AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2009
California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
BU 18 MEMBERS
take a stand
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?
& Volume 23, Issue 4
August / September 2009
Brady Oppenheim, Editor
Carol Wiesmann, Managing Editor
and Layout Designer
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• Be a steward. Stewards are the backbone of our organization, and the more
stewards we have, the stronger we become.
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• Run for or vote in chapter elections. CAPT members make decisions on the California Association of Psychiatric
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• Be a delegate. Delegates attend CAPT annual meetings and other special
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• Receive representation. Expert representatives defend you at court adverse Sacramento, CA 95811-7138.
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• Participate in our popular scholarship program. Our annual program
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To become a member, get a membership application from your chapter Toll Free (800) 677-CAPT (2278)
office, or contact Debi Loger at CAPT Headquarters at (800) 677-2278. or (916) 329-9140
And if you’ve moved, changed departments or want to update your
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we can make sure your records are current. Toll-Free Voice Mail: (800) 926-CAPT (2278)
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all CAPT Chapters and the Corrections Chapter Consultant.
Don’t forget that CAPT offers its retired members the same insurance benefits it Below are their individual numbers and instructions for leaving
provides its active members. As a retired member, CAPT will continue to a message. Instructions on how to leave a message will also
provide -- to age 85 -- $5,000 in Accidental Death and Dismemberment be available when you call.
coverage and $5,000 in Term Life Insurance.
When the message starts, enter the number followed by
IMPORTANT: For your insurance to continue after your retirement -- for the # sign. Leave your message, including your phone
only $5 per month -- you must contact CAPT Headquarters at (800) 677- number. When you hang up, the person will be paged.
2278 within 31 days of the last day in the month in which you retired. If 2# Tony Myers 7# Fairview 12# Sonoma
you fail to do so, your policy will lapse and cannot be reinstated. 3# Ann Lyles 8# Lanterman 13# CDCR VP
psychtechs.net 4# Corrections 9# Metropolitan 14# Coalinga
5# Atascadero 10# Patton 15# Community
Check out our catastrophic leave list on our website. Keep abreast of what’s 6# Napa 11# Porterville Facilities
happening! CAPT updates its website frequently, making sure you have current
information on state, department, facility and CAPT news, at your facility and
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CAPT Board of Directors State Officers
State President Tony Myers Cal
3431 Pomona Blvd., Ste C, Pomona, CA 91768 psyc
(800) 926-CAPT (2278) / email@example.com hs.n
State Vice President Caron Ewald tric
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State Secretary-Treasurer Brad Leggs e E
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Chapter Presidents s
Agnews: Chapter has closed; please refer all
questions and concerns to Community Facilities
Chapter President Arron Lockwich
Atascadero: John Myers
PO Box 757, Atascadero, CA 93423-0757
(805) 462-2278 (Office) / (805) 462-2278 (Fax)
Coalinga: Juan Nolasco
PO Box 933, Coalinga, CA 93210-0933
(559) 217-6312 (Cell) / (559) 934-0247 (Fax)
Community Facilities: Arron Lockwich
(760) 401-1070 (Cell) / (760) 296-3132 (Fax)
Corrections: A.L. “Lucky” Lucketta
ON THE COVER: CAPT is not backing down from its
PO Box 2120, Porterville, CA 93258-2120 fight against harmful staffing and services cuts.
(559) 781-2100 (Office) / (559) 783-2100 (Fax) Statewide chapter rallies give BU 18 members a venue
capt-cdc.org / firstname.lastname@example.org to voice their frustrations and make the public aware of
Fairview: Paul Alizaga how these cuts affect them and those they care for.
Office in Employee Org. Rm 4 The President’s View: The past repeating itself
PO Box 4129, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-4129 The Psychiatric Technician Pledge
(714) 957-5332 (Office) / (714) 754-1065 (Fax)
email@example.com 5 Sierra Vista: Closure process continues
Lanterman: Brad Whitehead 6 Licensing refresher course a great success
3431 Pomona Blvd., Ste C, Pomona, CA 91768-3294
(909) 595-1085 (Office) / (909) 598-1387 (Fax) 7 Budget change shifts tax withholdings
7 Fairview Chapter recognizes NOC shift members
Metropolitan: Eddie Collaso
c/o Metropolitan State Hospital 8 CAPT wins back pay, reinstatement for CDCR
11401 Bloomfield Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650-2015 Psych Tech
(626) 448-1425 (Fax)
firstname.lastname@example.org 9 CAPT continues its fight against cutbacks.
Napa: Brad Leggs 10 Furlough Q & As
PO Box 7036, Napa, CA 94558-7036
(707) 252-7320 (Office) / (209) 474-0368 (Fax) 11 Psych Techs speak out against state cuts at
email@example.com local rallies (four-page pictorial)
Patton: Laurie Hill (through September) 15 H1N1 hits our state facilities
Sylvia Hernandez (will take office October 1)
Patton State Hospital, House #6 16 Do you know who your stewards are?
Mail to: PO Box 680, Patton, CA 92369-0680 18 Injured at work? Show it with a photo
(909) 864-1610 (Office) / (909) 864-1695 (Fax)
firstname.lastname@example.org 18 H.R. 1255 now at 60 cosponsors
Porterville: Ed Vartanian 19 New study highlights poverty risk for workers
376 North D Street without pensions
Mail to: PO Box 8703, Porterville, CA 93257-8703
(559) 781-2278 (Office) / (559) 781-4440 (Fax) 20 Contract Highlights: Vacation Leave Bidding
20 Psych Tech Scope of Practice covers trach care
Sonoma: Caron Ewald
15175 Arnold Dr., Sonoma 21 Vacation win in CDCR benefits all departments
Mail to: PO Box 148, Eldridge, CA 95431-0148
(707) 938-2795 (Office) / (707) 938-8721 (Fax) 22 Catastrophic Leave Donations
email@example.com 23 CAPT endorses candidates to CalPERS Board
24 Three recent Mental Health studies
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 3
The President’s View
The past repeating itself
We are coming up on a CAPT milestone: the strong, proud, independent state employee union
25th anniversary of our first annual meeting. At that created by us and for us alone.
first meeting in 1985, a small group of Psychiatric I know some of you are saying, “Times are
Technicians gathered to lay the foundation of what tougher than we’ve ever seen. What does CAPT
would become our organization. history have to do with what’s going on with us right
Let me back up a little. In 1981, state employ- now?” I draw on our history to show that, no matter
ees in each bargaining unit elected a single organi- what, we can accomplish big things together.
zation to represent the unit in job-related issues. I’ve seen and talked to many of you out on the
The state-employed Psychiatric Technicians elected picket lines across the state. You’re out there taking
the AFL-CIO Communications Workers of America, action and making your voice heard against the cuts
rejecting the California State Employees Associa- that are affecting your family and your services. You
tion, which had served Psychiatric Technicians – and all of us together – are a force to be reckoned
before the collective bargaining era. with. We’ve overcome “the impossible” in the past,
CWA focused primarily on salaries and working and we’re bound and determined to repeat the past
conditions in state government. As a result, little again.
progress if any was made on our professional Call or write me anytime.
issues. Many began to sense we were drifting into a
lower status compared to other disciplines repre- In unity,
sented by CWA.
