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Hear from witnesses to the seclusion and restraint of a Coalinga State Hospital patient, Riccardo King, who was forcibly medicated and tied down to a bed for a few weeks. The man was unable to understand commands, yet was being verbally and physically abused. Another sad story of abuse/neglect at CSH is presented.
Then, hear from a man who successfully exited CSH in 2012, when his "SVP" case was dropped in Los Angeles County court. Clem reports in and discusses his life now, in Texas.
Men residing at the infamous institution speak out regarding retaliation, abuse and neglect. Why is the patient population of Coalinga State Hospital being treated so horrifically? Could it be that there is no "watchdog" overseeing the institution, as there is for prisons and other patients--those who are deemed mentally ill? Why isn't there a specific policy spelled out for the "SVP" population, as there is for people in prison (Title 15)? Why does it seem that the few "bad apples," whether staff or officers, are not fired--but in many cases, promoted? Why does a facility like this one have an astronomical budget (spending over $3 billion in California taxpayer dollars since the infamous institution opened its doors), yet very little media/public information released? Is it possible--do CSH employees really not have to pass the same psychiatric exam that CDCR employees do?
CSH News explores these important issues and more...
NOTE: This episode was rescheduled from last Thursday.
In an article entitled "Need surgery? Good luck getting hospital cost info" by medical writer Lindsey Tanner published in todays newpaper, The Journal-Gazette, the writer reports a research study of the wide gap in hospital costs for routine surgery and the difficulty getting these costs from hospitals. We will discuss this article and the effect of questionable surgeries and the real cost to the patient.
Tune in for more on Coalinga State Hospital's most newsworthy information.
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This vitally important show is a continuation of last night's SPECIAL REPORT on the life & untimely death of Coalinga State Hospital (CSH) resident Isidro "Cedro" Zavala Torres--simply Cedro Zavala to fellow CSH residents.
According to witnesses, Cedro Zavala--who was a wheelchair-dependant Mentally Disordered Offender--was violently attacked by approximately 10 CSH Staff/Department of Police Services (DPS) Officers on June 24. The incident began when Zavala refused to go to a medical appointment. Then, after he was forcibly removed him from his wheelchair & thrown to the ground, an aggressive officer allegedly stood on Zavala's neck w/ his heavy steel-toed boot.
Witnesses theorize Zavala's larynx was crushed by this blow. As he gasped for air, officers launched him back into his chair, threw a towel over his face & rushed him away. Isidro Zavala Torres, 30, died a short time later.
Sadly, this is one very serious incident in a long history of violence/intimidation against patients. CSH News has heard too many horror stories--the nightmare must end. No more statements from CSH Director Audry King saying this/that is a "serious issue," then doing nothing about it. CSH must pay for their crimes against the elderly & infirmed. It's time California's "Money Pit" stopped wasting billions in taxpayer money locking up men who've finished their prison terms. It's time everyone involved stood before CA taxpayers--and a jury of their peers--to be held accountable for what they've done.
Listeners, tune in as we discuss horrifying patient abuse/elder abuse that's been swept under the rug - until now..
Tune in for important information and breaking news from within the walls of California's first and only hospital for what the state refers to as "forensically committed" individuals: Coalinga State Hospital. That's right, these men have already completed their full prison sentences, yet they aren't being allowed to reintegrate into society. Learn more about the fraud, waste and abuse that is CSH.
On this episode, we'll hear from foriegn nationals who've been detained in the U.S. instead of being sent home. Why are we paying for "treatment" of undocumented men who desperately want to return to their home countries? Why spend $240,000 on average per year for their stay at CSH? We'll also hear an update from the "Justice For All" Conference to Reform Sex Offender Laws, which was held August 29-September 1, 2013 in Los Angeles. Encouraging news and information from the people fighting for the civil rights of the involuntarily committed... See www.rsolconference.org, www.rsol.org and the California RSOL www.californiarsol.org.
NOTE: DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES (thanks BlogTalkRadio), THIS EPISODE IS BEING EDITED AND WILL BE REPOSTED LATER THIS WEEK. YOU MAY WANT TO RETURN FOR A BETTER COPY--SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.
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On this episode, we'll discuss how family emergencies impact men residing at Coalinga State Hospital. Are they able to get 'Emergency Leave' to visit a parent, sibling, child or spouse who's near death? Can they make arrangements when their loved ones die? Hear about the unjust ways that patients are further abused when faced with a family crisis.
