San Luis Obispo

[San Luis Obispo County] SLO County should limit Oceano Dunes riding if 5-year dust plan fails, grand jury says

San Luis Obispo County's civil grand jury not only agrees with officials that poor air quality around the Nipomo Mesa is caused by off-highway vehicles at the Oceano Dunes recreational vehicle park, but it says the Board of Supervisors could substantially eliminate the health risk with "a stroke of their pens."

[San Luis Obispo County] SLO County only has 16 beds for thousands of mentally ill residents. That's not OK

Roughly 5,000 residents of San Luis Obispo County have severe mental illnesses. But the county’s psychiatric health facility has only 16 beds. Now, that’s crazy.

I read those numbers in the May 16 issue of The Tribune. They were in a front-page story under the headline “Grand jury: Mental health services fall short.” So the question now is: Will the county supervisors do what’s right to relieve the otherwise inevitable suffering?

[San Luis Obispo County] Report: Fire, safety issues found in CMC facility

A county grand jury report raised issues about safety at the California's Men's Colony this week. 

The prison is separated into a high-security area (the east facility) and a lower-security area (the west facility). The higher-security side is where inmates are locked in cells and generally controlled most of the day. 

As required by law, CMC goes through an annual inspection. This year, the grand jury found deficiencies says it's concerned about fire and safety standards in the higher-security area, which has aging buildings. 

[San Luis Obispo County] SLO County Grand Jury addresses programs designed to help jail inmates

The San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury has released its second report on the county jail in a week.

The latest document, released Tuesday, examines the roughly 30 vocational, recreational, and behavioral programs that are offered to inmates - programs designed to reduce an inmate's chance of reoffending.

Two different reports conducted by the 2016-2017 grand jury addressed the lack of treatment available at the jail.

[San Luis Obispo County] SLO County Grand Jury addresses programs designed to help jail inmates

The San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury has released its second report on the county jail in a week.

The latest document, released Tuesday, examines the roughly 30 vocational, recreational, and behavioral programs that are offered to inmates - programs designed to reduce an inmate's chance of reoffending.

Two different reports conducted by the 2016-2017 grand jury addressed the lack of treatment available at the jail.

[San Luis Obispo County] County keeping independent jail assessment under wraps

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report.

An independent assessment of medical and mental care at the SLO County Jail remains unavailable to the public and county supervisors despite being a factor in the county's possible decision to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to outsource such services in the near future.

[San Luis Obispo County] SLO County's mental health services fall short and need more money, grand jury says

San Luis Obispo County's civil grand jury says that local mental health services have not kept pace with a growing population, leading to serious lapses in access to treatment.

Bottom line: the SLO County Behavioral Health Department needs more money to do its job, the jury says.

[San Luis Obispo County] Grand Jury tours psychiatric health facility: ‘Our county can do better’

The 2017-2018 San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury toured the Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF), inspected the physical plant, and reviewed the Behavioral Health’s current processes and procedures.

This report was originated by the Grand Jury members based upon citizen complaints and recent events concerning the treatment of Behavioral Health patients within SLO County.

[San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties] Health care behind bars: Central Coast jails struggle to care for sick inmates

Blog note: this article references grand jury reports on the subject.

Kevin Lee McLaughlin woke up in the early morning hours of April 13, 2017, feeling unwell.

The 60-year-old inmate had been in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail since late January awaiting sentencing on an assault charge. At 2:30 a.m., he saw a jail nurse for an evaluation. He complained of numbness, tingling, and pain in his left shoulder and arm.

"I'm clammy," he said. "I need to go to the hospital."