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Glady Strope Mental Health Citizens Advocacy Papers - Finding Aid

Abstract
Copyright
Biographical Information
Scope and Content of the Collection
Arrangement of the Collection
Container List
Bibliography
Related Works
Resume
History of Mental Health in Humboldt County

Collection Number

1999.09

Contact Information

The Library, Special Collections
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California 95521
URL: http://library.humboldt.edu/humco/holdings/strope.htm

Processed By

Edith Butler, MSW, MA, CA

Date Collection Processed

2005-2006

Language

English

Collection Creator

Gladys (Glady) Smith Strope (1923-2006)

Dates Covered by Collection

1940-2005(date span)
1985-2001 (bulk dates)

Size of Collection

9 cubic feet

Abstract

The Glady Strope Mental Health Citizens Advocacy Papers consists of the files and publications created and accumulated by Glady Strope while she served on mental health advisory committees and groups from the late 1950s until 2005 for Humboldt County and the State of California.   It includes materials from a wide variety of governmental, professional and advocacy mental health entities.  Glady Strope was instrumental in starting mental health services in Humboldt County, California.

The collection reflects the evolution of mental health treatments and services and the increased involvement by citizen advocates, consumers and their families throughout the United States, during the last quarter of the 20th Century.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright has not been assigned to the Humboldt State University Library. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce in any format, please contact the Special Collections Librarian.

Acquisition Information

Glady Strope donated the collection to the Humboldt State University Library in three parts.  The first part arrived in late 1995 and very early 1996, a second part was donated on March 9, 2001, and the final part was donated in 2005.

Biographical Information

In the late 1950s Glady Smith Strope started her career as a volunteer citizen advocate for mental health services in Humboldt County. Glady is a graduate of Humboldt State University, class of 1944, where she majored in Psychology and Education. She came to her volunteer work well informed about the mental health theories and practices of that era. Her advocacy work started at the same time that California passed the Short/Doyle Act (1957) that mandated county level public mental health services. Glady chaired Humboldt County’s first Mental Health Committee. She was tireless in recruiting others to the cause and in speaking out that there was a genuine need for mental health treatment services at a time when the local general public was not yet in full agreement because the causes of mental duress and illness were not well understood beyond professional circles. Humboldt County citizens and elected officials made progress and by 1965 the county was offering direct services. From that time until her retirement from active service in 1995 Glady stayed at the forefront, advocating for effective programs for every age group and segment of the population, especially children. Over the years Glady became more and more active on statewide committees and attended many conferences. She was continually educating herself, then others, and publicizing the need for good quality mental health services. Glady was appointed to the California Council on Mental Health in 1986 and then, starting in 1991, she served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer for one term.  Glady remained active at the county level even after she received state level appointments.

Glady started and ended her career as a volunteer. Within her papers (Box 9, folder 27) is Glady’s full statement of the ideas and philosophy that guided her through the decades. Included here are the last two paragraphs; they provide a good summary:

“I am personally totally committed to Community Mental Health, and I feel very strongly, along with many experts in the field, that mentally and emotionally ill people can be treated much better and at a much lower cost-both financially and emotionally-in the community setting. Volunteers help make this community care possible.  We are primarily concerned with enhancing the ‘quality of life’ of our patients, not only throughout their hospital stay but when they return to their homes as well.”

“There are many frustrations, low points and discouraging times when working as a Volunteer with the mentally and emotionally ill and with alcoholics. However, I can assure you that the personal benefits that accrue from giving a bit of one’s self, and in sharing the most important thing we possess – the gift of time- far outweigh the frustrations and can be an incredibly rewarding experience!”

In the last decade of her life Glady was still alert and attuned to mental health issues, though her direct participation gradually waned.  Many of her memories are captured in the interviews she did with KEET’s Living Biography program and the oral history interview conducted by the Humboldt County Historical Society.  See the Related Works section of this Finding Aid for additional biographical information and the text of “History of Mental Health In Humboldt County as told by Gladys Strope.”

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Glady Strope Mental Health Citizens Advocacy Papers consist of the files and publications accumulated by Glady Strope while establishing and serving on citizen advisory groups in Humboldt County and the State of California, and materials from a wide variety of government, professional, and advocacy mental health entities from the late 1950s to 2005. The collection is fuller for the latter half of the time period. It reflects the breadth of her interests and the long duration of her involvement. The great changes in psychiatric theories, treatment methods, and public financial support for services during the late 20th Century in the United States, and California in particular, are all reflected in the files.

The collection also reflects the changing nature of mental health services and the role of government in the second half of the 20th century. California passed ground breaking legislation in 1957 (Short/Doyle Act) requiring counties to address mental health needs. Humboldt County citizens and elected officials made progress in satisfying the requirements by 1965 when the county began offering direct services. In 1967 California passed the Lanterman-Petris-Short Community Mental Health Services Act which accelerated change in the whole mental health field in the state. This legislation along with the Short/Doyle Act shifted California’s mental health services from a centralized state hospital model to community based services intended to serve citizens in their home counties. The state hospital populations were reduced quickly and dramatically, but sufficient funds to support necessary local services were not forthcoming. Funding for essential services has been a challenge for every California county ever since. Advocacy efforts, such as Glady’s, were necessary to garner public support to keep the needs of the public before the legislature and resource allocators.

Humboldt County’s mental health programs, issues, and events, as well as those for other rural California areas, are also well documented with materials spread throughout the collection. Humboldt County has made a concerted effort to provide prevention services, especially to children, and to achieve greater interagency coordination since the mid-1980s.  Records describing and tracking these efforts are found throughout the collection.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection consists of one series of paper files. Over the years Glady used more than one filing system. The first portion of the collection is arranged by major subject areas that are generally in alphabetic order. A second part (starting in Box 5) consists of files on a wide range of topics that appear to be partially arranged alphabetically by subject. The next part (starting in Box 7) is arranged alphabetically. The last portion, smaller than the others (starting in Box 9), is comprised of files and loose materials in no apparent order. Materials pertaining to Humboldt County are found throughout the files and their presence is noted in the file entry in the container list.

The Container List contains the following information in this order:

  • File title – usually this is the title provided by Glady Strope; brackets [  ] are used when the processing archivist supplied a title for loose material.
  • Date or Date Range
  • Information about the folder’s contents beyond what is included in the File Title. Humboldt County material is noted. This information was added by the processing archivist.

Container List

Strope Collection

Box 1

  1. ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act; 1990 –PL-101-336
    1990-1994
    Comparisons of California and federal law
  2. Addicted Babies
    1985-1987
  3. AIDS Issues; Primarily Adults
    1985-1988

  4. CALIFORNIA COUNCIL ON MENTAL HEALTH
  5. Council Correspondence 1992 -
    1990-1992
    Primarily positions taken on pending California legislation
  6. Council Updates
    1994
    Newsletter of the California Mental Health Planning Council
  7. Speaking for California’s Children: Societal Abuses & Policy Reform
    1988
    Conference program
  8. Final Correspondence, thank-you, etc
    1993
    Copies of letters sent to public officials and constituency groups
  9. C.A.C. Policies and Procedures
    1986-1990
    Regarding the creation, purpose, and operations of the California Council on Mental Health
  10. C.A.C. Position Papers
    1982-1988
  11. Exempt Salary Schedule
    1990
    Office administration matter
  12. Mental Health Position Papers – Wilson, Feinstein
    1990
  13. Orientation for new council members
  14. State Hospital Property alternative use
    1986
  15. Department of Mental Health Proposed Reorganization
    1993
  16. San Diego Suit – et. al.
    1969-1993
    C.A.C. called upon to mediate in a 1989-1990 dispute
  17. Council - Misc.
    1970- 1992
    Pertains to CCMH activities, mission; includes agenda for June 1992 meeting
  18. Human Resources Development Plan
    1986
    California Department of Mental Health
  19. Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act
    Text of portion of bill
  20. [Speaking for California’s Children:  Societal Abuses and Policy Reform]
    1988
    Conference sponsored by Academy of California Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  21. Early MHAB Forum – Council’s Fort Mason Consumers Conference
    1981
  22. Council – Misc.
    1988-1989
    CCMH meeting agendas, pending legislation
  23. [California Mental Health Services Act]
    1987
  24. [C.A.C. Quarterly Meeting Reports]
    1979-1990
  25. Briefing Book; MH Issues; Pete Wilson/Loren [?]age
    1990
    three-ring binder of information

  26. BLOCK GRANTS – ADAMHA [Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration]; SAMHSA [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration]
  27. SAMSA Block Grant Plan for fy1995
  28. Federal Block Grants; ADAMHA - 1991; SAMHSA 1993-1994
  29. Block Grants; ADAMHA – Federal 1991; 1993
    Humboldt County material Includes a “program narrative” for United Indian Health Services’ Mental Health Program for 1990-1991 period
  30. SAMHSA Block Grants; Comments on 1994 Application

  31. BUDGET ISSUES; STATE/LOCAL; STATE PLANS
  32. CSAC Issue Papers; fy1989-90; Budgetary Issues
  33. May Revision – 1993
  34. [William] Bud Mayer’s Response to October Quarterly “enough money” flap; My letter to Bud – 1991; Transcription of Bud & John’s exchange during questions after Bud’s presentation
    1991
  35. Rate Reform Concept Paper; Health & Welfare Agency Summary; 1989 – Cliff’s work and Kim & Terry Parker [all items not in folder at time of processing]
    1989
  36. Budget Act of 1995-96
  37. [1994-95 Fiscal Year Cost Report Settlement Policy]
  38. [The Budget Process; You Really Do Matter; 1989]
  39. [California Department of Mental Health – State Plan, “Shared Vision” 1989-91]
  40. [A Message From Public Mental Health to the People of California, 1990]
  41. [California Laws & Regulations Relating to Mental Health Services, 1989]
  42. Misc. Budget
    1986-1995

Box 2

    CAMI – California Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  1. CAMI – Short-Doyle Option; Proposed Legislation
    1990-1995
    CAMI newsletters, proposed Short-Doyle Act amendment