This dissatisfaction led state-employed Psychi-
atric Technicians to form CAPT in 1985. In 1986,
Psychiatric Technicians voted CWA out in favor of
CAPT, and a few years later fought off a takeover Tony Myers
attempt by CWA. People said throwing out and CAPT State President
keeping out an international union was impossible. (800) 926-2278
But we did it. Twice. To this day, CAPT remains a firstname.lastname@example.org
The Psychiatric Technician Pledge
Adopted by Delegates of CAPT’s First Annual Meeting
Having developed an awareness of the dignity encompassed in the field of Psychiatric Technology and of
my responsibility because of specialized training in the therapeutic techniques utilized in the care of individuals
with mental illness and developmental disabilities, I pledge myself:
To uphold the integrity and human dignity of those entrusted in my care, and protect them against humili-
ation, insult or injury without regard to race, color or creed.
To inspire hope and confidence and give assistance, with understanding and friendliness, in finding
realistic and meaningful living.
To continue my development of professional competence by complementing scientific study, improving
therapeutic techniques, and maintaining high standards of leadership in the field of Psychiatric Technology.
4 - AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
As Sierra Vista winds down as part of the state bud- Clifford and Collette
get cuts, with a closure date of December 31, union efforts Chesmore (right) met at
to help employees there continue. Sierra Vista. Now with the
The CAPT closure negotiation team – which includes closure, he’s looking at
Sierra Vista PTA and Chapter Vice President Jerry retirement and she’s
Whitecotton, SV PT Michelle Reyno and Community Fa- looking for a position
cilities Chapter President Arron Lockwich, a Canyon Springs elsewhere.
PTA – reached agreement with the state on several non- “They say it’s a
economic issues: chance to ‘find your
dream job,’ but this is my
• Seniority-based subdivisional worksite selection
dream job – I love doing
• Departmental placement opportunities
it,” said Collette, an SPT
• Statewide recall list
who is looking at
• Waiver of agility test
Sonoma but wondering
• Hardship transfers for spouses and domestic
what to do about the 2.5-
As of press time, the team Kathryn Johnson
was awaiting responses on ad- (left), a PT and a single mom, also is considering Sonoma
ditional proposals, which were but is concerned about relocating.
expected at a September 22 “My issue is with the unknown,” she said.
meeting. While these licensed staff consider various options,
CAPT reps have found that state PTA jobs are few and far
LIVES AFFECTED between, despite tirelessly combing through state positions.
It’s also unclear even at this date what will happen to
Many Sierra Vista Psych the clients themselves as the state continues to create a
Techs and SPTs are consider- plan for their transfers to other facilities.
ing options at other state facili- For the latest on Sierra Vista, stay in touch with
ties, where some positions are Lockwich and Whitecotton by contacting the Community
available for licensed staff. Facilities Chapter at (800) 926-2278 (15 and #).
Not receiving outreach outreach outreach
FEBRUARY / MARCH 2009UARY 09 APRIL / MAY 2009 JUNE / JULY 2009
California Association of Psychiatric Technicians California Association of Psychiatric Technicians California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
Itís FREE! CAPT says NO
Contact us to ensure we to carrying GOVERNOR’S CUTS
have your current address. the state’s load! BLEEDING US DRY
CAPT continues defense
Call: 916-329-9140 to fight against
of our jobs and services
furloughs and staffing cuts
or toll free at
800-677-2278. psychtechs.net 120 years of service
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 5
CAPT refresher course a hit at PDC
CAPT’s licensure test refresher
course is making its way around the
state, most recently taking place at
Porterville Developmental Center.
Next stop will be the Napa/Sonoma
area in October.
Sponsored by a joint labor-
management committee and funded
through money won at the 2007 bar-
gaining table, the free classes cover
all materials found on the state Psy-
chiatric Technician licensure exam.
The classes specifically are
geared toward Bargaining Unit 18
members who have taken all re-
quired Psych Tech education and
training, but have been unsuccess-
ful in passing the exam.
For more information on the
classes or to be added to the list of
interested parties, contact Debi Sonoma PTI and class master trainer Ruby Striplin, far left, and PDC PTI Lawana
Loger at (800) 677-2278 or at Tate, far right, were thrilled to bring the refresher class to 10 enthusiastic Porterville
Proud to be Psych Tech Graduates
West Hills College PT Instructor Frank Morales and Jamila Profirio Sanchez, Adam Frantzich, Aylett Hauki, Dave
Leggs O’Neal submitted this photo of West Hills College’s Ward, Dewey Cruz, Davon Walker, Charles
August 21 graduating class. Congratulations to all!: (top row) Calloway; (fourth row) Jason Legarreta, Darryl
Marius, Leas Hecht, Chris-
tine Bentley; (third row)
Melissa Mills, Vanessa
Rosas, George Petrie,
Jyotishna Singh, Jamila
Leggs O’Neal, Lisa Aguilera;
(second row) Angel Pientel,
Cinthia Martinez, Nikole
Grove, Joanna Garcia,
Karina Contreras, Roberto
Flores, Cheryl Jacquez;
(front row) Marina Casillas,
Melissa Perez, Felicia
Rodriguez, Kathleen Garcia,
Ruth Thurman, Alicia Nix,
Jacqueline Nunez, Breanna
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Budget change shifts Props for NOCs at FDC
tax withholdings CAPT’s Fairview Chapter
Check with a tax professional held a special recognition event
for its NOC shift members July
2, distributing doughnuts and
An item included in July’s budget “fix” means
coffee throughout the units and
more tax dollars are being withheld from Califor-
nians’ paychecks, to be refunded during tax time at the chapter office for those
next year. working the late-night shift.
