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Mental Health Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 9A ve MetcaJfheads, supervisors and Judge 'eco~._ Ira Kaufman, Reichle had ~I~ of the Plumas spelled out his concerns Jan. 12. ded~^ rd of, Stlpervisors Without fully understanding :-2,~ ,J~ 16---it s time to set- why it was overlooked or ne- ':~les surrounding the glected, the alcohol and drug tu)~laental health, and al- program has been operating Lat P~IM a.__ -^lla o~.urug programs• without state certification. • . . • .-- :,~h" arl mterun director Without state certification, "s'~ect. or Lloyd Crawford Plumas County won't be eligi- _.~ last year, Supervisor ble for its share of Proposition ~a~g~rk has repeated the 36 funding from the state. Prop. ~e ~a~ea new administra- 36, the "Substance Abuse and _'~_.~get the programs oper- Crime Prevention Act of 2000,' it._r~fllll l~tential, was approved by voters last No- nee~rthe'b~d agreed a con- vember. ~t:~9 W " t .~¢.'ffJ[~igh help target prob- Classifying himself as a )vvl~thi "- ~,taln the programs, "stake holder and gate keeper' j~ kept in mind the ira- for Prop. 36 funding through ' had .aaa~ofdoing an evaluation the drug court program opemt- tn. ,a~. Ymanner. ed under the district attorney s m t I~ Ach~inistrative Offi- office, Reichle urged the board Stretch has handled to take a significant role in en- tm~jp With Health and Hu- suring problems are solved. i tsj~lt'Vices consultant Tim If Plumas County isn't eligi- ~t u~l~ Who was hired to eval- ble for its share of Prop. 36 Y. ~,h_.ealth and human ser- funding, that funding will go fucies, back to the state for other ser- .E Clark pointed out that vices• Start-up funding for ~000- l.nd ~essuring Stretch "to 01 would be $132,123, according ~mg/~i,th it,' Stretch said the to Reichle, and that amount :trail, on would be helpful in doubles in 20014)2. .~ forJ~g "conflicts and turf As Reichle discussed the situ- ~ to..~Wehave a problem•" ation, which he has become rac',fl~re delays appeared, as aware of as head of the county s d ~n~a~nounced last Tues- drug court program and its as- .~0ue toillness and then sociation with both depart- is a~mitments' Mullins ments, he pointed out rocky fice~t meet his dates to be- ground lies between both agen- so~l]~ evaluation• March cies. lie~L.l~bably be the earliest Reichle told the board that ncdE participants from either pro- L ol~ SUpervisors listened to gram don t even talk to one an- for ~ and considered their other. lgh ~,' Supervisor Ken Nelson .j~.ted separating the two xst ~ts. cco~ said they needed to :y f~the entire organization ~j,~e how it should be ~l~r B.J. Pearson said lg a~le in those departments gr~alost likely ones to solve antl~blems. He suggested ~t and then bring their ttd~endations back to the Attorney James Re- "-- ~nCouraged the board to ,~active position in solv- rs ~. of the problems exist- e t0~m'dn the programs. viii°f those problems will cial~aajor impact on state ~1~ to Plumas County ff it -a ~ted by March 1. s ta~imerno to key department ml Both Mental Health, and Al- cohol and Drug, have been served by one department head. And, with the resignation of Crawford last year, they have been headed by an interim di- rector; the situation continues to deteriorate. Reichle said this isn't a new situation. Various parties have tried to get on the board agenda for two months, and this is the fin'st time an item has appeared. Why Alcohol and Drug was not state certified remains a mystery, but something that goes back to Crawford's leader- ship years. According to Alcohol and Drug Program Chief Lia Bruno, lack of certification now affects getting Prop. 36 funding, but the program has in the past offered driving under the influence classes without certification. m Yi,~ MetcaW Past administratkm comed A&D Program Chief Lid that so many of the original em- Staff Wdter Sebold said he had worked Bruno on board, he presentedployees were back to work. As interim director for with Crawford for 12 years. His her with copies of all the grants "I'm cautiously optimistic," Plumas County's Mental resignation was painful. They concerning her programs, went Sebold said. Health, and Alcohol and Drughad a "pretty solid partner-over them with her, and contin- Later in the conversation, Se- (A&D) programs, John Sebold ship." ues to be open to her questions• bold said "I think A&D will suc- longs for peace and quiet, and But, as Sebold worked with "We talk to each other when ceed." the routine of handling one or Crawford, the last two yearswe get a chance, but we're both even just two jobs. were different. "It just became busy," Sebold said about their The future "It looks like running aboutoverwhelming," he explained working relationship. When asked if he believes 120 miles per hour most of the about Crawford's workload. Bruno, on the other hand, Mental Health and A&D should time," Sebold said, as he tries to Mental Health funding from said she has asked for copies of remain together or become two run both departments, contin- the state also increased and the grants A&D is working under,separate departments, Sebold ue as program chief to Mental program expanded, adding to She has asked for oversheetssaid, "I'm prettY private about Health, and see clients. Crawford's stress, Sebold said. detailing how the grants will be my thoughts regarding that." As program chief and thera- As this continued, Sebold carried out, but that informa- Sebold said he believes that if pist, Sebold's role in the depart- said !hat both his job and Craw- tion hasn't been forthcoming, a