City-wide drunk driving patrols between 6/10 and 6/14 resulted in the arrest of four people out of the nine stopped for evaluation of sobriety, according to a 6/16 announcement from the department. In addition to the intoxicated driving arrests, four people were cited for driving with a suspended license or without a license at all. Altogether, 97 vehicles were stopped.
Effective 7/1, private company Prison Health Services, Inc., will provide mental health services as well as medical services to inmates at the Santa Barbara County Jail. While the company had been providing medical help, it will now be replacing the Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Services department in giving mental health help to those who need it. County staff say the company will save the county money while increasing services to inmates.
The Santa Barbara Tea Fire Response Fund, a community organization begun in the wake of last November’s Tea Fire, on 6/15 began the third of four planned dispersal periods during which victims of the blaze can receive financial aid. During this dispersal period, $62,086.16 will be given out-53 percent to help those who are self-employed and whose businesses have been affected by the fire, 45 percent to housing needs, and the remaining 2 percent to medical needs. So far, people and organizations have donated $434,447.15 to the fund.