  2. CHILDREN’S SERVICES – State, Federal & Local
  3. Children’s Charter – 1930
  4. Children with Aids
    1989–1991
  5. Children’s Mental Health Services Act – AB 3015
    1992-1993
  6. [California – The State of Our Children 1989]
  7. [Taking Care of Our Children – CeWaer, 1995]
  8. California Plan for Children’s Services; re: P.L. 99-660; Progress Review
    1992
  9. Children’s Mental Health Policy Board; project of the Tides Foundation
    1988
  10. [“Focal Point”, Fall1991/Winter1992]
  11. Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EDSDT)
    1991
    Proposal from California Department of Mental Health
  12. PSDT – OBRA; Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act 1989, State Medicaid
    Manual
    1989-1993
  13. Restriction of Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment of Minors with Adults; waiver provisions included
    1994
  14. Children’s Defense Fund
    1992
  15. SB243 Issues for Task Force consideration; Out of home placement levels, protocol, criteria, stats; Bergeson 2039 and all CRT data
    1988-1990
    Treatment programs for youth
  16. Facts for Families [from the] American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    1989-1990
  17. Gay/Lesbian Adolescents
  18. Egeland issues; counties responses & methodology
    1994
    Funding for services for children
  19. Programs, Children’s; Federal
    1981-1994
    Includes Eureka High School Service Learning program memo
  20. California Children’s Lobby
    1985
  21. Children’s issues and legislation
    1989-1993
    California legislation
  22. California Children’s Services County by County
    1986-1990
    Includes “Training Needs by Region and District” training needs of Humboldt County schools
  23. Mental Health Services for Children [article by ] June Tuma, 1989
  24. Every Student Succeeds Education Model
    1990
    California State Department of Education proposal
  25. TAPPN – Teenage Pregnancy & Parenting Network
    1989-1991
    Humboldt County program; includes statistics
  26. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics
    1988
  27. PIP Info. – Primary Intervention Program
    1988-1992
  28. Tipper’s remarks at Chicago; October 8, 1993 Nurses’ Association
    1992-1993
    Speeches, correspondence related to Tipper Gore
  29. Children/Youth – Current status and future directions; Abe Cliff, et al. Summary only
  30. Child Welfare Advisory Board
    1987
    Humboldt County advisory board
  31. Child Health & Disability Prevention Purpose/Eligibility
    1990
  32. [Humboldt County Interagency Committee-Report, 1985]
    Improving the Status of School-Community Delinquency Prevention Coordination
  33. Mental Health Lay Project
    1988-1989
  34. Little Hoover Commission Children’s Services Delivery System in California”
    1987
  35. [Humboldt County – Prevention programs; 1994-95]
    Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council, CASA, Humboldt Prevention Network
  36. [“Focal Point”; 1989 - 90]
    Research Center at Portland State University
  37. [Children and Youth Committee – CMHPC –1993]
  38. “MAT” [Multi-Agency Team] Teams – Local, Placer
    1988-1994
    Contains some Humboldt County material
  39. Mental Health Plan; with updated Children’s Requirements; f.y. 1992-93
  40. Local Children’s Programs
    1985- 1994
    Humboldt County material

  41. CHILD ADVOCACY; CMHACY California, Mental Health Advocates for Children/Youth
  42. Humboldt County Community Development Study on Families, Children and Youth
    1993
  43. Child Advocate Questionnaires
  44. Egelund Data; Fair Share for Children Formula
    1994
  45. [Advocacy – loose materials; 1990-1992]
    Most related to the needs of children
  46. CMHACY [California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth] – Advocacy
    1988-1991
  47. John Buffington’s “Vision” Committee
    1988-1989
    Humboldt County committee
  48. First Children Advocate’s Manual – Prepared by Betsy Burke, Glady Strope for Asilomar meeting – 1989-90
  49. Advocacy Manual – Children & Adolescents: Advocacy, Systems of Care, Legislation, Children & Youth Issues, Appendix
    1990-1991
  50. Christopher T. Case; plus Butte County C.T. Rap; Consent Decree, 8 May 1985
  51. [Humboldt County Family, Children and Youth….Study; 1993] by Marianne Pennekamp
  52. “Moments in California”
  53. Misc. Children/Youth Advocacy
    1980-1995
    Includes memo, testimony, and presentation by Glady Strope
  54. Values for Child Centered Mental Health System
    1993

  55. CLOZAPINE (CLOZARIL)
  56. Closipine (Closaril – Sandos)
    1989-1992

  57. CALIFORNIA COALITION
  58. [California Coalition for Mental Health; 1993-1994]

  59. GOVERNORS APPOINTEES INFO; Forms, letters, orientation material
  60. [Advisory Appointee Orientation Manual; 1985]
  61. Governors Appointment Info.
    1993
  62. Appointment General Information

  63. GOVERNANCE MODELS
  64. Governance Models; Art Bolton - Predictions
    1992
  65. Ohio – 508 Guidelines
    1988
  66. Governance Models; Colorado (Denver)
    1986-1993
Box 3
    HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
  1. [Mrs. Mental Health; by Laurel Strope-Mangos]
    An affectionate family view of Glady’s advocacy work
  2. Landmark Legislation for Children
  3. Egelund Issues; Early stuff thru current
    1978-1994
  4. Jamison v. Farabee; Advocacy Consent Decree, 1983
    1983-1984
    Re: Napa State Hospital

  5. HOMELESS – HOUSING ISSUES
  6. PATH Grant (Homeless)
    1993-1994
  7. Housing, Residential Homes, Fair Housing Amendments
    1989-1994
  8. Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988 – in effect 4/89
  9. Insurance Issues and Legislation
    1985 – 1986

  10. LEGISLATION: Landmark & Current
  11. Historical Perspectives
    1977-1986
  12. Managed Care
    1994
  13. [Legislative Bulletin; County Supervisors Assoc. of CA – 1989]
  14. Doe v. Gallinot; July ’85; Summary of Recommendations
  15. Legislative Update; Current -11/95; Chaptered Bills
  16. Older Adults; Bergeson – Confidentiality; Mello – Task Force
    1989-1990
  17. [Children’s Services 1980-1992]
  18. Entitlement Legislation
    1988
  19. Governor’s Veto Messages; 1994
  20. Riese v. St. Mary’s (formerly Spencer v. St M’s)
    1989
  21. SB 895 – Dan McCorquodale; Restraints and Seclusion; Pts. Rights
    1993
  22. Out of Home Placement Task Force SB243
    1990
  23. Legislation Children’s; AB 3632
    1987-1990
  24. Working with Legislators
    1990
  25. Children’s Legislation; Landmark; Mandates without funding
  26. Miscellaneous Legislation; Bill Analysis etc; Council Positions
    1985-1994

  27. MANAGED CARE ISSUES
  28. Managed Care; Fee-for-service Medi-Cal; Short-Doyle Medi-Cal Data
    1993
  29. Managed Care Issues; Managed Competition Manual, Preliminary Reports
    1985-1993

  30. MEETING NOTES
  31. Meeting Notes; Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Steve Siegal, National Scientific Symposium, Sid Gardner
    1991

  32. MENTAL HEALTH BOARD OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY
  33. [Humboldt County Mental Health;1992-1993]
  34. MHAB Children’s Committee
    1989-1991
    Some documents describe services in Humboldt County
  35. Community Awareness Committee
    1979-1989
  36. Resolution; Board of Supervisors
    1991
    Regarding Gladys Strope
  37. Mental Health Boards & Committees; Brown Act Amendments
    1993
  38. Bagley/Keene Open Meeting Act; Maddy Act – Some Brown Act
    1986-1987
  39. Brown Act (Public Hearings)
    1986-1992
  40. MHAB Committee Work
    1988-1989
    Includes By Laws
  41. PATH Grant, ’94-’95; Homeless McKinney Fund
  42. Mike O’Connor’s Reflections
    1995
  43. Patient Flow Data; 1995
    Humboldt County Statistics
  44. Statement of Function; 91-95 Comparisons
    Humboldt County Information
  45. Legislation, Local MHBs and Mental Health Commissions; Parliamentary Procedure
    1976-1994
  46. Board Training
    1981-1993

  47. CALIFORNIA MENTAL HEALTH PLANNING COUNCIL
  48. Master Plan for Mental Health; Original 904 info; Art Bolton’s “predictions”
    1989-1991
  49. Strategic Plan for State Hospital Resources; Planning Council
    1992-1994
  50. [Planning and Council Functions; 1993-1994]
  51. Mental Health System Overview; Client Data-Budget Data-Service Data; Realignment-Rehab Option; Managed Care Plan; Constituency Groups; Legislative Process
    1989-1993

  52. NATIONAL HEALTH PLAN
  53. [Health Security:  President’s Report to the American People; 1993
    Report to the President from the President’s Commission on Mental Health; 1978]
  54. President’s Commission on Mental Health; Rosalyn Carter, Priscilla Allen
    1977
  55. National Health Plan
    1993

  56. OLDER ADULTS
  57. Mental Health Plan for Older Adults
    1991
    Humboldt County material
  58. Depression and the Elderly [in six languages]
    1990
  59. Older Adults; Craig’s [Schweon] Testimony for Senate
    1990
  60. Aged to Perfection:  Your Guide to Healthy Aging
    Includes cassette tape
  61. Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center
    Includes information on program of Senior Resource Center in Eureka
  62. [State of California Departments of Mental Health and Aging:  A compendium of services, programs, and local government resources to serve the Elderly population]
    1988
  63. Legislation – Aging - Mello
    1989-1990
  64. Brain-Impaired Adults
    1988-1990
    Some material from Humboldt Coalition for the Traumatically Brain Injured
  65. Older Adults
    1992
    Some Humboldt County materialOHMAB; Organization of Mental Health Advisory Boards
  66. OMHAB; Miscellaneous
    1984-1993
  67. OMHAB Enabling  Legislation; 1985-Bylaws
    1978-1985

