Welfare & Institutions Code (W&IC) 5270: Continued Inpatient Treatment of Grave Disability
Mark Stadler, CIT and Dr. Joseph Vlaskovits, Hillmont
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Vineyard Community Church
1320 Flynn Rd, Camarillo

W&IC 5270 provides for up to an additional 30 days of inpatient commitment above the current maximum of 17 days for Grave Disability, apart from LPS conservatorship.

Our presentation will focus on W&IC 5270 and how it could be implemented in Ventura County. The experiences of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties, and how it has been helpful to patients and families, especially as a tool for reducing the revolving door between repeat hospitalizations and/or jail. We will explain the legal criteria and the process of inpatient commitment with regard to Grave Disability and W&IC 5270’s role as an alternative to unnecessary LPS temporary conservatorship.

The CIT program in Ventura County is nationally recognized as being one of the top level CIT programs in the United States. Members of VC CIT will also answer questions about CIT services.

Mark Stadler is the CIT Program Administrator. He became the VC Law Enforcement CIT Program Administrator in July 2015 after retiring as a Commander from the Ventura Police Department with over 28 years of experience. Mr. Stadler was a founding member of VC’s CIT program in 2001.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne. He is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Supervisory Leadership Institute and Command College. He is an instructor at the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center, and an Adjunct Professor for the University of La Verne.

Dr. Joseph Vlaskovits is a psychiatrist and a forensic psychiatrist. Following completion of his training, he has been at the Ventura County Medical Center, where he was medical director of its inpatient psychiatry unit for three years. As part of VCMC’s academic mission, he teaches family medicine residents, psychology interns, pharmacy and nursing students. He also presents to law enforcement officers at Ventura County’s Crisis Intervention Training program. His present practice is divided between inpatient psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. In his forensic practice, he serves as an expert to the Ventura County Superior Court, the County of Ventura and also has a private practice.