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We need the facts

Dr. Eric Rubinstein, the longest employed psychiatrist at Nevada County Behavioral Health, reports that his boss, Bob Erickson, is not renewing his contract. Dr. Rubinstein has an excellent reputation among local mental health providers and patients. His termination would be a blow to an already beleaguered county department.

The supposed reason for Rubinstein’s termination is financial. With two full-time psychiatrists, Erickson apparently believes the county can no longer afford Rubinstein’s contract for one day per week. However, the county bills both Medi-Cal and Medicare for psychiatrist services, so psychiatrist positions almost pay for themselves. Moreover, Proposition 63 will soon pump an estimated $150 million (first year) into state mental health services, and our county will get its fair share. What’s really happening here?

Previously, Dr. Rubinstein and Erickson have had several conflicts over matters of communication and acceptable levels of patient care. Is this the reason for Erickson’s decision? Terminating the services of a valued board-certified psychiatrist when the county is rapidly growing represents the same lack of planning that has plagued this agency for years. Please contact Mr. Erickson and your local county supervisor to inquire into this matter.

William Larsen

Nevada City

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