Box 4

    STATE POC COMM.; PERFORMANCE OUTCOME
  1. Performance Outcome Committee
    1992-1993
  2. POC
    1992
  3. Performance Outcome Measures; Children and Adolescents
    1994
  4. Performance Outcome Measures
    1991-1993
    Contains some Humboldt County material
  5. Performance Outcome Committee; Lewin Memo
    1991-1992
  6. Performance Outcome Committee
    1992
  7. POC Current
    1991-1993
  8. Performance Outcome Committee
    1991-1992

  9. PATIENTS RIGHTS
  10. Roger S. Guidelines
    1977-1988
  11. Children’s Rights  Roger S.
    1980-1994
  12. Consumers Bill of Rights; Priscilla Allen
    1974
  13. Patient’s Rights; Children/Adolescents
    1986-1990
  14. Protection and Advocacy [Incorporated]
    1987-1989
  15. Minor’s Rights Handbook
    1989
  16. Patient’s Rights-Misc.; Protection & Advocacy etc
    1987-1993
  17. Original Patient’s Rights Legislation; Tom Bates Bill, AB595
    1981
    PL 99-660; PLANNING COUNCIL; PREVALENCE STUDIES (Mostly Ken Meinhardt’s work)
  18. PL 99-660 Children’s Comm.
    1992
  19. PL99-660 – Roster; Sub-committees
    1992
  20. [California Mental Health Planning Council meeting materials, roster, correspondence]
    1993-1994
  21. [1992-93 California Mental Health Plan]
    1992
  22. Planning Council – Misc.; Transition Legislation
    1992-1994
  23. PL 99-660 Council
    1991-1992
  24. Prevalence Studies (Ken M. & others); Needs Assessment (mostly Ken’s); Epidemiologic Studies; Demographic Data
    1984-1993
  25. PHF – Regs [Psychiatric Health Facilities]
    1987-1995

  26. PREVENTION ISSUES; PROJECT REDWOOD GROVE
  27. 3015 Bid Form; Humboldt County Kids Stats
    1990-1993
    Includes 1993 proposal submitted by Humboldt County for Interagency System of Care

  28. PREVENTION
  29. National Prevention Coalition; PEW Foundation
    1990-1995
    Includes three issues of Humboldt Prevention Network, 1994-95

  30. REALIGNMENT
  31. Realignment – Misc.
    1991-1995
  32. Realignment Survey Forms
    1991-1994
  33. Realignment Issues
    1991-1994
  34. Realignment Survey Instrument
    1991
  35. Realignment Impact County to County
    1991-1992

  36. REVENUE ENHANCEMENT; FUNDING MODELS; GOVERNANCE MODELS
  37. Governance – National; Linda’s [Glenn] presentation for joint Council & Directors Asilomar meeting
    1991
  38. Funding Models; Shore – ELPERS; Public Authority
    1986
  39. Funding (Historical)
    1990
    Short-Doyle Program
  40. Revenue Enhancement; Title 4E/Title XIX
    1990
  41. Resource Development Work Group
    1990
    Governance models
  42. Rehabilitation; Re-hab Option
    1987-1990
  43. Re-hab Option; Children now included
    1989-1992
  44. Revenue Enhancement Re-hab Option; Linda Glenn
    1988
  45. [Report on the Mental Health Governance Study; California]
    1993
  46. [National Trends in Developing Comprehensive Community-Based Service Systems]
    1988

  47. SELF-ESTEEM TASK FORCE
  48. [Toward A State Of Esteem; California Task Force to Promote Self-esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility]
    1990
  49. Self Esteem
    1989-1990

  50. SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN & YOUTH
  51. Select Committee on Children & Youth; Bruce Bronzon
    1983-1985

Box 5

    SIACSOC; STATE INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON SYSTEMS OF CARE
  1. SIACSOC – Agency Council Systems of Care for C/Y
    1990-1991
  2. SIACSOC; State Interagency Council on Systems of Care
    1990

  3. AB 3777; ADULT SYSTEM OF CARE
  4. Three Triple Seven; Adult System of Care Legislation; AB 3777 Original Bill & Chaptered Version
    1988-1989

  5. VENTURA MODEL; CHILDREN’S SYSTEM OF CARE; AB 3777, AB 3015, MISC VENTURA
  6. Ventura – Misc. & 3015 Amendments; Ventura Replication
    1985-1992
  7. Randy’s [Randall Feltman] Testimony for Ventura Model for George Miller’s Select Committee on Children and Youth
    1987
  8. Ventura Model; Cathie Wright; AB 3920, 1985
    1985-1989
  9. Advocacy Children and Youth; 377 Ventura Replication
    1987-1990

  10. VOLUNTEERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH – MISC.
  11. Ten Commandments of Human Relationships
  12. Volunteer Code of Ethics
  13. News Letters  Volunteers
    1985
  14. Media Information
    1974-1990
  15. Internships
    1984
  16. Volunteers Pledge
  17. Volunteers Do’s and Don’ts
  18. Time Sheets
  19. Volunteer Documents  Samples
  20. Volunteer Reports; Blank Time Sheets
    1985
  21. Volunteer Workshop Material
    1984
  22. Volunteers Responsibilities
  23. Correspondence & Memos
    1985
  24. V-COR & RSVP; Newsletter/Pamphlets
    1994-1995
  25. Volunteer Center of the Redwoods; RSVP - AIAA
    1993

  26. WELL BEING PROJECT; STAYING WELL RESOURCE PACKAGE
  27. Well Being Project; Client Network
  28. Staying Well Resource Package; Grades 5-12
    Cassette tapes and teacher’s guide
    1984

  29. WHOLE CHILD INTERAGENCY COUNCIL
    Humboldt County Materials throughout these files
  30. Whole Child; Misc.
    1989-1995
  31. The Whole Child – Responses; Mine and Others!; 3/91 Testimony
    1991
  32. “The Whole Child”; Grand Jury – 1989-1990
    1989-1995
  33. The Whole Child
    1990-1995
  34. Interagency Glossary
  35. Interagency Partnerships and Responsibility

  36. PETE WILSON’S AGENDA FOR THE 90s
  37. The Wilson Agenda for the 90s; Prevention, State of the State, Structural Reform, Cal/BPA Budget Press Conference
    1991-1995

  38. WORKING WITH THE MEDIA
  39. Press Packet
    1994-1995
    Volunteer Center of the Redwoods
  40. Bud’s [William Mayer] Visit; Mental Health Forum, Dinner, Reception, etc.
    1991
  41. Media – Misc.
    1989-1995
  42. Media; Dealing with Laufer Manual; Hum. Co. Publicity Handbook
    1986-1994
  43. Working with the Media
    1991
  44. PSA’s – Mental Health Month – Media Info.
    1985-1991
  45. Sample Press and/or Electronic Media Releases; Public Forum for Bud [William] Mayer
    1991

  46. BOOKS ON SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, MENTALLY DISORDERED OFFENDERS, NETWORK OF CALIF. M.H. CLIENTS; “PEOPLE SAY I’M CRAZY”; MISC.
  47. [Project Challenge, Humboldt County Jail/Treatment Proposal, 1990]
  48. [Books/Reports on Mental Health]
    1978-1990

  49. [From Box 5, Folder 41 - Box 6, Folder 56 there are no subject divisions in the organization of the folders, nor are they in alphabetical or chronological order]
  50. Cultural Competence Committee; Standards from the Humboldt Co. Mental Health Comm.
    1995
  51. Adult Day Care Data, by county
    1988-1991
  52. OBRA Issues; Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act ’89; Also ADA
    1989
  53. Misc. Legislation; 5 Chaptered Bills; Bates not yet – 2 year bill
    1990-1994
  54. California Household Mental Health Survey, 1992; Ken Meinhardt, et all
  55. Alzheimer’s Newsletter
    1990-1995
    Humboldt Senior Resource Center
  56. Points of Light Foundation; Volunteer Info.
    1993-1994
  57. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; Washington D.C.; Action Alerts
    1995
  58. Minors Using Controlled Substances
    1990
  59. Availability of Medi-Cal Eligibility Data; MEDS – Medical Eligibility Data System
    1995
  60. Dual Diagnosis; RFP and Position Papers
    1986-1989
  61. Vasco’s [Vasconcellos] “Smart Budget,” 1993
  62. John Vasconcellos – Budget Article & “Don Vascos” Cal. Mag – 10/87
    1987-1991
  63. MediCal In-Patient Consolidation
    1995
  64. Involuntary Commitment Flow Charts; Conservatorship Issues
    1990
  65. PATH Grant info.; Programs to Assist in Transition from Homelessness
    1995-1996
    Humboldt County Mental Health grant, renewal application
  66. Children’s Committee - Planning Council
    1994
  67. “Alphabet Soup”; Acronyms from Education, Social Services & Mental Health
  68. Public Finance of the Mental Health System in California; 1977-1990
  69. Department of Mental Health; Proposed Reorganization; Steve’s [Mayberg] Plan
    1993
  70. 1994-95 [Humboldt County] Grand Jury Report, Mental Health Section
  71. PIE – Policy Information Exchange; Mental Health Policy Resource Center, Washington D.C.
  72. Consumer Involvement; Community Support System
    1991-1994
  73. Closure Plans for Stockton Development Center
    1995
  74. Portland State; Clearinghouse Info.
    1989
  75. Suicide Prevention Handbook; [In His Brothers Footsteps]
  76. Depression
    1994
  77. Short-Doyle/Medi-Cal Issues
    1995
  78. Fair Political Practices Commission; Forms, etc
    1993
  79. Declaration of Conscience – f.y. 88/89; California Psychiatric Association and Chiefs of psychiatry at California’s Medical Schools
  80. Day Treatment Program Goals; Intensive/Habilitative
    1988-1990
  81. Speech Addresses; David Mechanic, John Carver, Art Bolton
    1979-1986
  82. Schizophrenia Research; P.E.T.; U.C. Irvine
  83. Psychiatric Aspects of Anxiety, Frieda Fromm-Reichman; With Bibliography from Adler to Zilboorg; 1917-1953
  84. Points of Light Program/Proposal for Child Advocates Award
    1990-1993

