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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2000
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Ventura. Here are some questions that puzzle me regarding the Ventura County mental health controversy: Why did the federal Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) affirm its commitment to the Assertive Community Treatment model for adults, which has much in common with the Ventura model, Systems of Care? Could it be that the only problem with Ventura County's mental health care system was not the delivery of services by a multidisciplinary team (which was a state and national model)
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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
October 3, 1999
This letter is being written to express my own feelings as a psychologist / program specialist for Ventura Unified School District, as well as a concerned citizen of this county. The subject is the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, specifically, Children's Services. I have worked closely with a number of Behavioral Health professionals, including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and varying levels of management, for 15 years. Our work has been a collaborative effort between Ventura County Behavioral Health, Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools to address the needs of children and families with varying levels of emotional and behavioral disabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1999
This letter is being written to express my own feelings as a psychologist / program specialist for Ventura Unified School District, as well as a concerned citizen of this county. The subject is the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, specifically, Children's Services. I have worked closely with a number of Behavioral Health professionals, including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and varying levels of management, for 15 years. Our work has been a collaborative effort between Ventura County Behavioral Health, Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools to address the needs of children and families with varying levels of emotional and behavioral disabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
September 1, 1994 | JASON GRANT
New Jersey's governor on Wednesday accompanied the wife of California Gov. Pete Wilson on a tour of a Ventura County juvenile program hailed for keeping emotionally troubled youths out of state institutions and saving thousands of government dollars. New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman took a 15-minute walk through the Frank A. Colston Youth Center in Ventura with Gayle Wilson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1999
Joseph Francis Maguire, a retired physician, died at his home Monday. He was 86. Maguire was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Manchester, Conn. He graduated from UCLA in 1935 and attended medical school at USC, graduating in 1939. Maguire moved to Ventura and began his residency at Ventura County Hospital. It was there that he met an X-ray technician, who the next year became his wife. Maguire joined the Army and served in the Pacific during World War II.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1999 | SUSAN VINSON
In times of crisis, taxpayers look to elected officials for statesmanlike leadership. Instead of a statesman, Ventura County has been saddled with a venomous state senator who vows revenge on administrators she doesn't like by seeking to block mental-health funds to the county she was elected to serve. When I recently asked state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1993 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura County program to keep emotionally troubled youths out of state mental hospitals and prisons could save California millions of dollars if it is adopted statewide, a state official said Friday. Sandra Smoley, California's newly appointed secretary for health and welfare, said efforts by county agencies to keep troubled youths out of institutions have already served as a model for 11 other California counties and should be adopted statewide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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
August 17, 1997
The following organizations won trophies in Saturday's Ventura County Fair Parade: Junior color guard: 1st, West Ventura Cub Scouts Pack 311. Senior color guard: 1st, 187 Airborne Color Guard; 2nd, Al Malaikah Temple; 3rd, Marien Corps League No. 597. School floats: 1st, Ventura High School pep squad; 2nd, St. Bonaventure High School cheerleaders; 3rd, Buena High School pep squad. Commercial floats: 1st, Animal Rescue Volunteers; 2nd, Ventura City Federal Credit Union.
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