Even men in prison can apply for/be granted leave under these circumstances... why aren't there any provisions for people who are under a civil commitment, which is supposed to be a less restrictive environment? Why do these men have such a difficult time even getting information back/forth during an emergency?
Join CSH News Executive Producer/Host Callie Grace and our guests as we discuss this emotionally-charged issue.
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This broadcast will delve into a serious health & safety issue at Coalinga State Hospital: Valley Fever.
Valley Fever outbreaks at Pleasant Valley State Prison which is on the same grounds as CSH have been called a "public health emergency" in the media. The disease-also called Coccidioidomycosis-has made some men seriously ill & killed others. While Pleasant Valley has taken steps to lessen the risk of contracting Valley Fever, no one seems concerned about CSH.
Men at CSH have the same risks of catching VF from rampant airborne fungal spores. many are sick or dying. Just how safe are residents if testing isn't offered to at-risk men, or those w/symptoms? Why haven't high risk people been moved? Employees seem concerned for their own health, but no one's addressing the impact on CSH residents. How can those in charge of resident health knowingly turn their backs on this epidemic? Is anyone concerned for these men? How many must die for people to DO SOMETHING?
In 2010, Pleasant Valley stopped allowing inmates w/immune issues to be placed in their prison while CSH continued placing men w/illnesses like asthma. Valley Fever continues to spread like wild fire, unabated.
Why isn't CSH's Valley Fever nightmare being addressed in the media as Pleasant Valley's problems were? How can ANY concerns truly be addressed if CSH has no oversight when it comes to life-threatening issues like this one?
News/Views: In addition to tonight's topic, each episode we will also be discussing the currents events and information provided by people who either reside or work at CSH. Join us for this important show as we learn about life inside Coalinga State Hospital.
This special episode covers the life & untimely death of Coalinga State Hospital resident Isidro "Cedro" Zavala Torres. This man, known by CSH residents as Cedro Zavala, was classified as an MDO or Mentally Disordered Offender. This means, in addition to a crime for which he likely served a prison term, Zavala was diagnosed w/ a serious mental illness.
According to witnesses, Cedro Zavala was violently attacked by approximately 10 CSH staff/Department of Police Services (DPS) Officers at the facility between 12-1pm on June 24, 2013. The incident began when Zavala, who is wheelchair-dependent, refused to go to a medical appointment. Then, the staff/DPS swarmed.
Zavala resisted the take down--efforts to forcibly remove him from his wheelchair & throw him to the ground. Apparently, Zavala tried to stop the overzealous/unneccesary attack by spitting at them. While his actions cannot be condoned, this must've been a scary situation for a newer CSH resident w/ serious physical & emotional concerns. His efforts backfired--the situation escalated.
Once on the ground, the most aggressive officer allegedly stood on the man's neck w/ his heavy steel-toed boot. Witnesses theorize Zavala's larynx was crushed by the blow. As he gasped for air, officers flung him back in his chair, threw a towel over his face & rushed him away. Isidro Zavala Torres, 30, was died a short time later.
Shockingly, the officer suspected of causing Zavala's death wasn't suspended. Later that day, he told concerned residents Zavala had died of a drug overdose. Worse yet, mainstream media have not addressed this serious incident to date.
Listen to this important show & tune in Monday for more on abuses at CSH which were swept under the rug - until now.
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On the 50th Anniversary of the I Have A Dream speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I can't think of a better way to celebrate than listening to a program on civil/human rights from "Free Speech Radio" KFCF 88.1 FM?! This is the first archived episode of Willo Green's I Got Your Back, which aired Tues, August 27th 2013.
On this program, you'll learn about California's devastatingly unconstitutonal facility for pre-crime incarceration: Coalinga State Hospital. How do men wind up facing an indeterminant involuntary commitment here? Can a brief psych eval/review of a man's criminal history justify taking away his freedom for life? If patients haven't committed recent offenses, how are they SVPs--Sexually Violent Predators? If "crystal ball" predictions are being used to lock men up, could *you* be next?
You'll also hear from women in the community who insist these men are not monsters. They support this cause--strongly believing CSH is a civil rights travesty.
Willo addresses important community issues every Tues 9-10pm pst, including the monthly CSH show. Listen online while the show's live on KFCF's site, or find CSH-focused archives here.
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