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Boards of Supervisors meet Tuesday morning in Shasta and Butte counties. Here’s a review of some of the issues facing local lawmakers:  

 

Shasta County officials will consider a three-year, $7.5 million deal with Prime Healthcare Services and Shasta Regional Medical Center to triage, diagnose and treat those detained following psychiatric outbursts. While county officials don’t expect a cost savings, treatment will be delivered more quickly to psychiatric patients, reducing burdens on local emergency rooms.  

 

Local elected officials in Butte and Shasta Counties will consider a number of different issues when they meet Tuesday morning.  

The Butte County Board of Supervisors is set consider a change in wording that would designate the county jail a mental health facility, at least as far as inmates are concerned. Officials pushing the concept say it will reduce lengthy trial competency delays. Currently those ruled incompetent to stand trial must wait for treatment in a state hospital, where few beds exist.

Marc Albert

Going out for the day takes a little extra time for 27-year-old Wesley Lemner. Complications at delivery left him with permanent brain damage.

In a back bedroom, Wesley’s mom, Margo, adjusts his cap as he gets ready for a trip outside.

As he heads for the door, Wes half brushes, half slaps his hair and head repeatedly.

Wesley is among about 450,000 recipients of In-Home Supportive Services, a joint federal, state and county program offering direct assistance to the disabled, the elderly and the infirm. Caregivers might help a recipient clean up after using the restroom, get dressed, prepare meals, run errands or change out oxygen tanks. Periodically evolving since its first iteration in the 1950s, IHSS is geared toward maintaining the independence of those needing help.