Beginning in November, the state will “bor- “We wanted to show them
row” 10 percent of future income withholding the love,” said Fairview Chap-
taxes to raise revenue to put toward the state ter President and Psych Tech
deficit. Paul Alizaga. “We saw so many
Because each member’s situation is unique,
people – it was great!”
CAPT says you should speak with a tax profes-
sional for further information on how you are The chapter also held a
affected and if changing your withholdings is barbeque August 13 in FDC’s
worthwhile. auditorium, hosting approxi-
mately 150 union members.
FDC staff: Watch for an-
nouncements for other upcom-
Did you know CAPT
also defends licenses Which of these things can
and certificates? you bring in to an individual?
While you know our union fights for your employ-
ment and contract rights, you should also know that
CAPT is the only state employee union that defends
your license and certificate rights as well.
Our union representatives have decades-long
track records of successfully defending Psych Tech
licenses and CNA certificates before state boards.
They stand ready to assist you should the need ever
The costs of all of these services – which can run
several thousand dollars through often inexperienced
private attorneys – are covered by your regular union C D
dues and fees.
So if you need help, whether it’s on the job or your None of
with your license or certificate, don’t wait: Call CAPT the above
Bringing items in to individuals – regardless of
whether they’re in a state hospital, developmental center
or prison – constitutes overfamiliarity and can not only
endanger your job and your license or certification, but
also the safety and well-being of clients and staff alike.
If you selected D, you are correct. None of these
items are to be given.
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 7
Win means 16 months’
back pay, reinstatement
for CDCR Psych T ech
Psych Tech Gary that rounds and meds they’re done, count numb and I really
Zeyen will be return- can be safely done at toward the probation didn’t know what to
ing to work at the the same time by one period. So the think,” said the
R.J. Donovan Correc- person. We know better, department’s unfair stunned Psych Tech of
tional Facility with and CAPT continues this rejection came too late, the judge’s ruling. “I
more than a year of ongoing battle with as Zeyen already for all still don’t believe it!”
back pay coming his CDCR as well as the intents and purposes The win sets a
way, thanks to his Receiver’s Office.) passed his probation, precedent for other
work and cooperation By the time Zeyen according to CAPT similar cases happen-
with union representa- was nearing the end of representative Ann Lyles ing in the department,
tives. his probation, he had and CAPT attorney and CAPT reps are
completed more than Steve Bassoff. looking forward to
ALL ABOUT 2,000 hours of work, “The department’s getting those cases
THE HOURS counting both his regular whole argument – the resolved as well.
shift work and frequent whole situation – was “The lesson here
Zeyen, a long- mandatory overtime. just illogical,” said is, if you’re on proba-
time respected SPT at This was hundreds of Bassoff. tion, especially in
Atascadero for many hours more than the CDCR, be sure to
years, was rejected on 1,680 hours required by ‘GLAD TO GET keep track of hours
probation from State Personnel Board MY LIFE BACK’ worked, including
Donovan, where he regulations to fulfill hours of overtime,”
worked from February probation requirements. After listening to Lyles said. “It all
2007 to March 2008. Nevertheless, the Bassoff’s arguments, an counts.”
As part of his department decided to SPB judge ruled in the “I’m so grateful
duties there, the ax him. CDCR argued Zeyen’s favor June 16, to Ann, Steve and
Psych Tech did medi- that they didn’t need to requiring him to quickly CAPT for being there
cation passes during recognize the overtime be returned to his job at for me,” said Zeyen.
his shift, but then Zeyen worked while on Donovan – where he “I’m just so glad to
was frequently man- probation, and that their passed probation with get my life back.”
dated to do overtime rejection was legal as it his 2,000-plus hours --
in order to perform came before he com- and to be awarded more For more informa-
proper rounds as pleted the 1,680 hours than 16 months’ tion on CDCR issues,
well. (CDCR staff on his regular shift. But backpay and the over- contact Ann Lyles at
and Outreach readers SPB has clear rules for time he rightfully (800) 926-2278 (3 #).
are familiar with the this too: All hours earned.
department’s ongoing worked, no matter where “When I was sitting
“magical thinking” they’re done or when there, I was just really
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So much is going on in our Furloughs continued
workplaces and in our lives, but throughout our 24-hour
CAPT is staying on top of every- facilities, walloping our wal-
thing affecting us and – with your lets, our morale and our
help and support – is not giving up facilities. The furloughs
the fight. equate to a 13.85-percent pay
cut. Adding insult to injury,
HARMFUL CUTBACKS however, is our ongoing
inability to even take the days
No one in state service has off in order to find part-time
been subjected to as many harmful work elsewhere and cut back
cutbacks as those of us working in on gasoline and childcare
24-hour facilities: costs, as other state em-
ployee coworkers have been
Layoffs in DMH were miti- able to do when their facilities
gated by cutting vacancies instead close down on the infamous
of jobs, but with vacancies elimi- Furlough Fridays.
nated, that still meant fewer people
onboard to do the work and more Other cutbacks also
forced overtime required to get it continue to harm ourselves
done. DDS had zero vacancies, and our services. The gover-
CAPT officers delivered signatures supporting our
and that meant layoffs affecting nor and Legislature cut two services to the governor and legislators. The signatures
real people, namely several dozen holidays – Lincoln’s Birthday were gathered online at www.psychtechs.net.
dedicated PTAs at Lanterman and and Columbus Day – from the
Sonoma who as of press time were state calendar, directly impact-
scheduled to be laid off mid- ing those of us who must work them in DDS facilities held at least one rally
September. CAPT was working to our 24-hour facilities. What’s more, weekly to keep momentum going.
make sure anyone affected was on they eliminated the calculation of any The events garnered solid media
the state’s rehire list and will have leave time toward overtime and time- coverage, helping get our message
all their contract rights honored. and-a-half pay for remaining holidays, out to our friends, neighbors and
And CDCR’s Division of Juvenile which is especially painful for our decisionmakers.