Box 6

  1. Predictions – Art Bolton; A look at the M.H. System in 2015
    1990
  2. Family Survival Project; S.F. Bay Area
    1979-1987
  3. Developmental Disabilities
    1988
  4. Disaster Plan [Humboldt County Mental Health Disaster Plan]
    1990
  5. Psychopharmacology; Dr. K Ball, 10-87
    1987
  6. News Articles Mental Health
    1984-1994
  7. Equity Issues
    1989
  8. California Institute for Mental Health; California Mental Health Directors Association
    1994-1995
  9. Medicare Carriers Manual; Claims Process
    1990
  10. Diane Feinstein; Mental Health Position Paper
  11. Psychiatry, Psycho therapeutic Management, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychopathology of Children, S. Cohen: Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest; d. Mechanic Challenge of Chronic Mental Illness – Retrospective & Prospective; Risk Factors for Staff, etc, etc
    1978-1994
  12. [United Indian Health Services, Healthy Nations Project Proposal, Parts 1 and 2, 1993]; Removed from collection and placed in HSU Library’s Humboldt Room
  13. Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop; Dave’s [Neilsen] Project
  14. Nadar Report, Rating of State by State Programs; E. Fuller Torry; NAMI Bias
    1988
  15. Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
    1993-1994
  16. [Institute for Mental Health Services Research – ten reports from the “Working Paper Series”]
    1990-1994
  17. The Journal – CAMI; California Alliance for the Mentally Ill
    1996
  18. Budget Issues; State/Local
    1994
  19. Fact Sheet; California Council on Mental Health
  20. Council Update; Supported Housing Info
    1994-1995
  21. Changes in Short-Doyle Medical Claiming
    1995
  22. “Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Susan Cohen; CAMI Perspective
    1995
  23. Bonding and Attachment; Perspectives for Parents, Providers & Professionals
    1987-1990
  24. PIP – Primary Intervention Program
    1990
  25. Children’s Issues; 377 Ventura – Randy’s 1991 Testimony
    1990-1994
    Includes documents from the Humboldt County Mental Health Advisory Board’s Children’s Committee, 1990-1992
  26. Job Description for Children’s Committee Chair of Mental Health Board & Info.
  27. As Advocates We Can Make It Happen; Chris Young, Ohio
    1977-1992
  28. CMHACY – “The Meeting of the Century”;  BEST EVER; 4/17-19/1991
    1989-1992
    Includes information on Humboldt County’s School Based Children’s Services Program as it was nominated for an award
  29. Client Networks; Woods Gazette – local; Network News - state
    1995
    Includes two issues of Moods Gazette, a Humboldt County publication
  30. Facts for Families; American Academy of Child Psychiatry
    1989-1990
  31. Housing
    1996
  32. Immigration & Reform Act – IRCA; State Legalization Impact Assistance Grants - SLIAG
    1990
  33. Institute for Mental Health Services Research; The-wei [Hu] & Lonnie’s [Snowden] material on Asians use on MH services
    1990
  34. Alameda – Marye Thomas’ program
    1992
  35. Legislation
    1992-1993
  36. Managed Care; Final Draft!
    1993-1995
    Includes Humboldt County Department of Mental Health document
  37. Rehabilitation Option and Targeted Case Management Revisions
    1995
  38. Older Adults
    1990-1995
  39. Older Adults; Craig’s [Schweon] presentation to Senate Health [committee]
    1988-1990
    Includes two booklets by the Area 1 Agency on Aging, Eureka
  40. National Research Plan; Child & Adolescent Mental Disorders
  41. Planning Council
    1993-1994
  42. P.O.C. Performance Outcome Issues/Protocol/Pilot Studies
    1992-1993
  43. Realignment Overview & Current Issues
    1991-1995
  44. Robert Wood Johnson info.; Abs’ Mosaic Project – S.F.; Out-of-home placement info.
    1990-1994
  45. Self Esteem
    1989
  46. 3 Triple 7 – AB3777; Integrated Services for Adults
    1994
  47. John’s [Buffington] Vision Committee; Early day – committee formation
    1990
    Humboldt County Communitywide Vision Project
  48. Proposal; John Buffington’s Service Unification
    1989
    Humboldt County material
  49. Conference Report:  Improving Local MH Services in the Criminal Justice System
    1995
  50. Volunteerism
    1992-1996
  51. Ventura Project; Randy Feltman; AB 3920
    1985-1994
  52. M.H. Response to Child Welfare League of America Recommendations
    1994-1995
    Humboldt County Mental Health Response to CWLA Recommendations
  53. Special Education
    1993-1996
  54. Suicide Prevention
    1986-1990
    Humboldt County Mental Health Special Report, “Suicide”
  55. Pamphlets, monographs, Articles; Friends Can Be Good Medicine Questionnaire
    1991-1996
  56. Pamphlets, Brochures, Misc.; one pagers
    1989-1996
    Some Humboldt County material

[Set of alphabetical files starts here]

Box 7

  1. Adult System of Care
    1997-2001
    Much of folder contents pertain to Humboldt County
  2. State Advisory Groups; Changes “Sunset” dates; pursuant to AB 1078; Bruce Bronzan
    1993
  3. “Alphabet Soup”
    Abbreviations explained
  4. ADD/ADHD
    1997-1999
    Humboldt County material
  5. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; ALERT plus Federal Legislation
    1996-1999
  6. Board of Supervisors Agendas
    1997
    Humboldt County materials
  7. B/S 1998 [Board of Supervisors]
    Humboldt County materials
  8. B/S 1999 [Board of Supervisors]
    Humboldt County materials
  9. B/S 2000 [Board of Supervisors]
    2000-2001
    Humboldt County material
  10. Block Grants – SAMHSA; Federal money; Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
    1996-2001
    Humboldt County material
  11. Blended Funding; LA Model
    1996
  12. Budget/Local
    1994-2000
    Includes some Humboldt County material
  13. Budget-State; 1996-97
    1996-2000
    Includes some Humboldt County material
  14. Cal Association of Local Mental Health Boards & Commissions
    1996-1997
  15. CALM Board; Meetings, Misc./Info
    1996-2001
  16. California Endowment
    1999
  17. Cal WORKS
    1998
    Humboldt County material
  18. CMHACY [California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth]; Conference Materials
    1987-2000
  19. Newsletter – CMHDA; California Mental Health Directors Association
    1997-2000
  20. CASRA – Betty Dahlquist; California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies
    1997-1999
  21. Children’s Defense Fund; Agency Tool Kit
    1998
  22. Egelund Issues; Children’s Issues
    1989-1997
    Some Humboldt County material
  23. Children’s Planning Group
    1994-1997
  24. Planning Council – C/Y; Committee, Welfare reform effects on Children, TANF regs., Teen parents, SSI kids; Children’s Committee; Minutes – MH Planning Council
    1990-2000
  25. CAMI – Statement; California Alliance for the Mentally Ill
    1996-2000
    Some Humboldt County material
  26. Client Satisfaction Survey – A.S.O.C.
    1997
    Humboldt County material
  27. Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, etc.
    1997-2001
    Some Humboldt County material
  28. Conferences, Meetings, etc.
    1996-2000
    Some Humboldt County material
  29. Conflict of Interest
    1998-2000
    Humboldt County material
  30. CQI
    1996-1997
    Humboldt County material
  31. CQI; Continued [?] Quality Insurance
    1996-1997
    Humboldt County material
  32. Cultural Competence; Medi-cal Consolidation; Cultural Competence Requirements for Implementation Plan-Phase II
    1997-1998
    Humboldt County material
  33. Cultural Competence; Issues, Articles and Reports
    1996-1997
  34. Director’s Reports; 1997-1998; Linda Hartman
    1997-1999
    Humboldt County material
  35. Director’s Reports; Linda’s 1999-2000
    1997-2001
    Humboldt County material
  36. D.M.H. Directives
    1992-1995
  37. DMH Directives; Information letters
    1996
  38. DMH; DMH Letters & Info notices, 1997
  39. DMH; DMH – Infos & Letters, 1998
  40. DMH; DMH Infos, Letters, etc, 1999
    1999-2001
  41. Drugs & Alcohol; Impact in Humboldt County
    1995-2001
    Humboldt County material
  42. MHB; Dual Diagnosis
    1996-2000
  43. E.S.P./COOP; Bob VanFleet & Michael; Employment Services Program COOP; Humboldt County Mental Health & Dept. of Rehabilitation; Steve Ekstrom’s Follow-up Consultation
    1997-1998
    Humboldt County material
  44. California Endowment; Blue Cross
    1997
  45. EPSDT – Early periodic screening, diagnosis & treatment
    1991-1998
    Humboldt County material
  46. Facts for Families; American Academy of Child Psychiatry
    1989-1990
  47. Fair Political Practices Comm; Financial Disclosure, Conflict of Interest; Form 700
    1998-2000
  48. Family Preservation and Support Program; 5 year plan
    1997
    Some Humboldt County material
  49. Family/Professional Partnership; Development Plan - 1995
    1995-1999
    Some Humboldt County material
  50. Fetal-Infant Mortality Review; Child Death Review Team
    1997
    Humboldt County material
  51. Focal Point
    1994-2000

