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In Memory - Nona Tolentino


Nona Tolentino, the former Director of the Kern County Long-Term Care Ombudsman program and a fierce advocate for long term care, recently passed away. Nona and her staff were instrumental in the State Attorney General’s 2009 case against employees at Kern Valley Healthcare District, where two dozen residents were illegally drugged and three residents died from chemical restraints. Nona brought the case to the attention of state officials and the subsequent criminal prosecutions helped generate the momentum for a national effort to curb misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes. Though Nona retired in 2015 to spend more time as a grandma, her impact continued to be felt in the Ombudsman program, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, and throughout Kern County. Despite the challenges of her job, Nona was always a total joy to work with. We will miss Nona and her considerable moxie.