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Panel: Digging Deep into County Mental Health Services; Campaign, Fresco, Resuscitated Cat

Updated: Oct 10


Amid a bout of Covid, KEYT's Jade Martinez-Pogue rallied to deliver some quality minutes on a new episode of Newsmakers TV on Friday, reprising the latest reporting in her series examining the delivery, financing and changes in the county's sprawling mental health programs.


Wrapping up a project she produced via a grant from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, the last two pieces of her in-depth look into the issue published in Noozhawk this week - here and here . They focus on the increasing collaboration between previously siloed county mental and criminal justice bureaucracies and operations, particularly through the use of "co-response teams," aimed at diverting the mentally ill from jail, and preventing escalation of emergency incidents into violence or even death.


After we sent Jade back to sick bay following her heroic star turn, Josh Molina and Nick Welsh joined the genial host in breaking down winners and losers in this week's election forums featuring candidates for seats on the boards of education for the Santa Barbara Unified and Goleta Union school districts, particularly District 1 in the SBUSD and District 3 in Goleta.


The fellas also chop it up over the welcome reopening of the restaurant Fresco -- and in a sweet downtown location no less; the Indy's surprise editorial opposition to Carpinteria's crucial Measure T and the pros and cons of stolen campaign lawn sign journalism.


Plus: exactly how does one resuscitate a cat suffering from smoke inhalation?


All this and more, right here, right now on Newsmakers TV. Check out the new show via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here. Check program schedules of TVSB and KCSB-FM for program times on the airwaves.


New Yorker cartoon by Teresa Burns Parkhurst.



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