Box 8

  1. Group Home Placements; Children and Youth; ’93-‘94
    1993-1996
    Humboldt County material
  2. Healthy Families State Program
    1998-1999
  3. M.H. Happenings [Mental Health Happenings]
    1995-2000
    Humboldt County material
  4. Health & Human Services; AB 1259 Strategic Plan
    2000
    Humboldt County material
  5. History – Mental Health; updated January, 1996
    1984-1996
    Humboldt County Mental Health history by Gladys Strope
  6. Healthline
    1998-2000
    California HealthCare Foundation
  7. Housing Issues
    1996-1999
    Humboldt County material
  8. Human Services Cabinet; Humboldt County
    1996-2000
    Humboldt County material
  9. Institute for Mental Health; Sandy Diksa et. al.
    1992-1997
  10. Infant Mortality Review
    1997-1998
    Humboldt County material
  11. Insurance/Parity Issues
    1996
    Some Humboldt County material
  12. Insurance/Parity Issues
    1997-1999
    Some Humboldt County material
  13. IRCA – Federal Immigration Reform & Control Act
    1994-1997
  14. Jerry [Brown] Moonbeam; Bid for Mayor
  15. Enrolled and Chaptered Bills; Leg. Summary Reports
    1995-2000
  16. SB 651 – Cathy Wright; Copy of Chaptered Bill – Ch. 489; Cal MHS/C Issues;  Judie Bradley correspondence
    1997
  17. Latency – Clinical Intervention
    1995
  18. LPS Revision
    1999-2000
  19. Legislation
    1991-2000
  20. “Little Hoover Commission”; Linda’s [Hartman] Testimony on Rural Mental Health
    1999-2000
    Some Humboldt County material
  21. Managed Care – Implementation Contracts; All “boilerplate”
    1996-1998
    Humboldt County material
  22. Managed Care; Issues Specific to Children/Youth
    1997
  23. Managed Care Implementation
    1997
    Some Humboldt County material
  24. Managed Care Revisions – 9/97
    1996-2001
    Some Humboldt County material
  25. Managed Care Timelines
    1994-2000
    Humboldt County material
  26. Master Plan; California Mental Health Master Plan – AB 904; Farr: Statutes of 1989
    1991-1994
  27. Media – Friend or Foe; Jessica Laufer; Press sign-ins
    1988-1989
  28. MediCal MH Waiver
    1999
  29. Mental Health By-laws; Signed 1/97; Current; (needs revisions to comply with SB 651)
    1993-1996
    Humboldt County material
  30. Mental Health Board Committee Lists
    1996-2000
    Humboldt County material
  31. MHB & Commissions – Annual Reports; Mine – Don’s [London]
    1997-1999
    Humboldt County material
  32. M.H.B. Minutes; 1995-1996-1997
    1995-2001
    Humboldt County material
  33. Ex. Board - MHB
    1996-2000
    Humboldt County material
  34. MHB BEST program
    1997-1999
    Some Humboldt County material – Humboldt Access Project newsletter
  35. MHB Travel; Reimbursement Policy
    1996-2000
    Humboldt County material
  36. M.H.B. Minutes 1998-1999; [some] 2000
    1998-2001
    Humboldt County material
  37. Mental Health Law; Book Catalog
  38. Mental Health Reform
    2000
  39. Children’s [Sub]Committee MHB Minutes 1996-’97-’98, ‘99, 2000, 2001
    Humboldt County material
  40. Correspondence MHB
    1996-2000
    Humboldt County material
  41. Children’s Committee; Mental Health Board
    2001
    Humboldt County material
  42. Children Committee – M.H.B.
    1996
    Some Humboldt County material
  43. Children’s Networks; Interagency Councils
    1977-1987
    Some Humboldt County material
  44. Mental Health, U.S. 1996;  Bob [Freidman] and Judy [Katz-Leavy] Prevalence Studies 
  45. Medical Care for Minors; changes in code section
    1997
  46. Cathie Wright Center
    1998
  47. NAMI; Humboldt [National Alliance for the Mentally Ill]
    1999-2001
    Some Humboldt County material
  48. NASMHPD; National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
    1997
  49. NETwork; Humboldt Community
    1997-2001
    Humboldt County material
  50. News Articles
    1989-2000
    Some Humboldt County material, including newsletters from Humboldt County groups
  51. New Horizons; Juvenal Detention Program
    Humboldt County material
  52. Orientation, Mental Health Board
    1998-2000
    Some Humboldt County material

Box 9

  1. Pamphlets, Brochures, etc.
    Some Humboldt County material
  2. Patient Flow Data; 1991-1995; Mental Health Department
    Humboldt County material
  3. Humboldt Prevention Network
    1997-1998
    Humboldt County material – Prevention Network newsletters
  4. Performance Outcome; Children/Youth
    1993-2000
  5. Performance Outcome; Adults
    1993-2000
    Some Humboldt County material
  6. Public Awareness; Sample Media Plans
    1991-1998
    Some Humboldt County material
  7. Public Awareness; Minutes – (mostly 99) and Misc.
    1996-2000
    Some Humboldt County material
  8. Recovery Issues; Adult System of Care
    2000
  9. Review Portal for Consolidated M.H. Services
    2000
  10. Redwood Review; Day Treatment Center; August 1997
    Humboldt County material
  11. Realignment
    1991-1997
  12. Rehabilitation, Psycho-Social, Rehab Options, etc.
    1996-1997
    Some Humboldt County material
  13. Retreat [Humboldt County Mental Health Advisory Board] -1991
    Humboldt County material
  14. Self Help Center
    1995-2000
    Some Humboldt County materials
  15. Making It Happen; SED Kids [Seriously Emotionally Disturbed]
  16. SOC Data Collection; Children- Illiana’s Work
    1996-1997
    Some Humboldt County material
  17. Special Edge; I.D.E.A.[Individuals with Disabilities Act]
    1996-2001
  18. State Review Team Report
    1999-2000
    Humboldt County material
  19. Statistical Summary; Monthly Reports
    1997-2000
    Humboldt County material
  20. Tardive Dyskinesea; One perspective
    1998-2000
    Some Humboldt County material
  21. Teens – Health and Wellness Needs
    1999
    Humboldt County material
  22. Transfer Info [regarding funding]
    1991-1998
    Humboldt County material
  23. Transfer Issues [regarding funding]
    1994-1999
    Humboldt County material
  24. Transfer – July 1997; News stories [regarding funding]
    1997-1999
    Humboldt County material
  25. Transition Years; Age 14-21
  26. Tuscon Model; “Reasons for Hope” – Denis Embry
    1996
  27. UNDAP; Uniform Method Of Determining Ability to Pay
    1998
  28. Volunteer Stationery Samples
    Humboldt County material; Glady Strope’s statement of volunteer philosophy and description of the volunteers’ activities
  29. Web sites
    2000
  30. Welfare Reform; CalWORKS; Monica Oss – (Open Minds)
    1996-1998
    Some Humboldt County material
  31. Welfare Reform; C.S.A.C. – Flexibility; Lynn DeLapp’s paper
    1998
    Some Humboldt County material
  32. Whole Child
    1993-1998
    Humboldt County material

[Files and materials from GLADY STROPE in 2005. Some items were loose and others were in files.]

  1. Appointments - State
    1985
  2. Gladie – Activities, Awards
    1940?- 1966
    Includes Glady’s HSU sorority information, an article on Glady’s work in the Eureka Children’s Theater, and a mental health advisory board activity invitation
  3. Volunteer Speech:  “Volunteers For Mental Health – A Rewarding Experience”
  4. Speeches – Mine and Others
    1967 – 1992
  5. Testimony; Senate Appropriations
    1990
  6. Testimony; Diane Watson’s Hearings – Health and Human Services
    1980
  7. [Humboldt County Mental Health – loose materials]
    1996 – 2003
  8. Annual Kids Report
    2002
  9. Mental Health Dept., Patient Flow Data
    1995
  10. I.D.A. Material
    1997 – 2002
    Infant Development Association; some Humboldt County material
  11. Wellness and Recovery Task Force
    2002
  12. “Ins and Outs for Volunteers”
  13. CMACY Award Proposals
    1991
    Children’s mental health programs in Humboldt County
  14. Ronnie Schwartz
    2002
    Summary of conference proceedings:  Building on Family Strengths:  Research and Services in Support of Children and Their Families
  15. Council Correspondence
    1989 -1992
  16. SAMHSA Grants
    2002
    Humboldt County material
  17. Rosters - State/Local
  18. [Humboldt Senior Resource Center]
    1999
    “Reflections 1974 – 1999”
  19. [Newsletters]
    2002 – 2005
    Humboldt Community NETwork, Humboldt County Health and Human Services News, North Coast Clinics Network News, Hospice of Humboldt – Reflections
  20. Performance Outcome Material
    1999 - 2002

Bibliography

The Alumnus; “Strope named in Who’s Who.” Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) July 1978; p. 1.

Strope, Charles; “Times Printing Company”; The Humboldt Historian; Humboldt County Historical Society (Eureka, CA)  Summer 1997; pp 26-33.

Wood, Susan and Judy Hodson; “Out of the Darkness.” North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Oct 21, 1999; cover story.

Strope, Glady Smith; Oral History interview conducted by Patsy Givins; 8/19/1999, 8/26/1999, 9/1/1999 three tapes; Humboldt County Historical Society, Eureka, CA. This interview covers three generations of Glady’s family as well as the unfolding of her career as a volunteer advocate for mental health services.

Related Works

Resume 1992

GLADYS M. STROPE
2730 Dolbeer Street
Eureka, CA 95501
707/442-2581 (home)
707/445-7234

September 1992

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1967-present
Director of Volunteers for Community Mental Health Services, Eureka, CA (unpaid volunteer)

  • Responsible for organization of volunteers when Sempervirens, the inpatient psychiatric unit, was opened at Humboldt Medical Center in 1967.
  • Appointed in 1964 by the Directory of Mental Health Services to act as liaison between the community and Mental Health Services.

