Claremont Insider: Tri-City Recovery

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tri-City Recovery

Tri-City Mental Health, the cooperative mental health agency funded by the cities of Claremont, La Verne, and Pomona, apparently has recovered nicely from its bankruptcy and recently received a $10 million contract from LA County to service Medi-Cal patients it the three cities.

According to a blurb in the San Bernardino Sun, Tri-City hosted a reception at the Pomona Fairplex Sheraton to celebrate its recovery. The Sun quoted a couple Tri-City boardmembers:

Pomona Councilwoman and Tri-City board chairwoman Paula Lantz praised a recent reorganization of the governing board in which three members have been added as part of a restructuring process intended to help create a future vision for and re-establish the mission and core values of the 48-year-old organization.

La Verne Mayor Jon Blickenstaff, also a board member, said, "When you think about the hundreds and even thousands of people in this Pomona Valley that are served by Tri-City and the enrichment to their lives that we have provided, (it) makes you realize why everyone in this room and so many others have worked so hard to guarantee that this organization continues to serve in the exemplary manner that it has...."

Jesse Duff, who had served as Claremont's interim City Manager right after Glenn Southard left for Indio in 2005, was hired as Tri-City's interim director in August, 2007, and has overseen the agency as it has been regrouping following the bankruptcy. Duff was hired on a permanent basis in late-June.