Justice suddenly announced it bargaining unit as well.
would be closing its Heman G. • IN THE COURTS – CAPT
Stark youth facility and reopening it DETERMINED TO FIGHT legal counsel took on a unique angle
as an adult institution. The an- on Governor Schwarzenegger’s
nouncement caused a ripple effect Even with all that’s going on, furlough foolishness. In the suit filed
throughout the department as Stark though, we simply refuse to give up! August 17, we say the governor
employees and others in CDCR We’re determined to fight: violated state Labor Code 212, which
with lower seniority scores re- requires us to be paid in cash or with
ceived surplus notices. In addition, • ON THE STREETS – Hun- cash equivalents, such as checks;
Sierra Vista is still scheduled for dreds of CAPT members hit the streets
closure at the end of this year (see in recent weeks in an across-the-state
page 5 for details). show of solidarity. All DMH and larger -- continued on page 10
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 9
continued from page 9 --
however, the state has said
time and again that furloughs
have “no cash value.” The
lawsuit was combined with
the suit we filed earlier this
year, which argues that the
furloughs violate the federal
Fair Labor Standards Act by
only paying us for 32 hours
a week, when we’re still
required to work 40 hours a Here are the latest answers to some of your most frequently asked
week in our ‘round-the-clock questions on how to use furloughs in our 24-hour facilities.
facilities. A decision on our
legal action could come
through this fall.
• AT THE CAPITOL –
In addition to our ongoing
legislative advocacy, CAPT
F U R LO U G H
HOW DO I USE FURLOUGH DAYS?
Furlough hours, which have no cash value, will be applied prior to
the use of accrued leave, which can be banked up and cashed out. Fur-
lough time will be applied in lieu of vacation leave, annual leave, sick
leave or any other accrued leave. If you’re out of sick leave, you can still
use furlough days or hours if you are sick. Furlough hours shall not be
considered as accrued time for the vacation bid process. You can’t bid
launched an online petition furlough hours, but, once your vacation time is bid and awarded, you can
to gather signatures from substitute furlough hours for bid vacation time. Furlough days can be
Californians in support of used in one-hour increments. If your request a furlough day and it’s
our services. The signatures granted, it can be used in conjunction with your regular day off.
were delivered by union
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO USE FURLOUGH DAYS?
officers directly to the
All furlough days -- 44 days total -- must be taken within two years
governor and legislators.
following the end of the furlough program, which is June 30, 2010.
CAPT reps also were
working with Senate re- ARE FURLOUGH DAYS UNPAID?
searchers studying the Furlough days are unpaid leave days that are banked and used as
effects of furloughs on level- leave time. An employee works at a reduction in pay of 13.85 percent per
of-care services and staff. month, and then banks furlough days for future use. The furlough days
have zero cash value, and you receive no cash-out of furlough hours left
“I’ve been all over the over when you separate.
state and attended many IS ANYONE NOT AFFECTED BY FURLOUGHS?
rallies these past few The furlough program doesn’t affect workers on a leave of absence
weeks, and the turnout has without pay, on military leave or who are seasonal.
been amazing,” said Tony
DO FURLOUGH DAYS COUNT TOWARD OVERTIME?
Myers, CAPT state presi-
Time during which an employee is off work due to taking a furlough
dent. “What our members
day doesn’t count as hours worked within the week for the purpose of
have told me time and again
determining overtime. If you are required to work on a day designated as
on the picket line is that they your furlough day, that time will count as hours worked for the purpose of
at least want a day’s pay for overtime.
a day’s work – that’s where
a lot of feeling of the I’M RETIRING SOON. DO FURLOUGHS AFFECT MY
governor’s unfairness lies.” RETIREMENT BENEFITS?
The furlough program will not affect retirement credits, state ser-
STAY IN TOUCH! vice credits, leave accruals, medical benefits, lump-sum payments, or
EIDL/IDL/Non-Industrial/Involuntary leave payments.
These issues are fluid
and news is coming fast. WHAT IS CAPT DOING ABOUT FURLOUGHS?
These guidelines were current as of press time, but things
Now more than ever, stay in
continue to change quickly. CAPT will continue to fight furloughs
touch with your chapter
on all possible fronts. News is moving fast, so stay in touch with
office and keep your eye on
your chapter president, and keep an eye on www.psychtechs.net.
10 -AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
Local CAPT Chapters speak out
ocal CAP Chapters
against harmful staffing cuts
“I’m selling aluminum cans for gas money to
get to work.”
– Jose “Louie” Lujan, MSH
“It’s not just about pay but patient care.”
– Latasha Fields, MSH
“Because of floats and overtime, continuity of
care is affected.”
– Ty Harries, MSH
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 11
“Just take eight hours to see what we do.”
– Shante Randall, FDC
“It’s client safety and staff safety too.”
– Trinidad Labutong, FDC
“It’s nearly impossible to provide five-star
care with two-star staffing.”
– Amanda Oliver, FDC
“I know people who have lost their homes,
lost their cars or have gotten two jobs.”
– Hector Velez, PSH
“People are struggling just to make it.”
– Stacey Lambirth, PSH
12 - AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
“My five-year-old now asks me, ‘Mommy, are you
going to work a double today?’ But I think the clients
are suffering more than any of us.”
– Chimere Gray, PSH
“If PTAs get laid off, it will affect clients’ level of care.”
– Evelia Zaporteza, SDC
“Have the governor come and work with us and he
will double our pay.”
– Kathleen Calvano, CSH
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 13
“My difficulty is paying rent and trying
– Nanyamka Jones, CSH
“Where can I get help? Everything’s
– Arnel Bausanta, NSH
“I’m filing for bankruptcy this week. We
just can’t do it.”
– Anonymous, SDC
“People are stressing over their personal lives, and the
clients pick up on that and can feel the stress too.”
– Anonymous, LDC
“For me, it’s a stress reliever to fight back.”
– Pam Hill, LDC
CAPT will continue to fight back!
GET INVOLVED: Contact your Chapter office and
14 - AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
H1N1 – commonly known as “swine dozens of them were suspected of having
flu” – is making its way around the world, swine flu.
and our state facilities aren’t immune. Many of the above examples violate
our contract in some way, for instance:
WHAT IS IT? • You are not required to bring a
H1N1 is a type of influenza virus doctor’s note unless you’ve been
that causes respiratory disease. Most absent for more than three consecu-
people in the United States who have tive days and there is a demonstrable
been affected in the United States have pattern of sick-leave abuse, or unless
had mild cases, but the virus has spread your supervisor has reason to believe
with such virulence that the World Health the absence is unauthorized.
