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4A Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 Feather River Bulletin DRUG: Supervisor says court, Mental Health must :ommunicate from page 1A will not let that happen." Judge Kaufman didn't single out Mental Health for prompting his decision. But he said his breaking point happened Friday, Jan. 16, when he found five felony defendants were not receiving adequate court-ordered mental health services. "We had one disaster after another in terms of getting services," Kaufman said. "And that is not acceptable and intolerable." Mental Health Director Peter Livingston was in the room when Kaufman announced his decision. Livingston immediately followed the judge's comments by saying Mental Health has been the victim of "a lot of misinformation." Livingston cited a recent memorandum of understanding outlining how various county departments will work together to provide court-ordered services to clients. "It's been clearly conveyed by some parties in the county that Plumas County Mental Health refused to sign the Drug Court MOU," Livingston said. "I need to make it abundantly clear that Plumas County Mental Health has not refused to sign it. We suggested a few changes. And, evidently, that's not acceptable. "I think that there's a lot of accusations that get made -- unfounded allegations. And a lot of misinformation. ... And I, too, am extremely tired." In an interview after the meeting, Livingston said he would like to be able to provide more services. But he reiterated that Mental "People are being set up for failure. I will not let that happen." Ira Kaufman Judge Plumas County Superior Court Health is understaffed and has three vacant therapist positions to fill. The county has authorized Livingston to add 17 positions -- including two therapists and two case managers assigned to criminal justice programming. However, he said it will be hard to fill the jobs with the county's low pay scale. Livingston added he doesn't have enough staff to allow therapists to attend court sessions. "We only have so many people," Livingston said. "I know there are solutions to be had. And we are working hard to make things happen." Livingston said there hasn't been an "honest dialogue" between criminal justice leaders and Mental Health in the 15 months since he became director. Supervisor Lori Simpson said she has been working for the past year to get Mental Health and the criminal just leaders to communicate better. She said her efforts have included at least three meetings where all concerned parties were invited. "I think there are communication problems on both sides," Simpson said. Simpson said Mental Health doesn't get the same "minute orders" (court notification) that Alcohol and Drug and the Probation Department receive when their clients are scheduled to appear in court. Simpson said she attended felony court proceedings on Jan, 16 and Jan. 23. She said there were no Mental Health therapists in court on the 16 th. She said two therapists attended on the 23 rd. "I think the court could do a better job working with Mental Health," Simpson said. "I'm not saying that would solve all of the problems, but it would help." A 2014 independent audit of the Mental Health department outlined 13 problems that needed to be addressed. Among the findings was that Mental Health was perceived to be "insular, defensive, and lacking a collaborative orientation." The report, produced by the Kemper Consulting Group, recommended Mental Health improve its relationship with those in the criminal justice system. Criminal justice leaders, led by the district attorney and sheriff, have accused Mental Health of following a longstanding practice of "picking and choosing" who gets service. They say Mental Health gives priority to clients who have insurance and doesn't treat people who have a co-occurring diagnosis (like mental health and substance abuse problems together). They have accused Mental Health of not providing adequate services to the jail and courts. "1 think that there's a lot of accusations that get made -- unfounded allegations. And a lot of misinformation .... And I, too, am extremely tired." Peter Livingston, Director Plumas County Mental Health Department Livingston has maintained the accusations ,are simply not true." What is drug court and why does it matter? Drug court is designed for people convicted of felony drug offenses to receive intensive help to overcome their addictions. Mental health treatment is one component of the overall strategy. In addition to the prospect of getting clean and sober, people who complete the court-ordered treatment programs usually receive the incentive of reduced jail sentences. The idea is that people who receive treatment are also less likely to reoffend. However, with the passage of Proposition 47, the landscape has changed. Some criminal justice leaders question whether a drug court is as relevant as it used to be. At the very least, they say it will need to evolve. That's because many drug crimes that used to be felonies are now charged as misdemeanors, with little or no jail time. Many offenders would rather spend a week or two in jail than agree to an 18-month-to-three-year treatment program. The impact Criminal justice leaders say that without a drug court program, more felons will be serving their full sentence in the county jail. The sheriff said the county jail is already holding more inmates after the 2013 implementation of AB 109 inmate realignment. "It will have a measurable financial impact to the county," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. "Inmates will be held in the correctional facility for a longer period of time .... Those are the realities." Moving forward Judge Kaufman said Plumas County continues be "so far behind the curve (in terms of AB 109 and Prop 47) it's frightening." He said the current collaboration between the court and county in regard to drug court is not working. During a Jan. 21 meeting in drug court, the judge told those present in the courtroom that the county doesn't understand its role in the program. "They (supervisors) need to have an understanding that this is not a county program," Kaufman said from the bench. "The county is a participant. The court is the director and the organization that will run the program. And if they encourage other departments to do their own thing, so be it. I'll find other ways to do it." Kaufman said an alternative for the court would be to sidestep the county Mental Health Department and hire therapists