Therapists, Experts In Post-Trauma Care Asked To Volunteer In Sacramento After Stephon Clark Shooting
Mayor Darrell Steinberg is not committing city funds to the process at the moment so the work would be dependent on volunteers.
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Mayor Says He’s Deploying Volunteer Mental Health Workers To South Sacramento
Mayor Darrell Steinberg has put out a call for mental health professionals to bring services to Stephon Clark’s Meadowview neighborhood, and other areas that have been hard hit by the incident. When 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot by police in his grandmother’s backyard last month, neighborhood residents cried out for accountability from law enforcement. They also asked for more resources -- including mental health services -- in their communities. Now, the mayor is asking psychologists, therapists, social workers and other professionals trained in trauma based care to provide services in neighborhoods grappling with violence and poverty. (Caiola, 4/20)
In other news from across the state —
Sacramento State Had Lead And Chemical Safety Problems. Does CSU Have Systemwide Issues?
Lead exposure and a chemical spill at Sacramento State are expected to feature prominently in a state audit scheduled for release Tuesday examining whether the California State University system has health and safety deficiencies. As The Sacramento Bee reported last year, Sacramento State chemistry lab employees said they became infertile or had other health problems because they were exposed to chemicals in badly ventilated rooms and were required to clean up a solvent more hazardous than they realized. The university also shut off drinking fountains last year after a professor found high levels of lead in the water. (Lambert, 4/22)
E. Coli Levels Drop In Sacramento Rivers
New tests taken at one of Sacramento’s most popular public beaches recorded the lowest levels of E. coli in the water all year. The bacteria is typically found in fecal matter and can enter local waterways through domestic or wild animal waste, sewage overflows, illegal trash dumping and storm water systems. Most strains don’t pose a threat to humans, but high levels of E. coli found in Sacramento’s rivers and streams have concerned officials enough to warn swimmers about potential health risks. (Luna, 4/21)