Organization has declared it a global • You are not required to answer
pandemic. tons of questions about why you are
The illness is similar to regular staying home due to illness.
seasonal flu; however, it is not seasonal, • You are not required to stay
nausea and vomiting are more prevalent, home if your family member is ill.
many older adults are showing stronger CAPT representatives will remain
respiratory symptoms and many patients one told the Psych Techs nor were there vigilant on all these issues and will
are not initially showing fevers, leading any warnings or notifications posted. contest them if needed, but your help is
them to feel and believe they are healthy When Psych Techs finally were told of needed as well: If you have concerns
and to carry on as usual, further spread- affected inmates, they were the only staff over how H1N1 is being handled at your
ing this very contagious virus. who were required to go in and do rounds facility, contact your chapter president.
while other staff were allowed to stay One other thing to remember is, if
FACILITY RESPONSES VARY away from those with the illness. Warn- you contract H1N1 at work, it may be a
Our patients, clients and members ings were put on doors after union reps workers’ comp issue. If you are working
have been coming down with H1N1, and were informed and called the facility. with clients or patients known to have the
our departments and facilities’ responses • San Quentin: The facility quar- virus and you become sick too, contact
have varied from place to place, such as: antined several hundred inmates after your chapter office immediately.
• Sonoma: The facility had three
H1N1 Guidelines & Info
units with clients infected with swine flu;
affected units had warnings on the doors.
The employees stayed in place. If the
employees became sick, they were SYMPTOMS PREVENTION
required to stay home 10 days and to get Fever above 100.4 °F Cover nose and mouth with tissue when
a doctor’s note of clearance. Cough coughing or sneezing
• Sierra Vista: Employees and Sore throat Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand
Headache cleaners frequently
visitors’ temperature is taken upon arrival
Chills Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
to the facility; if the temperature is high,
Muscle aches Avoid close contact if possible
the employee must wait for one hour for Diarrhea Stay home if you become ill
the temperature to be taken again; if it’s Vomiting
still high, the employees and visitors are Emergency signs include: FOR MORE INFO
sent home. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath For more information on H1N1, contact the
• Canyon Springs: Employees Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen California Department of Public Health’s
who call in sick have been subjected to a Sudden dizziness special H1N1 hotline at (888) 865-0564.
battery of questions about symptoms and Confusion For representational or workplace safety
have been required to bring in doctor’s Severe or persistent vomiting questions, contact your chapter office.
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return
notes; others are told not to come in even
with fever and worsened cough
if a family member tested positive for the
illness. Information compiled from the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for
• California Institution for Men: Disease Control and Prevention and the Mayo Clinic; photo courtesy of www.cdc.gov
Inmates were infected with H1N1, but no
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 15
Jwoab rds Do you know who
your stewards are?
When you have a need for representation, it’s important that you know
who to turn to.
As the front line of CAPT’s representation program, job stewards play an
important role in providing effective representation to Bargaining Unit 18
employees at the chapter level.
Stewards help coworkers resolve all kinds of job-related problems and
concerns. They attempt to work things out informally if possible, but also can
help you file grievances over contract violations and formal complaints over
other issues. Job stewards also provide representation in parts of the adverse
Here is a current list of the job stewards for each chapter. Each steward
has received training conducted by CAPT representatives and activists
judged by the CAPT Board of Directors as qualified to provide the training.
This list is updated as needed and each steward is approved by the
chapter president and State President Tony Myers. Those with asterisks (**)
following their names also are CAPT officers.
ATASCADERO COMMUNITY FACILITIES CA Men’s Colony
Cary Burns Canyon Springs Sarah Jardine
Cindy Collins Arron Lockwich** Melanie Taylor
Paul Hannula** Ruben Rios CA Medical Facility
Richard Marshall Michelle Ladrigan
John Myers** Olga Valles
Eric Ramos** Pedro Zamora
Jerry Whitecotton** CSP - Corcoran
Steven Wright** CORRECTIONS & REHABILITATION Juan Alvarado
COALINGA Avenal Deborah Levine
Courtney Carpenter Larry (Lucky) Lucketta**
Kathleen Calvano CSP - Los Angeles
(James) Robert McCullough
Allison Chavez Tracy Doherty
Linda Davis CA Correctional Inst. Deena Grant**
Olen Bryan Finney Linda Ellett Anthony Pope
Jamie Garcia Elva Salinas
Stephen Guillen Brian Tweedy CSP - Sacramento
Eugenia Hernandez** John Byrne
CA Inst. for Men Kathy Gustafson
Jessica Howe Charlie Jones
John Kowall Lourinda Hernandez**
Jack Martin Sydney Lahidji
Tyree Leggs Robert Shirley
Juan Mata** Kim Morin
Angela Myers CA Inst. for Women Debbie Peck
Tameka Moore (Walker) Bruno Brito Tamar Reed
Juan Nolasco** Anthony Jones John Sullivan
Amanda Wood Josette Manning CSP - Solano
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CDCR (con’t) FAIRVIEW (con’t) PATTON
Erik Mota Willie Bell
CSP - Wasco
Amanda Oliver** Alice Benson
Shante Randall Reggie Blocker
Ginger Tanner** Michelle Brown
Diana Townsend Theresa Cogan
Central CA Women’s Facility Randy Tyer Anthony Coley
Hussain Alhashimi Mark Cruz
Adrian Peters LANTERMAN George Hernandez
Gayle Royal Corey Armstrong Sarah Hernandez
Chuckawalla Valley Jason Brownstein Sylvia Hernandez**
Stanley Sandoval Michael Callaway Laurie Hill
Stacey Ferguson Joanetta Houston
Correctional Training Facility Abigal Khoe
Cynthia Chatman Joshua Kittel
Deuel Vocational Institute Steve Miller Kevin Moak
Angelo Mendoza Virginia Marquez Jeanette (Jamie) Moore
Robert Newman** Lessie Moore**
Ironwood Cindy Pace
Daisy Wells Evelyn Nunnally**
Gary Stewart Gabriel Rahn
Mule Creek Amy Tull Teresa Rennick**
Laura Kizziah Kathleen Wade Nate Rushing
Brenda Montelongo Jerry White** Nadia Sahawneh
North Kern Brad Whitehead** Brenda Schell
Jeannie Ream Shirley Williams Edward Scott
Pelican Bay METROPOLITAN Melody Viramontes
James Nusser Phillip Black Arnold Wood
Calvin Pearson Frank Blacksher Cheryl Wooters
R.J. Donovan Gena Carabajal Monique Young
Roland Milan Edward Collaso** PORTERVILLE
Salinas Valley Ruth Flores
Ruben Gallegos Shawn Byars
Carlos (Chuck) Garcia** Cecelia Chapman
San Quentin Lydia Greico Karen Cook
John Hammond Jesus (Andres) Guerrero Francisco Davalos
Sierra Conservation Nancy Johnson Rita Earley
Lisa Brady Ed Lair Matt Gemmell
Lia Day Kim Liu Kasey Gifford
Edgardo Lopez Stephan Graham
Substance Abuse TF Jason Martin Terry Lorenzo
Jennifer Are** Betty Martinez Elizabeth Rafferty**
Chris Craig Oscar Mejia Katherine Ramirez How to become
Valley SP for Women Don Pieratt Mike Simental** a Job Steward
Kendra Medina Nicky Sonteya Ed Vartanian**
Stephaney Ochoa Eric Soto** CAPT is always seeking
SONOMA Psych Techs who want
No. California Youth Center Ruben Soto
Van Torns Jill Alexander to help their colleagues.
