PUBLIC CAN SHAPE MENTAL-HEALTH PLAN.
Byline: Eugene Tong Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - The county Department of Mental Health will host two community meetings in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys to gather input on new state-mandated services.
The county has been working to augment services for the mentally ill after voters statewide approved Proposition 63 - the Mental Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract Act - last year. The state is funneling about $200 million to the county to enact the first year of the three-year reform.
Comments from local residents will help officials devise the best way to implement the state's plan, which includes assistance programs, prevention services, work-force development, technology needs and facility needs, said Kirsten Deichert, a spokeswoman for the county mental health department.
``Traditionally, the big public health system only has the resources to handle a crisis,'' she said Tuesday. ``We're really looking to help people recover from mental illness with the right package of services - to proactively engage people.''
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Please assist in recruiting an expert or [ improve this article] yourself. See the talk page for details. or mental illness, Deichert said. With a population of nearly 2 million in the San Fernando/Santa Clarita region, she estimates between 120,000 and 220,000 people would require mental health services.
``We want to make sure that the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. is properly represented and gets its fair share of funding,'' said Tony Bell, spokesman for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San , whose 5th District includes north Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County. ``These meetings will allow whatever stakeholders are interested in and give them a voice.''
A community meeting in Lancaster scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at the Best Western Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 N. Sierra Highway Sierra Highway is a road in Southern California, United States. It runs from Tunnel Station near the north limit of the City of Los Angeles, where it intersects with San Fernando Road and Foothill Boulevard, as well as Interstate 5, and continues north to Mojave, mostly paralleling . Another one, in Santa Clarita, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. For information, go to http://dmh.lacounty.info/stp.
Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253