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October 10, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sporting baby doll socks and two tattoos--a star and a heart in the middle of her face--Karyn Bates is not your ordinary board chairwoman. But this is not your ordinary board. It is the Ventura County Mental Health Board--distinguished in recent months by vicious feuding over how the county's publicly funded mental health clinics should be run.
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October 10, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sporting baby doll socks and two tattoos--a star and a heart in the middle of her face--Karyn Bates is not your ordinary board chairwoman. But this is not your ordinary board. It is the Ventura County Mental Health Board--distinguished in recent months by vicious feuding over how the county's publicly funded mental health clinics should be run.
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May 16, 1999
Re "Removal of Behavioral Health Director Urged," May 8. Ventura County is known as one of the safest places in the entire nation, and yet in 1998 there were at least seven cases in which our police officers shot and killed our mentally ill. Is this how our politicians and the past mental health administration viewed the so-called Ventura Model as a success? This article made me comprehend everything that was happening regarding the mentally ill in Ventura County. Public officials are not the only ones who are chronically negligent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2000
Re "Health Panel Seeks Grant, Draws Rebuke," June 6. We want to express our support for the new Ventura County Mental Health Board and its current chair. Finally it appears that Ventura County is getting the level of intelligent review of mental health issues and programs that it needs--a quality of oversight and active advocacy that, had it been in existence in the past few years, might have saved county taxpayers millions of dollars. Specifically, we want to make a clear statement of support for the concept of independent funding of the mental health board.
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September 3, 2000
Re "Morgan Ordered to Cut Remarks About Long on Statement," Aug. 26. Supervisor Kathy Long's debating Mike Morgan's ballot statement is absurd. The loss of taxpayers' money caused by the merging of the county Behavioral Health Department and the Human Services Agency continues to escalate. Long should have resigned a long time ago for voting in favor of the merger against the advice of then-Chief Administrative Officer Lin Koester and the feasibility study conducted by consultants Deloitte & Touche.
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September 26, 1999
As a member of the Ventura County Mental Health Board for a number of years, I am shocked by the action of the Board of Supervisors in removing John Chaudier from his role as its chair. Members of the board, including myself, have had occasional disagreements with Mr. Chaudier on concerns of policy and strategy. But loyalty toward him and respect for his devotion and hard work as chair have continued strong. Mr. Chaudier has been a very fair and efficient moderator and leader of the group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1999
Saying that his participation has become superfluous, the executive director of the Ventura County Mental Health Board stepped down Tuesday. Shlomo Kreitzer's resignation comes two weeks after the county Board of Supervisors removed the panel's chairman, John Chaudier. The supervisors' vote went against the recommendation of an advisory panel to reappoint Chaudier for a third term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1999
Outraged over the dismissal of the panel's chairman, executive officers of Ventura County's Mental Health Board did not show up for a scheduled meeting Monday, forcing its cancellation. The advisory panel's executive members are infuriated by a vote of the Board of Supervisors last week removing Chairman John Chaudier from his post and decided to skip Monday's meeting in protest, said Susan Kelly, another panel member. Supervisors John K. Flynn, Judy Mikels and Frank Schillo voted Sept.
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November 10, 1999
County supervisors on Tuesday adopted goals for increasing housing options for the mentally ill, calling for the addition of as many as 250 beds over five years. More beds are needed to stop a "revolving door" through which many mentally ill patients move from the county's public hospital and onto the streets only to be readmitted a short time later for more costly treatment, said Dr. David Gudeman, the county's mental health chief.
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July 26, 1990 | JACK SEARLES
Doctors, members of the Latino community and people who have received mental health services are being sought for positions on the Ventura County Mental Health Advisory Board. The 17-member board, which meets once a month to review activities of the county Mental Health Services Department, has five openings.
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October 7, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Dozens of people marched in downtown Ventura on Sunday night to call attention to Mental Illness Awareness Week, which begins today, and urge politicians to keep Camarillo State Hospital open as a mental health facility. The issue of what to do with the state hospital and its more than 800 patients and 1,500 employees will be discussed by a task force today at 10 a.m. at the hospital.
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