Additional (since 1953)

  • Organized, directed and produced a TV pilot program series “See How They Grow” for the University of California and California Congress of Parents and Teachers.  This was a 13-week series with three half-hour shows each week on all phases of child growth and development.  (1953)
  • Organized and conducted a Children’s Theater stressing creative dramatics for ages 4 through 18.  (1955-1960)
  • Worked with MHS in massive community efforts involving many local organizations, groups, clubs—both social and service—in promoting the idea of Mental Health Services for our county.  This included an extensive survey (3,000 persons—108 agencies) to determine the need.  (1958-1964)  An out-patient clinic was opened in 1964.
  • Member of the sub-committee on Mentally Disordered Adults of the Governor’s Task Force for re-writing the Five Year Plan for Mental Health in California.  (1971-1973)
  • Organized a World Community Service Project involving 43 countries, as a special project for the Rotary Anns of District 513, during the year my husband was District Governor of Rotary International.  These projects all dealt with health, mental health, or in some cases, education of women and children in many of the developing countries of the Rotary world.  (1971-1972)
  • Acted as liaison between our community and our newly organized State Department of Health at the invitation of Dr. Earl Brich, then Secretary of Health and Welfare Agency, State of California.  (1972-1973)
  • Lay representative of our State Department of Health while in Geneva, Switzerland in meeting with officials of UN and WHO.  (May 1973)
  • Organized a volunteer program for Beverly Manor, a long-term psychiatric facility.  (1973)
  • Planned, participated in, and handled all publicity for an In-service Training Program for Community Mental Health Services of Humboldt County, dealing with all phases of mental illness from prevention to treatment and from addiction to psychopathology.  This course was 120 hours and ran throughout the year.  (1973-1974)

HONORS AND AWARDS

1966-present

  • Governor’s Award for “the most outstanding contribution to Community Mental Health in California” in 1965-66.  Presented at the California Association for Mental Health annual banquet by Governor Edmund G. Brown.  (1966)
  • “Strope Wing” was added to Sempervirens, local Inpatient Psychiatric Facility.  (1968)
  • Received the first “OSA”—Outstanding Service Award—presented by the California Federation of Women’s Clubs for work in mental health.  (1969)
  • Resolution by the California State Assembly recognizing work and long-standing commitment to community mental health.  (1969)
  • Named as “Woman of Achievement” by the Quota Club of Eureka for long-term community involvement, particularly in the field of mental health.  (1970)
  • Appointed by Supervisor Ray Peart as Children’s Advocate from Humboldt County Mental Health Advisory Board as liaison to the Children and Youth Committee of the Citizen’s Advisory Council of the State of California.  (1973)
  • Appointed by William E. Mayer, M.D., Director of Mental Health, to a Task Force for planning and implementation the Continuing Care Policy for the State Department of Health.  (1974-1975)
  • Appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan to Task Force to study issues of Patient’s Rights within the mental health system.  (1974)
  • Invited by Joe P. Maldanado, Regional Director for the Federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare, to represent the 22 Northern counties at an International Women’s Year Symposium in San Francisco.  (1975)
  • Appointed by the State Citizen’s Advisory Council to the Policies and Procedures Committee of their Mental Health Advisory Board Project.  (1975)
  • Appointed by the Public Broadcasting System to be Outreach Coordinator for the local follow-up shows for a nationally televised series on mental health called The Thin Edge.  (1975)
  • Named “Woman of the Year” by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Council for efforts in community mental health.  (1975)
  • Appointed by Mayor Gilbert S. Trood to the Eureka Bicentennial Commission.  (1975)
  • Appointed by Citizen’s Advisory Council as Chairman for a statewide workshop in Sacramento for all Mental Health Advisory Boards throughout the state.  (1975)
  • Appointed by Mayor Sam Sacco to a committee to study the needs of the medically indigent in Eureka.  (1975)
  • Appointed by California Council on Alcoholism to leadership training committee.  (1976)
  • Chairman of Steering Committee for local chapter of Alcohol Council of California.  (1976)
  • Served on Steering Committee for Public Inebriate Demonstration Project.  (1977)
  • Planned, coordinated and directed volunteer program for all three components of the Public Inebriate Demonstration Project.  This included publicity, training, and recruitment of 64 new volunteers for the Project.  (1977)
  • Elected as Founding President of the Humboldt Council on Alcoholism.  (1977)
  • Appointed to Advisory Board of Directors of Alcoholism Council of California.  (1977)
  • Elected to Executive Board of Directors of Alcoholism Council of California.  (1978)
  • Member of planning committee for State Office of Health Care Planning for statewide 2-day workshop to consider liaison issues between Mental Health Advisory Boards (59) and Health Systems Agencies (14) throughout the state.  (1978)
  • Member of steering committee for planning and implementing Statewide Conference of Mental Health Advisory Board Chairmen.  (1978)
  • Selected for 1978 “Who’s Who” award by the Alumni Association of Humboldt State University.
  • Appointed to the Advisory Board of St. Joseph Hospital, a private general hospital.  (1979)
  • Appointed to Advisory Liaison Committee to the Statewide Office of Prevention.  (1979)
  • Elected to the Executive Board of the Statewide Organization of Mental Health Advisory Boards to represent the North Service Region.  (1979)
  • Appointed to Board of Directors of St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.  (1979)
  • Appointed to Community Residential Treatment Systems Advisory Committee.  (1980)
  • Coordinated “Friends Can Be Good Medicine” Project for Humboldt County.  (1981-1983)
  • Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the Citizen’s Advisory Council to the State Department of Mental Health.  (1985-present)

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Member

  • Alumni Association of Humboldt State University
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Contract Bridge League
  • Baywood Woman’s Golf Association
  • California Congress P.T.A. (Honorary Life Member)
  • Eureka Heritage Society
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Humboldt Arts Council
  • Humboldt Historical Society
  • Humboldt Sponsors
  • Republican Women’s Club
  • United Methodist Women

PERSONAL

Born 1923, Eureka, CA.  Married Charles M. Strope in 1944.  4 children (3 married, 6 grandchildren).

1945-1946 Kindergarten Teacher – Berkeley, CA School District
Taught morning Kindergarten class and did counseling and psychometric testing in the afternoon.
1944-1945 Kindergarten Teacher – Ontario, CA School District
Taught morning Kindergarten class and did counseling and psychometric testing in the afternoon.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Since 1949

  • Commander of the American Cancer Society for Humboldt County.  (1949-1951)
  • Member of Humboldt-Del Norte County Health Planning Council, Chairman of Mental Health Committee.  (1951-1955)
  • Planning and Organizational Steering Committee for a Community Blood Bank.  (1951-1952)
  • Member, Board of Directors for Northern California Community Blood Bank.  (1952-1953)
  • Active in local Mental Health Society, starting as a member of the organizational steering committee.  (1957-1965)
  • Publicity Chairman of Mental Health Society, including coordination of all radio and TV shows, both live and taped. 
  • Program Chairman for Mental Health Society.  (1959-1962)
  • President of Mental Health Society.  (1962-1964)
  • Member of Mental Health Committee for NORCOA—North Coast Regional Health Planning Council.  (1965-1973)
  • Member of the Mental Health Advisory Board of Humboldt County.  (1967-present)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Family Service Center. 
  • Appointed by Governor Reagan to the Advisory Board of Mendocino State Hospital at Talmage, CA.  Acted in this capacity until closure of the facility in August 1972.  (1970-1972)
  • Representative to the Citizens’ Advisory Council from our local Mental Health Advisory Board on Services to Children and Youth.  (1973-present)
  • International Council on Alcohol and Addictions.  (1973)

EDUCATION

1944  HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY, Arcata, CA
B.A. degree, Double Major – Education, Psychology, Kindergarten Credential
1943-1944 Parts of Junior and Senior year spent at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the Hartford Retreat (now the Institute of Living) at Hartford, Connecticut.  Credits in psychiatric nursing from Yale School of Nursing.
1945-1973 Pursued graduate studies at University of California, Humboldt State University, San Francisco State College.  Extensive participation in workshops, seminars and training course mainly in field of Psychiatry, Psychology, Sociology, and Community Mental Health at University of California Medical School in San Francisco.

ADDENDA:  GLADYS M. STROPE
CURRICULUM VITAE

  • Coordinated efforts to place Child Advocates on each Mental Health Advisory Board in the State.  (1985-present)
  • Presented at last seven Conferences for California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY).  (1985-1991)
  • Appointed Chair of the Children’s Committee for the California Council on Mental Health.  (1986-present)
  • Negotiated as liaison to the Organization of Mental Health Advisory Boards.  (1987-present)
  • Appointed to Statewide Coordinating Committee on Older Adult Services.  (1988-present)
  • Served on selection committee for statewide proposals for OBRA (Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act) as well as proposal review committee for AB377, the replication of the Ventura Model for children’s services programs.  (1988-present)
  • Received commendation award from the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth as Outstanding Mental Health Advocate in the State.  (1989)
  • Appointed by Cliff Allenby, Secretary of Health and Welfare Agency to the Agency “Interagency Council on Systems of Care” which deals with issues of children and youth.  (1989-present)
  • Appointed by Superior Court Judge John Buffington to his Vision Committee, which is an Interagency Council that is involved in large scale community planning to strengthen our families and empower our youth in Humboldt County.  (1989-present)
  • Represented the council at two National Institute of Mental Health Scientific Symposiums—Los Angeles in 1988 and Washington, D.C. in 1989.
  • Resolution commending 41 years of voluntary service to Humboldt County and the State of California for involvement in mental health issues from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.  (1991)
  • Elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the California Council on Mental Health.  (1/26/91)

History of Mental Health

HISTORY OF MENTAL HEALTH IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY
as told by Gladys Strope
July 1, 1984
Updated to January 1996

With the passage of the Short-Doyle Act on November 11, 1957, Humboldt County became seriously interested in the planning and development of a local program for mentally ill persons.

This effort was spear-headed by the Humboldt-Del Norte Health Council who in 1958 appointed a Mental Health Committee.  This committee which I chaired was charged to investigate the issues, the legislation and the possibilities for implementation.

As a direct result of the efforts of this committee, a Mental Health Society was founded in late 1958.  This group became very active in a program of Mental Health education, by bringing speakers into the area on all phases of mental and emotional illness, mental health facility planners and legislative analysts.  Among others, we brought Dr. Portia Bell Hume, Dr. Frank Tallman, Dr. Byron Chamberlain, Dr. Alfred Gianascol, Dr. B.F. Skinner, Dr William Glasser to Eureka to speak at public meetings sponsored by the Mental Health Society.

In addition to these meetings, we sponsored many seminars and workshops at Humboldt State with leading psychologists, sociologists, and psychiatrists from the bay area as keynote speakers.  People such as Virginia Satir, Dr. Charles Bingham and Mairo Casseroli were well received by the community.

