyn Panitch was stabbed to death at a Santa Monica clinic, her parents criticized the city attorney's office for not prosecuting clinic operators and county mental health officials for failing to take safety measures.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1989 | RACHEL ALTMAN
Shortly after the February stabbing death of psychiatric social worker Robbyn Panitch at a Los Angeles County Mental Health Clinic in Santa Monica, pianist Mona Golabek wrote a letter to Panitch's parents. "If ever you want an evening of music to celebrate her life, I would be very happy to participate," she offered. That initial overture has resulted in a free memorial concert entitled "A Tribute to Robbyn Sue Panitch" to be performed at 8:30 p.m.
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