Gemma Bartolome Circe Bisby**
NAPA If you are an active
John Coldren Joyce Collins
Karen Ashworth** Caron Ewald** member in good standing
Vella Lymuel and want to become a
Patricia Bliton Jorge (JJ) Fernandez
Youth Training School Chris Cullen Katrise Fraund job steward, contact
Eva Bryant Nina Dalao Megan Gordon your local CAPT office
Garry Calas Carrie Karn** Amalia (Lia) Landrum (listed on page 3)
Brad Leggs** Christy Morgan to get involved.
Linda Monahan Jolane Schneider**
Paul Alizaga** Joyce Taylor Ruby Striplin
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 17
Injured at work? Residential-choice bill
now at 60 cosponsors
Show it with a photo
“I was in the EOP IDTT with four other clinicians
and one inmate. Without provocation, the inmate
stood up, picked up his chair, scanned the room and
threw the chair at me. I got nine staples. Very scary.”
– Julie Bell, PT, Wasco State Prison
If you are injured at work, CAPT is seeking
photos of your injuries. Your photographs will provide
powerful evidence to decisionmakers that working in
our facilities is difficult and dangerous.
Contact your chapter office immediately for
assistance if you are hurt on the job. They can also
photograph your injuries for recordkeeping and CAPT consultant Brady Oppenheim met with Rep. Doris
Matsui’s staff on VOR and CAPT issues.
possible publication. You can specify if you would not
like to be identified in any publications, but details of
what happened and how you received your injuries Federal legislation giving clients and their fami-
are important. lies the right to opt-out of developmental-center-closure
You may also send photos and details directly to lawsuits has now gained a whopping 60 Congressional
Brady Oppenheim at email@example.com or at cosponsors from both parties.
CAPT Headquarters, 1220 S St., Ste. 100, Sacra- The legislation – H.R. 1255 by Rep. Barney Frank
mento, Calif. 95811. – is a simple bill requiring residents of developmental
centers and their legal guardians to be notified of class-
action closure lawsuits, as well as to give them the right
to opt-out of such lawsuits if they’re satisfied with the
There currently is no law requiring families and
their loved ones to be informed of lawsuits, and resi-
dents and guardians often are included in the legal ac-
tions against their will. The lawsuits frequently result in
the downsizing or closure of developmental centers and
the removal of clients against their or their guardians’
“As the chairman of our Legislative Committee
says, it is highly unusual to see such widespread sup-
port from Democrats and Republicans on a bill, particu-
larly one that has major opposition,” said VOR legisla-
tive advocate Peter Kinsler. “You usually see such bi-
partisan support only on bills that endorse things like
National Apple Pie Week.”
The bill is sponsored by VOR, the only national
organization advocating a full range of residential op-
tions and services for people with developmental dis-
abilities: from homes and community residences to larger
congregate facilities and developmental centers.
CAPT strongly supports H.R. 1255: a common-
sense bill for clients and families. For more information
on this legislation and its progress, visit www.vor.net.
18 - AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
Poverty risk six times greater
for workers without pensions
A new study highlights ing determination to reduce
the important societal role defined-benefit pension
defined-benefit pensions like plans for his employees. He
ours play in reducing United previously headed an all-out
States’ retired workers’ pov- initiative campaign in 2005
erty rates. to put new employees in in-
In The Pension Factor: ferior defined-contribution
Assessing the Role of retirement plans. However,
Defined Benefit Plans in Re- CAPT and other state and
ducing Elder Hardships, public employee unions suc-
researchers found: cessfully defeated his initia-
• Rates of poverty tive plan.
among older households But the governor con-
lacking pension incomes tinues to push for pension
about six times greater com- cuts for new employees and
pared to those with defined- has said he will revisit this
benefit pensions. issue in coming months.
• $7.3 billion in public CAPT has a long history of
assistance cost savings due defending our defined-ben-
to retirees receiving pension efit pensions for current and
benefits. future workers, and will con-
• 1.72 million fewer tinue to do so.
poor households and 2.97 million able, legally guaranteed retirement pay- “These pension benefits don’t
fewer near-poor households because ments to beneficiaries, who along with just benefit retirees: They are a major
of pension benefits. their employers contributed to their pen- draw to recruit new staff to state ser-
• 560,000 fewer households sion savings, which were then profes- vice, especially more challenging jobs
experiencing a food hardship, among sionally invested (in our case, by like ours,” said CAPT State President
many other findings. CalPERS). Defined-benefit pension Tony Myers. “And as this recent study
“With our analysis, we now have plans are superior to defined-contribu- also shows, modest but fair defined-
hard numbers of the people and bud- tion plans – commonly known as benefit pensions also help retirees live
get impacts of pensions,” said Dr. “401(k)s” – which do not guarantee pay- independently, instead of working de-
Frank Porell of the University of Mas- ments or lifelong benefits and are sub- cades only then have to rely on pub-
sachusetts - Boston, who coauthored ject to the frequent ups and downs of the lic-assistance programs.”
the study with the National Institute on stock market.
Retirement Security. “The bottom line: California Gov. Arnold The entire NIRS report can be
Pensions help older Americans es- Schwarzenegger has voiced his ongo- found at www.nirsonline.org.
cape poverty – especially women and
minorities who we know are most vul-
Did you know...?
