Thank you Citizens For Safe Communities for presenting coverage of local, serious social/safety issues being addressed by the Aug 5 ballot for the modest 0.3 percent tax increase. Concerned citizens and mental health officials and legal professionals present facts plus insightful remedial information on the website www.citizens4safecommunities.com.
Thank you Spokane Mental Health Court for sharing information at the Tri-Cities community meeting last fall. SMHC offered its expertise for our communities' benefit. Officials related positive history of SMHC. Resources were developed, providing mental health attention and care in practical ways, which reduced crime rates by connecting those needing care to appropriate resources.
Kevin Kennedy, mental health advocate and founder of the nonprofit 5150 to Recovery, said Benton County would see reductions in homelessness, incarceration and emergency room use and improvements in public health and safety through a mental health court. SMHC presented that scenario as its experience at the meeting.
Police, SWAT teams, judges, legal and mental health care professionals, any neighborhoods experiencing shootouts and/or many other dangers, are affected.
Assisting the mental/emotional impaired folks who are challenging our legal system to better health and circumstances promises to be a most effective community action.
Please join me supporting this important vote.
PATRICIA JORDAN, Kennewick