After this massive education program was carried on for over five years, we were ready to tackle another huge task!  A most comprehensive survey of 120 agencies, clubs and organizations in Humboldt was undertaken.  There were over 3,000 responses in the first few months.  It took almost a year to complete the survey, tabulate the results and prepare our presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

The message was strikingly clear, less than one percent (about 30 responses) had any reservations whatsoever about the need for a mental health facility in the county!

The Supervisors of Humboldt county listened to our Mental Health Society presentation in early June, and on, July 1, 1964 the vote in support of establishing a Mental Health Clinic was unanimous.

Our first facility was a small upstairs office at 7th and I Streets, staffed only by a psychiatric social worker, John Myers, a part time psychologist from Humboldt State, Dr. Earl Markwell, and a part time secretary, Billie Smith.  Around mid-summer of 1965, it became apparent that there was need for expansion of services, and our first outpatient clinic was started.  It was under the direction of Mary Ann Johnson M.D., our Director of Mental Health.  The clinic was located in a county owned building (formerly a private home) at the intersection of Buhne and Harrison Avenue.

After 2 ½ years, Dr. Johnson left for Virginia, and the search was on for another Mental Health Directory.  Dr. James Hood came to us in 1966, and under his direction, our mental health services continued to flourish and expand.  Dr. Hood was with us for a little over two years.

The Lanterman-Petris-Short Community Mental Health Services Act was passed in 1967 – exactly ten years after the original Short-Doyle Act – and was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 1968.  The funding mechanisms in the Short-Doyle Act were revised to the considerable advantage of the counties – with the State funding 90% of the programs and the county 10%.

Dr. William E. Mayer was the founding director of our expanded mental health facilities, which were to include for the first time in Humboldt County an inpatient psychiatric unit.  Dr. Mayer came to us in the early spring of 1968.  The surge toward community psychiatry had reached Humboldt and when the LPS Act went into effect we were ready!  I will never forget the first day I met Dr. Mayer, when picking him up at the airport on his initial visit to Eureka.  He said to me, “This is by far the most exciting time to be involved in the field of Mental Health in the past 100 years.”  I must confess I agreed with him at the time, and still do as we are approaching new heights in community mental health, primarily intervention, and prevention of mental illness.

All that remained was for a suitable site to be found, and for a preliminary plan to be presented to the Board of Supervisors and to the State.  The site committee unanimously chose the southwest wing of the old County Hospital (soon to be called Humboldt Medical Center) as the best spot to locate our long-awaited inpatient facility.

The plan was developed by Dr. Mayer using guidelines (and laws) provided by the State with the advice and consultation of that original Mental Health committee from the Health Council along with other members from the community at large.

The name of Sempervirens was agreed upon, not only for its connection with the Redwoods, but for its Latin meaning of “always alive.”  In late 1969, the original sixteen bed unit was already becoming insufficient to meet the ever-increasing needs for local services, and a new wing was added to Sempervirens.  This new wing was named STROPE WING in recognition of my efforts to obtain and continue mental health services in our community, and also for designing and implementing the Mental Health Volunteer Program.

The new LPS Act mandated an eleven member Mental Health Advisory Board to be the representative of the general public, as well as various disciplines within the mental health field.  These appointments were made over a period of a few months, and by 1970 our original Board was complete.  Our first chairman was Supervisor Don Peterson.

The outpatient clinic was flourishing, the inpatient unit was getting well off the ground, and with the hiring of some additional staff, a day treatment center was started in early 1970 to assist our local clients who had been discharged from Sempervirens, (or in some cases had not needed hospitalization) to adjust to day-to-day living.  This was located at the extreme north end of the Humboldt Medical Center property, in what had previously been used as a facility for tuberculosis patients.  Two years later, that building was condemned, and the day treatment facility was moved to a section of the nursing home behind and west of the hospital.

Within a year of the inception of services, Humboldt County was providing the three major components of a comprehensive Mental Health program.  Various efforts at outreach were made in those early days, with a limited amount of success.  There are small populations both in Eastern and Southern Humboldt that need services, and it has been provided on a minimal basis.

Perhaps it should be noted here than an effort was made in 1972 to provide outreach and day treatment services to the population in and around the North Bay area, with the addition of Trinidad Head Therapy Center.  This was a private corporation and as such, was not, strictly speaking, a component of Humboldt County’s Community Mental Health Services.  I was President of that corporation for our founding year and Ivan Frasier was the Director.  We contracted with Humboldt County for that day treatment component of service.  It was an idea whose time had not yet come!  While beloved by clients and staff alike, the logistics of transportation, and the costs involved made it prohibitive from a fiscal standpoint.  Those factors, along with the “conflict of interest” issues, which were just beginning to be a factor in the delivery of mental health services, made it impossible to continue that marvelous program.

In 1972 COADAC was added to our existing programs.  This was the County Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordination.  For a short while, they were located in the second floor offices, above our original wing.  They soon moved into another county owned house on 23rd Street at the extreme south side of the Medical Center.

David Winett was the first Coordinator of that service, followed in 1975 by Gino Maiolini.  Ardath Walker was our first alcohol counselor, coming to us at the beginning by courtesy of Federal funds under the Hughes legislation.

I have encouraged Ardath to write a short history of the Alcohol component, as it should be preserved just as we are doing for the mental health side.

Dr. Mayer left Eureka in 1972, after almost five years of service to our County during the crucial “first years” of our inpatient service.  He was in San Diego for a short time, teaching at the Medical schools in the area and in 1974-75 he was named as the State Director of Mental Health.  He is serving now at the Federal level, as Director of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Mental Health Administration.

Dr. Donald Bramwell, formerly the Director of Sonoma State Hospital, came aboard as our Mental Health Director in 1972.  He was Director until his retirement in June 1979.  During Dr. Bramwell’s tenure, we moved our Mental Health in-patient services to the present Harris and H Street location.  It was a rather stormy time in Humboldt County, as the supervisors had to make the very difficult decision to close the Humboldt Medical Center.  Space became available on the third floor of what was then the General Hospital.  We moved in late 1976, and occupied the very crowded space for almost four years.  In 1979 Dr. Bramwell retired, although he continued to work for Crestwood Manor (formerly Beverly Manor) which is a private long-term psychiatric facility.  Community Mental Health has had a long standing relationship with Crestwood, as their facility is often the treatment of choice for many of our chronically mentally ill clients.  Dr. Bramwell died after a short illness in June 1980.

Two other agencies that we have been closely connected with over the years have been the Public Guardian’s Office, that deals with our clients on LPS conservatorships and the State Office which originally dealt with the State Hospital patients from our area.  Originally it was part of the Bureau of Social Work in the Department of Mental Hygiene.  As the trend toward community psychiatry developed, with the emphasis on treating clients in their own community, this office underwent considerable change of focus and change of names.  They are now called OMHSS (Office of Mental Health Social Services) and deal primarily with discharge planning, continuing care and alternatives to hospitalization, such as board and care homes and transitional living facilities for clients of mental health.  This all came about as the State Hospital population has dwindled from over 35,000 in early 70s to less than 3,000 in 1984.  Ken Barney has been our most consistent liaison with this office.

John Fadness was appointed as interim Directory upon Dr. Bramwell’s retirement on July 1, 1979.  After an exhaustive search of some 36 applications, from all over the United States, in November of 1979, the Board of Supervisors appointed John Fadness as Director of Mental Health for Humboldt County.  It was a “famous first” for the Mental Health Advisory Board, as we were asked for the first time to sit as a search committee.  The Board unanimously accepted our recommendation, but even if they had not, we felt it was a major victory for our Board to be asked!  As the then Chair of the MHSP, Silas Morrison appointed Suzanne Kramer, Gladys Strope, Dr. Elmer Laursen, Dr. Herb Tanenhaus and Steven Gordon to this search committee, with Suzanne Kramer named as chair.

Our board has been fortunate in having excellent leadership over the years.  And in actively maintaining a good relationship with our Board of Supervisors and with our Mental Health Directors.  Our activities vary at the discretion of our chair and executive committee, and in some years we have gone far beyond our mandate, to really provide community education through various projects and public forums.  We have participated in several Health Fairs; we have done numerous T.V. and Radio shows about Mental Health; we coordinated a two year effort in mental health promotion with the state-wide “Friends Can Be Good Medicine” projects; we were instrumental in obtaining Geriatric workers in 1982 as the Task Force on Aging was chaired by one of our members; and we have provided speakers for numerous clubs and organizations throughout the county.

I am pleased to note that three of the charter members of the Mental Health Society are still active in community mental health.  Dr. Jack Shaffer, Judge Charles Thomas and I, are presently serving on the Mental Health Advisory Board.  Both Silas Morrison and I have served on the board for a combining total of 26 years!  I was an original member of the Board and Silas has been a member since 1972.

The Mental Health Volunteers, under my direction, have been an important component of our Mental Health Services since the very beginning, and have contributed many, many thousands of hours and dollars through our fund raising activities to our mental health clients.

After almost three years on the third floor of General Hospital, a major decision was made.  With various components of our service being in four separate locations, it was extremely time consuming, and not at all cost effective to move patients and records from one place to another.  In my own presentation at the Board of Supervisors during the planning process for this anticipated move, I also cited the advantages to the clients, the staff and the community at large of having a truly comprehensive mental health service at one location rather than four.

The timing was great, as General Hospital had completed their negotiations to buy and move into the old Humboldt Medical Center building on Harrison Avenue.  At the same time, the county was having space problems in many other departments, and as part of the closing negotiations, General Hospital property and buildings were traded for the Humboldt Medical Center property and buildings.  It was named the Clark Complex in 1980.

Just eight days before Christmas on December 17, 1980, the move was made which resulted in Sempervirens moving to the 2nd floor East Wing, the outpatient clinic, administrative office, and COADAC moving from upstairs (and all over town!) to the ground floor, and the Day Treatment Center to the pink house across from the parking lot.  This move also resulted in another change as we were no longer attached directly to a hospital, we became a free standing Psychiatric Health Facility, one of the first in the state.  And here must be acknowledged a special debt and thanks to Dr. Patrick Murphy whose diligent work as Program Chief not only brought us into compliance with the new and difficult regulations, but also won us the accolades of the State Review Team that initial year.