STATE EMPLOYEE PERSPECTIVE
The great majority – 75 percent – of CalPERS pension
This new study comes as more benefits come from investment returns. The remaining 25
employers are looking to reduce or percent come from employee and employer contributions.
eliminate defined-benefit pension
plans, or any retirement plans or con-
tributions altogether. Traditional
pension plans provide lifelong, reason-
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 19
We ‘shall’ fight
Vacation Leave Bidding
It’s that time again – time to bid on your vacation leave for the coming year.
Information on these contract provisions are
Article 6.2 of CAPT’s contract outlines our rights in all state departments – DMH, DDS and CDCR
located in the 2006-2008 CAPT Contract:
– to bid for slots of time off by seniority. Bidding procedures vary slightly from department to department,
and you should refer to your contract for specific details on your facility.
But no matter what department you’re in, don’t sell yourself short! CAPT urges you to bid
for your maximum amount of vacation days possible, up to the limit of 32 days off during the
vacation year. It is your right to take and use your time off, and your department must abide by your
rightfully bid vacations.
Article 6.2, Page 24
And remember: Facilities that don’t make proper arrangements for your position to be covered
while you’re on vacation can’t deny your vacation based on “legitimate operating needs.” It’s not your
fault if your facility can’t make plans. You earned it; you bid for it; you get it!
For more information on Article 6.2 or any other CAPT contract rights, or if you are concerned that
your rights are being violated, contact your chapter office.
Under our scope: Trach care
Tracheostomy care is just one more thing Psych Techs can do
under our scope of practice.
Tracheostomies are permanent or semi-permanent procedures
to create an opening through the neck into the trachea. A tube is
usually placed through this opening to provide an airway and remove
secretions from the lungs. This tube is called a “tracheostomy tube”
or “trach tube.”
Jerry White knows what he’s talking about. He’s worked in
Lanterman Developmental Center’s skilled nursing services for 27
years and has valuable expertise in caring for clients who have this
procedure, many of whom are extremely medically fragile.
“It takes a lot of hands-on, time-consuming care,” said White,
who also is Lanterman Chapter’s vice president. “Trachs require a lot
of suctioning. They tend to flood with mucus, and mucus floods can
kill you. You have to ensure the canullas stay clean, and even tying
trach ties is an art. Most of the people I deal with require continuous
oxygen given right into the trach itself.”
White noted that many people find dealing with trachs can be
“scary,” but that it’s not hard, and simply takes practice and patience.
“I find that it’s a challenge and a place where you can actually
make a difference in these people’s lives,” he said.
20 - AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
CAPT CMC vacation-bid win
benefits all departments
A major decision on California Men’s Colony vacation
bidding strengthens our rights at other state facilities as well.
A FACILITY IN DENIAL
On Oct. 31, 2008, CMC management announced out of
the blue – and without a bit of notice to CAPT – that the facil-
ity would change its vacation bidding process. Vacation bids
would start November 4 and take place in two rounds: first
everyone would bid for one vacation period, and then come
back a few weeks later and bid for a second. After all was said
and done, there weren’t enough vacation slots for everyone to
bid a second vacation period so everyone could get their right-
ful time off.
This wasn’t the first time CMC had tried to do creative
things with vacation bidding. When the facility’s Psych Tech
staffing increased overnight from 11 to 33 positions as part of
court-required Coleman mental-health improvements, CMC
management didn’t factor in any relief time for staff. Every
time something strange happened, job stewards and union staff
At the arbitration hearing, in addition to the minimum/
filed grievances and won them.
maximum tack, CMC argued they don’t have the budget or
But CMC apparently was hoping we wouldn’t notice their
staffing to allow everyone to take all the vacation days they’ve
latest flub. With the 2008 bidding, CMC job steward Melanie
Taylor called CAPT CDCR consultant Ann Lyles and told her
“That’s not our problem,” said Ken Murch, CAPT’s chief
all about the weird bid goings-on.
representative, who along with Taylor and Lyles represented
“When we were made to do it according to their new
the union’s side at the arbitration. “If you limit our time, you
process, I got only eight days of vacation, another person only
limit our rights.”
got four, and five lateral transfers didn’t get a single day of
The arbitrator issued a written ruling in CAPT’s favor
vacation,” said Taylor. “I brought it to management’s atten-
August 2. In addition to returning vacation bidding back to
tion, and they kept saying, ‘It’s the budget; it’s just the way it
normal, giving affected employees an extra bidding slot and
is.’ But I said, ‘What about our contract?’”
allowing them all of the time off they weren’t able to take,
Alarmed, Lyles immediately filed a grievance, which
CMC must also now pay the cost for the hearing and the
wended its way through the grievance levels until it reached
the state level at CDCR.
“What really gets you is the lack of sensitivity shown by
And what was CDCR’s response to our grievance?
California Men’s Colony management regarding developing
“They said the two bidding periods and the 32 days are a
staffing relief schedules to provide vacation time off for its
maximum, not a guaranteed minimum,” said Lyles. “It was be-
employees,” said Murch. “Our members have rightfully earned
yond belief: I absolutely couldn’t believe what I was hearing.” meaningful time off with their families.”
ARBITRATION BRINGS WIN “When Ann called me with the result, I got chills; I got
tears in my eyes,” said Taylor.
To move the issue along, the union chose to use expe- What’s more, the ruling not only applies to CMC but also
dited arbitration. As outlined in our contract (Article 13.4), clarifies and cements our right to bid for our fully earned vaca-
expedited arbitration is a special grievance procedure allowed tion times at other facilities and departments throughout the state.
for specific issues: leaves and holidays (as with CMC’s situa- “It’s neat because all of the employees here have heard
tion), merit salary adjustments, hours of work and overtime, we’ve won this grievance,” said Taylor. “I really would like to
and working conditions. With this process, a neutral arbitrator thank Ann and Ken – they were amazing.”
is brought in to hear both sides and issues a legally binding For more information on vacation-bid rights or any other
decision. contract rights, contact your chapter office.
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 21
Help coworkers through CL donations
Article 6.9 of the CAPT contract gives Psych donation form, or use the form included at the link on
Techs the right to request leave donations from cowork- CAPT’s website at: www.psychtechs.net.
ers in cases of financial hardship due to injury or the If you need help and have received department
prolonged illness of the Psych Tech or his or her family approval to get leave donations, contact Brady
member, or for parental or adoption leave purposes. Oppenheim at (800) 677-2278 to be included in our
You can help by donating vacation, annual leave, publications. You also may qualify for reduced union
personal leave, CTO and holiday credits. Simply contact dues while you recuperate. Contact your chapter presi-
your personnel office to fill out a Catastrophic Leave dent to find out more.
