Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital recently welcomed members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Mental Evaluation Team to the hospital campus in Valencia for a meeting.
Members of the hospital staff who were on hand to greet the Sheriff’s team included Roger E. Seaver, president and CEO; Cary Quashen, Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Unit; Arjun Reyes, MD, Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Unit; Penny Hamer, RN, Director of the Behavioral Health Unit; Rita Real, RN, Interim Clinical Manager of the Behavioral Health Unit; Debbie Rheinfurth, RN and Michael Perez, RN, both Clinical Coordinators and frontline supervisors for the Behavioral Health Unit.
The Sheriff’s MET was given a virtual tour of the Behavioral Health Unit – the BHU – to be able to see the facility amenities where patients are admitted and treated.
Located on the first level of the hospital’s pavilion building, the BHU is a Lanterman-Petris-Short designated acute psychiatric care facility that offers 24/7 in-patient treatment.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital helps many patients in psychological crisis each year in a warm, friendly, safe and confidential environment. The behavioral healthcare team is among the most experienced in the behavioral health field and is specially trained in emergency procedures and crisis intervention.
The BHU works in tandem with Henry Mayo’s emergency room, nursing department and community partners, such as the Sheriff’s MET, to treat and positively affect patients’ lives.
“It is an honor and a privilege for us to have MET here on our campus,” Quashen said. “I believe that the combined efforts of what MET does and what we do at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital literally save lives.”
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Did we “mental patients” have any input? Cops shouldn’t scream. Adrenaline isn’t helpful and it will shorten your life. Screaming authority figures sound like angry guard dogs to me. Maybe cut down on the Redbull..
I do not know if any of the Sheriff’s Deputies were a part of the MET team when they came into my home during the time I had a severe mental breakdown and needed help. I can say the Deputies that were there to help me, there wer 4 I remember, acted professionally and the Deputy who took me in his patrol car (who also happened to be a former resident of Texas; that was a plus for me since I am a former resident of the Houston area). This Deputy was kind, didn’t judge me or put me down. He listened while I ranted in the back of his patrol car. He followed up with my father and step-mother who reside in Arizona. Also, the 4 Deputies that I encountered last month had to enter my home through the backyard, I have a pit mix and I was concerned they may have shot her, but they didn’t and treated her well. Thank you to the Deputies and especially to the one I rode with, a fellow Texan, because they all did save my life. It’s fantastic to see the LA County Sheriff & his Deputies understand that mental health is a serious problem in our country and these Deputies can better understand th complexity of the situation they are dealing with. Thank you again!
I don’t know if the Deputies who helped me last month were a part of the MET team, but they treated me with dignity & kindness in my hour of need. I think The Sheriff of LA County should send all his Deputies through mental health training. The SCV/LA County Sheriffi’s Deputy I lived with for almost 2 years exacerbated my issues & caused me to increase my alcohol consumption.
The SCV/LA County Sheriff Deputy I lived with for nearly 2 years treated me very poorly & knew I had mental health issues. I had know this man for 30 years, he always treated me with kindness & optimism, until I relocated from Texas back to Cali. I grew up in the SCV, went to high school here and was an accomplished athlete.
I tried to educate the man I loved, the man I moved here to be with, about mental illness. Why I received in return was ridicule, abandonment & sheer apathy of me as a human being. When I was having panic attacks, this Deputy, would tell me he would throw my 2 beloved dogs off the balcony of where we lived. I could go on and on we: what this man, this Sheriff’s Deputy said to me during the course of my hell of nearly 2 years, but I will spare you the details.
It is crucially important for all Deputies of the Sheriff of LA County and beyond to be given some type of training we: the mentally ill. Mental illness and substance abuse often go hand in hand. I want to eliminate the stigma of both illnesses.
I did NOT ask to be mentally ill, I inherited th conditions I have. I tried to regulate the effects off the mental disorders I do have through alcohol.
I have had years of sobriety and other years, not so much, during my 54 years alive. I do not judge others, so please hear my message and not my defects.
The Sherrif’s Dwouties who encounter those who sufffer from mental illness and substance abuse, please know we are not in our right minds when you “make contact” with us.
We are people number one. We are those who have suffered trauma in childhood or beyond those years and are trying their cope as best we can in a very judgmental and unforgiving world.
Sometimes we want help and act to get that assistance. Sometimes we are in an altered reality that you will hopefully NEVER KNOW OR EXPERIENCE.
Please know we are human beings. We ARE someone’s daughter, son, sister, brother, mother, father, uncle, auntie. We ARE HUMAN!
The LA County Sheriff’s Deputy I knew & loved fo 30 years became a monster when I moved in with him. He is it the great guy he wants to believe he is. He sent me text messages and video clips, while on duty, despairing those he swore to serve & protect. This motto is a bon year f contention for this SCV based LA County Sheriff’s Deputy – he said that is LAPD’s motto.
It does not matter to the public if you are in beige/green or in or in a dark blue uniform – the public, who pays the salary of ALL of Y’ALLS need to keep in mind we mere citizens depend on Y’ALL!
WE ARE ALL ONE COLOR! WE ARE ALL ONE PEOPLE – HUMAN BEINGS!
This Sheriff’s Deputy whom I had known for 30 years, had a past with, left everything behind to relocate to Cali not only FAILED ME, but also the PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY AND SANTA CLARITA.
One final word – I am white, so is this Sheriff’s Deputy. One of my 2 daughters is mixed race – Egyptian & American. This man said to me – “Well, as long as she is not a member of Al Queda then we are good.”
Really?! This coming from the mouth of the age I lived with, an LA County Sheriff’s Deputy!
Why then did my mental health issues exacerbated? I’m his is just a mere example of the abuse I suffered.
I apologize for all the auto corrects my phone inserted in my emails & the typos, perhaps I should have completed my statements using a computer. Thank you.