on a contract basis. He said he plans to seek funding from the county as well as state AB 109 funds from the Plumas County Community Corrections Partnership. "The court is going to basically come up with a plan," he told the partnership's executive committee. "I'm going to come to you shortly for funding. I'm going to go to the board (of supervisors) if necessary to get funding." Supervisor Simpspn said she is not discounting the judge's concerns. She added she is reaching out to other counties for input and ideas. "I'm going to find some solution to this," Simpson said. "If people are not going to step up to the plate and provide the services then the board is going to have to do something about it. If we have to contract out for services, I'm willing to do that." Simpson said the county still has $1 million set aside that it earmarked for mental health services three years ago. "We haven't spent that money," she said. Simpson said she knows the county's Mental Health staff is "spread thin.'! She also understands the criminal justice system needs more services. "I feel like the courts need to have their own contracts with outside behavioral therapists who would be assigned to them and take care of their clients," she said. "I know they are frustrated. A lot of us are frustrated." DEGREE: FRC one of 15 from page 1A considerations including geographic distribution, of the programs, ability to establish a rigorous program and whether the program will address a workforce need. In the midst of the good Feather River Bulletin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Men. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hew to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. 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With all that needs to be done, Lerch doesn't see the program up and running as early as next semester. "We will have to draft the new curriculum, take ges to offer four-year degree that through our shared governance, take it to a regional consortium and then finally to the Chancellor's Office," Lerch said, explaining the lengthy process of getting the curriculum approved. In the application FRC submitted, 17 new courses were proposed. The new courses can be taught on a two=year sequence. The courses will be staffed by available faculty as well as local and regional professionals who can provide industry-related expertise. The college estimated the additional cost for staffing support will be $30,000 per year. Some of the proposed courses are PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice Plumes-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative will be conducting inspections of its facilities throughout 2015. Specific vegetation man- agement projects planned within the tim- bered portions of its service area include but are not limited to, Chandler Road, the Cromberg area, Spring Garden area, Graeagle, and Mabie/Delleker. We will also be inspecting for trees and other vegetation in proximity to the power lines as required by the California Public Resource Code Section 4293. Trees that come in contact with power lines are a major cause of out- ages on our system. PSREC strives to strike a healthy balance between our appreciation for trees and our obligation to provide safe, reliable electric service. Through our tree trimming program, we redirect tree growth away from power lines and remove any damaged or diseased trees so we can limit potential damage to the power lines which could be caused by extreme weather condi- In i m i m i IBm i i i mm ,=m mm I tions, lf a tree grows too fast or if its proxim- SU,IOR Order'  ity to power lines is a threat to our electric into two developed parcels each with exist- I system, our experts will trim the growth ing structures and provided with community Feather River Bulletin P.O, Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 away from our equipment. 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These inspec- issues you or someone else raised at the tions are part of our ongoing work to provide public hearing described in this notice, or in our members with safe, reliable electric ser- written correspondence delivered to the i Name II vice. We will be inspecting electrical equip- Zoning Administrator at, or prior to, the pub- Notice of Public Hearing The Zoning Administrator will hold a public hearing on the following matter on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in the Plumes County Permit Center Conference Room, 555 Main Street, Quincy, California. 10:00 a.m. Tentative Parcel Map for Alice J. Wiegand, trustee 2184 Pine Street, Quincy, Plumes County, CA This tentative map proposes to divide 17,097 square feet into two parcels of 9,274 square feet and 7,823 square feet for multi- ple-family residential and single-family resi- dential use. This project is located at 2184 Pine Street, Quincy, CA; APN 116-192-002; T24N/R10E/Sec.19, MDM This project is exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality ACt under Section 15061(b)(3). An initial study showed that there are no significant adverse (nvironmental impacts. In addition, this is an infill project to divide one developed parcel lic hearing. Written onments  be mailed to the Zoning Administrator, Plumes County Planning and Building Services, 555 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971 Published FRB Jan. 28, 2015l I Addrees I I City, State, Zip I I S.b=dpUa =n be Vanmm,   refundS. I L m. m m m --- --- m. m m m. m .m -II ment as required by California General Orders 95 and 128 and determining the location and condition of our infrastructure. PSREC personnel require access to all of its facilities including meters. PSREC employ- ees will have company ID with them. Published FRB, PR Jan. 14, 21,28, Feb. 4, 20151 Published LCT similar to those already r : offered at the college but go into far more detail, explained Lerch. The cost of continuing education at the college will increase for the third and fourth year of the program. According to the plan laid out by the Chancellor's Office, lower-division coursework will cost $46 per unit and upper-division coursework will cost $84 per unit. The estimated total cost to obtain a bachelor's degree at FRC would be $10,000. Feather Publishing will report more details as the college moves forward in readying its equine program for a four-year degree. th st Jan. 30 & 31 , 2015 *40.00 per person Social hour at 6 pm Droner at 7 pm Call Steve: 530-218-1828 or Bob. 530-832-2406 Or leave message at 530-832-5785 Advanced sales only