What about the building?

The 4 story brown building on the corner of 5th and Elm in Long Beach was built in 1922 and was originally the AT&T Overseas Operator Building. After the Long Beach Earthquake in 1933 the building was rebuilt and continued to be used as a telephone operator’s building.

The building stood vacant for a while and was purchased in the 1980s for conversion to an office building; the developer improved the building seismically but did not complete the project.

MHA bought the vacant property on January 2, 1990 to use as the site for the Village.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ragins Oral History Interview – 2010

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A lengthy transcript of an interview of my personal history and development done as part of LA County DMH’s 50th Anniversary

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Have you any suggestions for dealing with violent inpatients? I live in Tucson, AZ. I taught in B.S.N. programs in Hawaii and AZ and my nursing masters in is physical rehabilitation. I have worked as a Rehab Clinical Nurse Specialist and also as a psych R.N., besides teaching. (I believe that faculty in health care professions should maintain a practice so they are aware of the shifts in practice and the needs of both patients and professionals. Also, I like working with people.) Dr. Mark's paper on 10 myths of homeless mental illness is most welcome. There is an issue which I have yet to see addressed, however, by anyone. We seem to have a fairly large population of violent persons with mental illness. Many of them are "developmentally disabled" and able to inflict significant injury on anyone who balks them in any way. They will throw people and chairs and tables -- anything or anyone they can pick up -- at doors, windows and people. Staff working in clinics and inpatient settings deserve hazardous duty pay -- except that wouldn't solve the problem. Recently a private hospital system based in the East bought a troubled facility in Tucson and 1) cut the nursing staff and 2) eliminated all security personnel. They have also instructed the R.N.s not to call the police when a patient assaulted a staff member or another patient. The on-call administrator who gave this order was concerned it might become a newspaper story and embarrass the hospital. The charge R.N. who had patients and staff to protect refused to follow that order, of course. I am retired, but I keep in touch with colleagues who are still working. I realize that you are not working in this kind of situation. Just the same, have you any advice for the hapless practitioners who are trying to protect their patients and themselvess in these settings?

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