“I have great faith in our health and humans services director,” he said. “But I still think there is an inherent conflict between the role of protecting the budget of health and human services and the public guardian role.”
Others urging the board not to move forward with the plan Tuesday were Sheila Allen, executive director of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, and attorney Elaine Roberts Musser, vice chair of the Yolo County Commission on Aging and a longtime advocate for seniors.
Both questioned the ability of the Health and Human Services Agency to care for seniors suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, a population that Musser said has not been historically well-served by the county’s mental health services department.
“In the name of ‘aligning services and improving efficiency,’ ” Musser said, “the county very well may be an unwitting accomplice to giving short shrift to frail elders suffering medically induced brain malfunctions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.”