ADMHS director Ann Detrick

Paul Wellman

ADMHS director Ann Detrick

Ann Detrick Is Done

County’s Director of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services Department Resigns

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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The embattled director of the County of Santa Barbara’s Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services Department is resigning next month, according to a letter that was sent to department staff and the mental health commissioners this afternoon.

Ann Detrick, who came to Santa Barbara County from Massachusetts, has been at the county for almost five years. “I have been strongly dedicated to the Department and its mission,” she wrote. “For me, it is time to change direction and pursue work in another setting where my focus can be more evenly divided between programmatic and fiscal priorities.”

Detrick inherited a department that was in the midst of severe financial issues, and during her tenure the department learned ADMHS had been inappropriately billing the state; at one point in March 2009, they reported a $19 million negative cash balance. Since then, more liabilities have been uncovered.

For more on Detrick’s tenure, click here.


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Any administrator that can work with this dysfunctional bunch of elected officials for 5 years deserves a medal. She inherited a mess and worked under micro managers. Good luck at whatever you chose to do from here. It will be an improvement.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
October 10, 2012 at 3:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why did MarianneG take off her comment?

SBlife4 (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 8:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

She didn't, it was removed by the Indy

MarianneG (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

MarianneG is an anonymous commenter pretending to be someone that he or she is not. That is why the comment was removed.

Matt (Matt Kettmann)
October 11, 2012 at 2:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Too bad all the media is controlled, or the real story, which is far worse and more dynamic than any can imagine, would come out.
I've been researching WHY, mental health care is so bad here, for a destitute family member with severe alcoholism. I came across this. It makes me sick and scares the crap out of me. What is our world coming to? And this was 7 years ago! No wonder it is where it is now.

McCullough (anonymous profile)
June 2, 2013 at 5:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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