Prior to this move, on July 5, 1979, a new program was started under the direction of Will Beegle.  The first TRTF (Transitional Residential Treatment Facility) was started for the Humboldt County clients, largely using Bates Funding (AB 3052) which was passed by the Legislature during the 1977-78 session, and signed into law in September 1978.

Throughout the years the Community Mental Health Services Act has undergone many changes.  There were only three that have been particularly significant to the Mental Health Advisory Board.  In 1976, the membership and composition of the Board was changed to 17 members in counties of 100,000 or more.  In the same year the language was changed in our mandate to grant the MHAB the power of “approval of the planning process to insure citizen input” into the county plan for mental health.  The composition of the board was also changed to reflect the input of more minority members and a 51% simple majority of consumers or family members of consumers.  Our board was one of the first to be in compliance with this change, and we have kept that balance in most cases, over the years.  The third issue of major importance was the enabling legislation for the Organization of Mental Health Advisory Boards (AB 3422) which was signed into law in September 1978.  It was chaptered under section 5605 1 of the Welfare and Institution Code.

Over the years, the Mental Health Department has contracted as stated in our mandate, with several private groups or agencies to provide services to various target groups.  Among these were United Indian Lodge and 12th Step House (alcohol facilities), New Morning Intercept (troubled adolescents), Benamor Institute (a psycho-educational high school for troubled students), Behavioral Development Center (for young children) and New Careers in Human Services. 

The years of 1980 through 1986 went very well for Mental Health in Humboldt County.  Under the Direction of John Fadness, our programs thrived – our budget increased to almost 3½ million dollars and our County Mental Health Services to children and youth was brought into compliance with the “Egeland Language,” which guaranteed a “fair share for children.”  (Sec. 5704.6 – Statutes of 1978).  1986 and 1987 were tumultuous times for Mental Health.  For two years the Grand Jury presented extremely unfavorable reports on the mental health system.  These came as a complete surprise to administration, staff and MHAB members.  Unfortunately, the Grand Jury filed their report WITHOUT INTERVIEWING ONE SINGLE MEMBER OF THE MHAB!  Of the final 22 recommendations, 19 were based on false information, no information or inaccurate information.  Of the other three, two problem areas had already been addressed and taken care of, and only one remained.  It is worthy of note that the 86-87 report was so inaccurate that the Board of Supervisors refused to accept the mental health portion of the final report, nor have they done so to this day!  To make matters worse, our Director was seriously ill and was placed on medical leave until his death from cancer eight months later.

John Anderson was named by the Board of Supervisors to become our Acting Director during this difficult time.  In my opinion, it is a real tribute to John’s dedication, his commitment to our clients, his expertise in the field and to his great and good humor that he was able to keep his own sanity intact and to keep our Humboldt County Mental Health Services going strong during this interim period!

After much investigation, soul searching and outright agonizing, the Mental Health Advisory Board came to the conclusion that it was time to consider privatization of our services, which had been done successfully in many California counties.  We were split about 50-50 when this process began, but as the process continued, it became clear that this was a viable option that should be pursued.  Our final recommendation to the Board of Supervisors was close to unanimous, with only one negative vote and one abstention.

Beginning July 1, 1988, Humboldt County began a comprehensive contract with Kings View Corporation of Fresno, California to operate the mental health program including supervision of contract services.  All County mental health staff became Kings View employees on July 1, 1988.  An agreement was made between County and Kings View that FY 88-89 would be a year of evaluation to determine the most effective way to manage the existing service system.  The County is recruiting a .5 FTE Mental Health Director to monitor the Kings View negotiated net amount contract.  Kings View is responsible to the County for the functioning of the entire program, under the able leadership of Jerry Wengerd, Executive Director.  Kings View has made many positive changes in the past year.  They are in the process of recruiting a new staff clinical psychologist with expertise in children and youth.  Programs and managerial duties of personnel have been streamlined and restructured.  Children’s services will be considerably enhanced if they are successful in the application process now being undertaken for submission to the State in April for AB 377, a truly comprehensive system of care for children and adolescents.  The Statewide replication and implementation of this fine program was continued in Assemblywoman Cathy Wright’s (now Senator Wright) AB 3015.  Once again the MHAB was asked to participate on the search committee for a new Mental Health Director.  On May 20, 1989, Joe Krzesni was selected by the County to be their new Director.  Joe will be the program monitor, and will also be involved with Juvenile Hall and the Jail as the position was expanded to full time to include these components.

The statutory mandates of the MHAB remain the same as they always were, with the power of approval of the planning process to ensure citizen input into the Annual Plan, one of our foremost responsibilities.

The County terminated its contract with Kings View effective June 30, 1991, due to fiscal uncertainties in the new financing strategy called Realignment.  The County resumed operation of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug programs under the leadership of County Mental Health Director, Joe Krzesni.

Much has happened at Humboldt County Mental Health in the ensuing years.  In February 1992, and after much hard work and dedication by staff, Sempervirens received Federal HCFA certification enabling the billing of Medicare and Medi-Cal and resulting in almost $1,000,000 in new federal revenue which allowed Humboldt County Mental Health some expansion opportunities when most of the State was downsizing.  1993 saw the opening of the Crisis Stabilization Unit and 24 hour on site Crisis services.  Outpatient Brief Intervention services were begun in a revitalization of the Outpatient Clinic which had been severely reduced in previous years.  During this time we began billing Short-Doyle/Medi-Cal under the Rehabilitation Option allowing a greater flexibility in delivering services where they are needed and through a Coordinated Care model.  Adult Day Treatment services has grown under the leadership of Jet Kruse, MFCC, Day Treatment Manager and a new modular building was added to the existing buildings in 1992.

Humboldt County Mental Health was successful in its bid for an AB 3015 System of Care program (Project Redwood Grove) under the leadership of Phil Crandall, MFCC, Manager of Children’s Programs, and as a result has seen much growth in Children’s Services.  In August 1995, Children’s Services moved into the small building at 734 Russ Street which was vacated by the Alcohol and Drug Program.

In 1994, HCMH became the local Managed Care Plan in the state-wide carve out of psychiatric services in Medi-Cal Managed Care.  Phase I began in January 1995, with the responsibility to manage and pay for all psychiatric inpatient hospital services for Humboldt County beneficiaries.  Phase II is scheduled to begin in January 1997, and will include all non-hospital psychiatric services for Humboldt County beneficiaries.  Beginning in July 1995, we have 6 physicians including a trained Child Psychiatrist for the first time ever!

In May 1995, Joe Krzesni resigned as Mental Health Director and the Board of Supervisors appointed Linda Hartman, Deputy Mental Health Director, as Interim Mental Health Director.  John Anderson, Deputy Mental Health Director, was appointed as Interim Assistant Director.

Since our first tentative steps as a board in 1970, we have come a long way!  This is due, at least in part, to the foresight of the Citizen’s Advisory Council to the State Department of Mental Health in developing a Mental Health Advisory Board Project in 1975, to assist all local MHABs in training and board empowerment.  For too many years (and ours was no exception!) the MHABs were largely “rubber stamp” boards, and had little or no real power to implement change.  I am proud to have been a part of that group from the very start, as I was the first citizen member appointed by the CAC to serve on the Policy and Procedure Committee for the development of this office.  As a member of the Executive Committee, I chaired the first state-wide meeting of Mental Health Advisory Boards in Sacramento in early June 1975.  Because of my involvement in this, and subsequently many other state commissions, task forces and ad hoc committees, our board was in the very forefront of what was going on at the state level in mental health and related fields.  Since my appointment by Governor Deukmejian to the California Council on Mental Health in March of 1985, we have been in an even better position to be truly pro-active. We now have a well deserved reputation in our county of being good respondents, knowledgeable board members and active, caring citizens.  WE HAVE made a difference!

ADDENDA:

Dr. William E. Mayer left as a Director of ADAMHA in 1980 to serve at the Pentagon in the Department of Defense.  He retired in 1989 (for about 45 minutes!).  I had lunch with Bud in Washington last month, and learned that he has accepted a new assignment with the IOM (Institute of Medicine) a most prestigious national group, to do an international study on Aids issues.

John Fadness died in August of 1987 after a fairly short battle with cancer.

Dr. Patrick Murphy died in July of 1986.

Citizen’s Advisory Councils’ name was changed in 1985 to California Council on Mental Health, after discovering there were 9 other CACs in State Government!

OMHAB – I wrote the original legislation to add the OMHAB to the California Statutes, along with three men on our original Executive Board of the Planning Project.  We asked our own Assemblyman from the North Coast, Barry Keene (now Senator Keene) to carry it for us, which he did very successfully!  The code was changed in 1985.

Ken Barney retired from the OMHSS office in 1985.  This division is now known as the Continuing Care Services, and moved to the Kings View site in 1989, to the third floor of the Complex.  Jack Bettis is now the new manager for Continuing Care.

Stan Dixon, who was the Public Guardian for many years, with responsibility for the Conservatorship issues, is now a member of our Board of Supervisors in Humboldt County.

Anna Sparks and Julie Fulkerson, both Humboldt County Supervisors, served our Board well as active members.  Julie is still a member of the Mental Health Board as of January 1996.

Gladys Strope retired from her State responsibilities in 1995 after serving on the California Council on Mental Health for 11 years, and as Chairman and CEO for the last three years.  She also retired from the California Mental Health Planning Council, and as the Director of Volunteers for Humboldt County Mental Health.  Minimal volunteer fund raising and activities are on going.  She remains on the local Mental Health Board.

Mental Health Board – Due to changes in the 1991 Realignment Legislation, the Advisory Board had the option of changing our name to Mental Health Commission or Mental Health Board.  We chose the latter.

Subject Headings

Community Mental Health Services
Humboldt County (Calif) -- History
Mental Health Services -- California -- Humboldt County
Rural Mental Health Services