Nearly half of Americans will develop a mental illness and 27 percent will suffer from a substance abuse problem during their lifetimes, according to the American Hospital Association's "TrendWatch: Bringing Behavioral Health
into the Care Continuum," released in January.
Jerry Vaccaro, president of PacifiCare Behavioral Health
, the managed behavioral health
-care subsidiary of Cypress, Calif.
His transfer came while the department was in upheaval following last year's failed merger of the Behavioral Health
Department and the Public Social Services Agency, which has resulted in various administrative and program changes and investigations.
The Behavioral Health
Department will provide support services to help tenants deal with such everyday living routines as balancing a checkbook, cooking and maintaining relationships with a landlord and other tenants.
State officials would not comment Tuesday on Kreitzer's resignation except to say that it is in the best interest of the Behavioral Health
Department to have a working Mental Health Board.
The Medi-Cal bills date to November - before a merger between Behavioral Health
and the Public Social Services Department had been dissolved.
JUNE 1997 - During budget hearings, Supervisor Susan Lacey proposes merging the Behavioral Health
Department and the Public Social Services Agency.
Cathie Wright, a vocal critic of Behavioral Health
, and that the Simi Valley Republican agreed to the gag order.
Her budget subcommittee on health and human services asked state investigators to look into allegations that Pierre Durand, director of the Health Care Agency that oversees Behavioral Health
, inappropriately spent mental health money on the debt-ridden Ventura County Medical Center.