PSYCH TECHS IN NEED OF
CA ASTROPHIC LEAVE DONATIONS
Ron Smothers, PT, CDCR/CIW: Maria Martinez, PT, Fairview:
Requesting donations as he recovers from major Requesting donations as she copes with serious work-
car-accident injuries. related complications.
David Roster, PT, CDCR/CSP Solano: Victoria Barnes, PT, Lanterman:
Requesting donations as he recovers from a Requesting donations as she recovers from open-heart
broken elbow and blood infection. surgery.
Debra Thornburgh, PT, CDCR/KVSP: Francis Nwagbara, PT, Metropolitan:
Requesting donations as she recovers from Requesting donations as he recovers from a serious
numerous surgeries. accident and related surgery.
Lia Day, PT, CDCR/SCC: Evangeline Haith, PTA, Napa:
Requesting donations as she undergoes treat- Requesting donations as she recovers from open-heart
ment for breast cancer. surgery.
Debra Herrick, PT, CDCR/SVSP: Richard Thorp, PT, Sonoma:
Requesting donations as she copes with a health Requesting donations as he recovers from triple-bypass
condition. heart surgery.
Cindy Tabor, SPT, Coalinga:
Requesting donations as she recovers from a
Want to find out how many
leg/ankle injury. donations you’ve received?
Linda DeBeaumont, PT, Fairview:
Contact your facility’s
Requesting donations as she copes with a recent personnel department.
heart transplant and MRSA infection.
Do you know who your beneficiary is?
If you’ve filled out a CAPT membership application money will go to your estate. This means that the funds
and left the “beneficiary” line blank, we don’t know who could go to your creditors instead of your loved one as you
your beneficiary is either. had intended. Or, if you haven’t updated your beneficiary
CAPT union members receive the exclusive benefit information in a long time, your benefits will go to whom-
of $5,000 in group term life insurance and an additional ever you put on your membership application, whether or
$5,000 in accidental death and dismemberment cover- not that’s the person you want them to go to now.
age. When you sign up to become a full union member, If you’re unsure about your beneficiary, or want to
these funds go to your beneficiary if something happens become a full union member and enjoy this and other
to you. benefits, contact Debi Loger at (800) 677-2278 or at
But if we don’t have any beneficiary listed for you, the firstname.lastname@example.org.
22 - AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
CAPT and Pre-Paid Legal Services have joined forces
to offer our members legal service at reduced rates!
Have you ever ...
worried about a job-related criminal charge?
worried about identity theft?
been overcharged for a repair?
tried to return a defective product?
recieved a traffic ticket?
lost a security deposit?
signed a contract?
purchased a home?
prepared a will?
CALL NOW and take advantage of this new benefit today!
Bill Butkovich, Independent Associate 877-507-8678 (ext. 4)
CAPT supports Jelincic, Shimada for CalPERS
CAPT’s board has voted to endorse J.J. Jelincic for CalPERS’ member-at-large seat.
Jelincic has more than 20 years’ experience working for CalPERS as an investment officer. With a B.A. in eco-
nomics, and M.B.A. in finance and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, he has worked in the department’s stock,
fixed income and real estate investment units. Jelincic also set up CalPERS’ futures program, has run the stock trading
desk and worked in corporate governance area of investments.
He also has a long history as a union activist, including recently serving as president of the California State
Employees Association for four years, as well as serving as the labor appointee on Governor Schwarzenegger’s
California Performance Review Commission.
“I believe my diversified career path, my investment experience, my experience dealing with a wide range of
interests, and my knowledge of CalPERS and its key players creates an opportunity to serve all CalPERS members
effectively,” said Jelincic.
SHIMADA ENDORSED FOR CALPERS TOO
The CAPT board also has endorsed Kurato Shimada for a separate seat on the CalPERS board. Shimada has
served on the CalPERS board for more than 20 years and chairs the organization’s Benefits and Program Administra-
tion Committee, which oversees retirement benefit administration.
Ballots were mailed to all eligible active and retired CalPERS members on Sept. 4, 2009; the deadline to return
them is October 2.
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER - 23
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Top STUDIES OF INTEREST
Dementia set Movie depictions
Report: 8 million
drive negative year consider
a year consider
mental-health stereotypes suicide
Hollywood shows schizophrenics and those with other More than 8 million
More than 35 million mental illnesses only as stupid or evil: a stereotype that, ac- Americans seriously
people around the world cording to a new study, has not significantly changed over a consider suicide each year,
are living with Alzheimer’s century of cinema. says the U.S. Substance
disease or other types of A survey of 1,989 people found that 49 percent had seen Abuse and Mental Health
dementia – a number people with a mental illness acting violently on screen, with Services Administration.
that’s set to skyrocket 44 percent of those SAMHSA surveyed
barring a real medical asked saying they 46,190 people aged 18 and
breakthrough. believed people over and found:
According to the with mental ill- • People 18 to 25
World Alzheimer Report, nesses were more years old were far more
dementia will nearly prone to violence. likely to have seriously
double every 20 years The survey considered suicide in the
and will grow to affect a and related study previous year, compared to
staggering 115.4 million pointed to the latest those 26 to 49 years old;
people by 2050. Batman film as a • Among those 50
“We are facing an clear example of and older, 2.3 percent
emergency,” said Dr. negative stereotyp- seriously considered
Daisy Acosta, who heads ing, with both actor suicide;
Alzheimer’s Disease Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning “Joker” character (above) and • Among people with
International. Arron Eckhart’s “Two-Face” character motivated purely by the a substance-abuse disor-
The report urges the “evil” of mental illness. der, 11 percent had consid-
World Health Organiza- “The incorrect stereotype in both cases...is that ered suicide, compared
tion to declare dementia a schizophrenics have multiple personality disorder, and that with 3 percent without such
health priority and for that second personality is always evil,” said researchers Dr. disorders.
national governments to Peter Byrne, a film expert and psychiatrist at London’s About 32,000 suicides
follow suit. Newham University Hospital. “This is omnipresent in cinema occur in the United States
misrepresentations.” each year.