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By Jess Macinko
News Editor 

Mental Health Meeting


April 12, 2017

Comprehensive Healthcare (formerly Comprehensive Mental Health) will be joining local law enforcement in a public meeting to discuss the community response to mental health and drug- or alcohol-related problems. The meeting will take place April 18 at 6 p.m. in the KPUD meeting room.

Information to be covered includes access to care, involuntary treatment, working with law enforcement, Medicaid funding, substance use treatment, private insurance questions, right to refuse services, and medication. CH Director Candi Didier encourages the public to ask questions and voice concerns.

“We are all committed to providing the community excellent support and services,” Didier says.

Goldendale Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski also encourages residents to come with questions and to learn about the intersection of mental health and law enforcement.

“This is something we deal with every day,” Bartkowski says, noting that many people may not be aware of or understand the presence of mental illness in the community, nor law enforcement’s role in the subject. “They see someone [with mental illness] and might think they’re just on drugs and should go to jail. [But] mental illness isn’t against the law.”


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