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Santa Paula: East Area 1 Schedule and Behavioral Health Pilot Program

Santa Paula: East Area 1 Schedule and Behavioral Health Pilot Program

By Sheryl Hamlin East Area 1 Schedule Tim Jones, project manager for the East Area 1 project now called “Harvest”, presented the status of the project with emphasis on the Hallock & Telegraph intersection during the September 19, 2018 Santa Paula Council meeting. This road work has been described in two previous articles: 6-Lane Railroad […]

Update on Delayed Mental Health Triage Grant

Update on Delayed Mental Health Triage Grant

By Lori Denman The SB 82 Triage Grant set to create teams of police officers with mental health professionals was to begin last July, yet was put on hold due to funding issues. New information has been stated that explains why this funding has decreased. Meanwhile, Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney is one of the many people […]

Hope on the Horizon for Mentally Ill Homeless

Hope on the Horizon for Mentally Ill Homeless

By Lori Denman-Underhill The subset of the homeless in Ventura and Oxnard who suffer from mental health issues has help arriving on the horizon. There is a triage grant starting this month that was given to Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH), who then approached the Ventura and Oxnard Sheriff Departments to team up a full-time […]

Pete Pringle Named Interim Behavioral Health Director

Pete Pringle Named Interim Behavioral Health Director

(Ventura County, CA) ― The Ventura County Health Care Agency has announced Pete Pringle, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has been the Behavioral Health Division Chief — Youth and Family, since June of 2016, has stepped in as Interim Behavioral Health Director, following the resignation of Elaine Crandall last month.  Pete began his career with […]

Designated Driver Campaign

Designated Driver Campaign

Mental Health First Aid Classes at Ventura Police Department: June 28/29, July 19/20

Mental Health First Aid Classes at Ventura Police Department: June 28/29, July 19/20

Oxnard denies treatment to ailing widows, cancer patients …

Oxnard denies treatment to ailing widows, cancer patients  …

By George Miller A flashy headline, huh? But Oxnard did in fact vote its intention to deny medical marijuana treatment to ailing widows, cancer patients and other unfortunates at the 1-12-16 City Council meeting (so did every city in the county). It was a 3-2 split, with Council Members Perello and Padilla dissenting. They both wanted further study first. […]

Community-defined evidence practices in mental health wellness: in the Latino population of Oxnard and Ventura County

Community-defined evidence practices in mental health wellness: in the Latino population of Oxnard and Ventura County

By Armando Vazquez A liberation manifesto to VCBH (Ventura County Mental Health Services   COMMUNITY-DEFINED EVIDENCE PRACTICES (CDEPS): Edition For the purposes of our own self determination, pills liberation and the wellness of our community a CDEP is defined as a set of bottom-up practices derived from a community’s ideas of illness and healing or […]