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Hoping For Transition

The Board of Supervisors, at their Tuesday meeting, again discussed the status of the transition of privatized mental health services from Ortner Management Group (OMG) if Yuba City to Redwood…

Delusion Or Optimism?

The Supervisors and County staff are either faking it or they're genuinely pleased at the otherwise invisible transition of Mental Health services from Yuba City-based Ortner Management Group to the…

536 Donuts Later…

The June 30 deadline for the County’s conversion from Ortner Management Group (OMG) to Redwood Quality Management Company (RQMC) is just a few weeks away now. The County will exchange…

Cool, Clear Water (Someday)

Cool, Clear Water (Someday)

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Boonville grape grower Deborah Kahn, civil engineer David Coleman, Boonville Hotel co-owner Roger Scommegna, Boonville resident Xenia King, Community Services District Trustee (and Boonville resident)…

Waiting For Ortner

The great transition from one privatized mental health entity to another private mental health entity is just over a month away and nobody knows how many clients there are or…

Ten Phone Calls & A Jelly Donut

Ten Phone Calls & A Jelly Donut

We remain thoroughly unimpressed with the “progress” being made converting — official Mendo calls it “transitioning” — Mendocino’s $7 million adult mental health services from Yuba City's Ortner Management Group…

How’s The Transition From One Mental Health Privateer To The Next Mental Health Privateer Going?

How’s The Transition From One Mental Health Privateer To The Next Mental Health Privateer Going?

We first looked at the County’s list of tasks to transition adult mental health services on April 7th. Ten days later and the County’s nebulous three page list of mental…

BOS Watch

BOS Watch

As we reported recently, the Board of Supervisors last week put off a decision to allocate some portion of Proposition 172 funds to local fire departments, ambulance services and various…

What Happened To The Crisis Residential Grant?

It’s always interesting how the Board of Supervisors glosses over major blunders by staff rather than asking staff why such blunders occur. The latest to come to light was yet…

Tule Elk Won’t Stay In The Tules

You think hitting a deer is bad? Try hitting an elk. Laytonville County Water District Manager (and editor of the Mendocino Observer weekly newspaper in Laytonvile) Jim Shields at the…

Mental Health In A Pickle

Mental Health In A Pickle

Doug Gherkin is “Chief Financial Officer” for Mendo’s Health and Human Services Agency. Until recently, before Stacey Cryer announced her resignation as HHSA Director, Ms. Cryer dealt with Supervisors’ questions…

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