June 24, 2024

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Breach of public trust in Ventura County’s mental healthcare system

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In December, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to delay implementation of a new law that was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. SB 43, a bill that amends the definition of “grave disability” to allow counties to intervene to help people who are struggling to provide for their own necessary medical care because of mental illness and substance use disorders, will save lives.

According to VCMC Dr. Vlaskovits’ recent letter to the editor in support of this delay, the state legislature has not provided for the “necessary infrastructure (primarily acute care, sub-acute and long-term psychiatric beds to meet the drastically increased demand …)” in order to be able to treat these individuals who need services.

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