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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7A REPORT: Jury ys both A&D, m from page 1A delegated to help the new AOD director revamp the role in the county's department. Mental health The grand jury said it didn't plan to investigate the Plumas County Mental Health Department. But # during its AOD investigation, the jurors said they kept hearing about "a lack of coordination" with mental health. A series of newspaper articles about the department's leadership changes and a high-proffile teen suicide prompted the jurors to investigate. While the jurors were complementary of the department's new director for his ideas, enthusiasm and communication with the county supervisors, they identified many procedural problems -- particularly a lack of coordination with the sheriff's office. They said mental health "needs to get proactive and plan for increased needs and step up in support." "There have been decades-long historical problems concerning the sheriffs department in the coordination of 5150s (individuals at risk of harming themselves or others), in determining that an individual's problem is not alcohol or drug related, and insufficient therapy for inmates at the jail with mental health related problems," the jury wrote. The jurors said mental health, like the AOD department and the local criminal justice system, has been strained by the AB 109 population. Mental health has also been impacted by the Affordable Care Act. The result is an "ever-increasing" wait list. The jurors recognized mental health's effort to shorten the waiting list, which it has done. But the grand jury said the department needs to add staff and should consider changing its protocol to better assist law enforcement. Among the grand jury's recommendations were that mental health "implement measures to increase trust and communication by creating mental health and HIPAA (privacy rule) trainings with the Sheriffs Department and re-examine the 5150 hospitalization and release procedure." The grand jury said mental health, like AOD, needs to improve its image with the public. The jury recommended the department" immediately launch a public relations campaign to repair its public image and increase its profile." Jail inspection The grand jury reinforced the recommendations of previous juries in calling for a new jail. The jury said it continues to be a safety hazard for corrections officers, inmates and the community. Until a new facility is built, the jury recommended "some ntal h Alternative Sentencing Program. The program is designed to help inmates (up to 70 percent of whom have drug and alcohol issues) re-enter society. Adding to AOD's challenges is a lack of staff and facilities. The jurors found the department doesn't have the resources to handle its caseload and public outreach. Instead of having a detox facility available, correctional officers at the jail are often overseeing individuals withdrawing from alcohol and drugs. "It's dangerous and potentially life threatening," the jurors wrote. The grand jury recommended that AOD hire more help, using money from federal grants. It also recommended that AOD be integrated into a behavioral health services model along with the mental health department. The jurors suggested AOD work with Plumas District Hospital on a plan to transport intoxicated people who are willing to go to a medical detoxification facility rather than the county jail. AOD needs to launch a public relations campaign immediately, the jurors said. It needs to quickly repair its public image and let the public know what it does. Finally, the grand jury recommended that at least one county supervisor be minor low-cost improvements" including repairing security systems and cameras. They grand jury said the jail still needs to increase staff. It also needs to do a better job of screening inmates before placing them in dormitory cells. The jurors said dormitory rooms should separate the sentenced inmates from the non-sentenced inmates to reduce conflicts. The jury was impressed with the jail's inmate work program. They recommended expanding the program to include more and varied tasks. "This program could be used to construct/install physical security measures at the jail to better protect the facility," they wrote. County assets The grand jury said it was surprised the county couldn't provide a list of buildings that it owns. The jurors discovered the lack of a comprehensive list when they wanted to check them out for any potential liabilities and possible revenue-generating recommendations. "We were not able to properly identify, by district, what the county owned, how Ith und rstaffed a building was being used, Audit committee potential environmental "Who are they and what do hazards, or if buildings were they do?" being adequately utilized, let That was the title of the alone, if there were buildings grand jury's report of this available for potential investigation. business use," the report According to the county, stated, the Board of Supervisors, on The jurors recommended Oct. 3, 2006, passed a that the facility services resolution to establish a department build a list Of Plumas County Audit county-owned properties by Committee. Sept. 30. It should include a The committee is supposed description of the building's to include the county current use, value and the auditor/controller, the condition of the structure, county administrative They recommended the list officer, the county treasurer be updated every year. and two members of the grand jury. Elections process However, the grand jury Members of the jury said the committee hasn't , visited the Plumas County met for two years. Elections Office four times "Confusion exists as to during the investigation, what the purpose of the And they liked what they Audit Committee is for and saw. because of this, convening Two members of the jury the Audit Committee on an observed the Plumas County annual basis is not a priority registrar of voters elections for the members for the process Nov. 5, 2013. committee," the jurors wrote. "It's a well-run "It's unclear who is department," the jurors responsible for convening wrote. "Procedures have the Audit Committee." been carefully worked out The grand jury said the over the Years and are supervisors should revisit followed by the elections the purpose of the committee processors, and decide if one is neededl "The Grand Jury would "The county does not like to publicly commend the appear to be following its Elections and County self-imposed obligation as Recorder's Office for ffme required by statute," the work." jurors wrote. h Sierra Firearms Instruction t Offering CCW C/asses for Sierra Plumas and Lassen Counties As well as Personal Protection Classes and Men's and Ladies' Basic Pistol Courses Call for Schedule Masons to Brighten Up Your World I NRAPistollnstructors M w!th a New Coat of Paint! I ca. 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