split is considered, "I don't ment, suddenly changed afterford s kept getting more de-Carol Lee, an A&D case thinkit should be a situation of 12 years, to overseeing every- manding• worker involved in the drug whoever yells the loudest deter- thing. Reflecting on his relationship court program, has spent con- mines the situation. I really He was launched into the po-with Crawford, Sebold said siderable time searching want to hear more voices about sition of interim director quite they had a good working rela- through county records looking it--whoever has an investment suddenly when Administrator tionship. He voiced his objec- for evidence of the grants they with it." Lloyd Crawford resigned lasttions when Crawford attempted know they have received, but to "Mental Health is so much July. to find money for programs in date, has had no luck in access- bigger, it pulls the director that Although some members of what he called the gray area of ing that information, way," he added. And, part of the Board of Supervisors, ingrants. But, Sebold said he nev- that has been handling not just particular Chairman Don er saw any wrong-doing on the Mental bl~mlU1 vs, A&D the day-to-day job, but the four Clark, has pushed for the time- former administrator's part.When asked how employees state audits that have happened ly hiring of a replacement, five The final difficulty came from one program get along since Sebold took over in July. months later, Sebold is still when A&D Program Chief with the other, Sebold said,"It's not an uncomplicated runningthe show, andthe posi- Steve Diggs resigned. Although "The employees at Mental situation," Sebold said. What tion hasn't been flown, a new program chief was hired, Health are a tight knit group, he envisions is representatives Part of that delay stems from chosen by Crawford, problemsThey get along. They work to- from Mental Health, A&D, the the urging of County Adminis- with the staff at A&D contin- gether well. You don't work in Health Services Department trative Officer Jim Stretch,ued. And then, stressleaves be- the public sector, in MentalSocial Services, and the Jure- who recommended hiring a gan creating serious gaps in the Health, unless you believe in nile Court program sitting consultant to evaluate the program's ability to serve it." down and discussing the situa- Health and Human Services clients. Eventually, it ground to Sebold did say there is a fac- tion. programs. Once the board wasa halt, and Crawford chose to tion at Mental Health that is "People need to air out their provided with information resign, cautious about employees at thoughts," he said. "I think about problem areas and possi- Grand jury investigations A&D. that's a simple way to approach ble ways to solve those prob- were held with members of the Sebold said they watched as it." lems, a new administrator A&D staff to determine theirthat program fell apart once, Sebold said how the situation could be hired to run Mentalside of the story. And, as Sebold and believe it could happen would be approached fiscally is Health and A&D. now serves as the interim di- again. He denied that the two an issue; funding goes to both But, on Jan• 16, the board rector, and a new A&D pro- factions openly don't get along, programs in some situations heard of more delays with a gram chief is in place, some of He added, "As mental health such as the Calworks program. consultant chosen to do the job. the problems continue to haunt therapists, we don't even have Both programs are involved in Supervisors also heard from the agencies, time to be negative here--if we funding a specific area of Cal- District Attorney James Reich- ever got into that, we wouldworks. le about more problems that Relations sink." When asked if Lia Bruno as now face A&D. In an interview ast week, Se- program chief, or another pro- In a memo to the board, and bold discussed the job and the Healing gram chief and an A&D fiscal then verbally, Reichle said it relationship that exists be-Sebold said he told members manager could make the pro- appears A&D isn't state certi- tween Mental Health and A&D.oftheBoard of Supervisors that gram work, Sebold said, "I fled. If it isn't certified by" Sebold admitted that his he estimated it will take at least could put my cards there." March 1, Plumas County will main focus is on Mental Health two years for A&D to become As it now stands, one fiscal lose out on an opportunity for a and its programs and people. It fully operational again, manager works for both agen- chunk of Proposition 36 fund- is the larger of the two pro- "There's so much pain and cies. The needs of Mental ing. grams, has more clients, andreal suffering on the A&D Health have been complex, Reichle went on to point outhas a larger funding base. side," he said• while those at A&D have not that problems lie deeper than As Crawford left the programAt this point, with Bruno inbeen that involved. "A&D certification. Problems involve and Sebold took charge, he said charge of her program, he didn't need that (complex set- cooperation between the two he was immediately faced with views the recovery as progress- vices), but they were paying for agencies• his first state audit, ing at a good speed, that," he said. Sebold said that when he wel- Sebold said it was a good sign Your Local OISH Network Your Local DISH Network |; Non-Cable Customers can also qualify! 4 a FREE! + 3 Months ol Your 2nd Dish Net S49 installation (wl this dig Receiver FREE! on your 2nd receiver. lIlsllllaU°ll = DISH Network BLOWS Coble Awoy! 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