Martin and Conklin, good public servants |

Martin and Conklin, good public servants

Having recently stepped aside after serving four years as Mental Health Board chairwoman, I have been in close contact with both Izzy Martin and Bruce Conklin on mental health issues.

On April 26, 2002, Bruce Conklin accompanied me and several others on an all-day conference in Chico, bringing together primary care and mental health providers to devise new and appropriate services for rural areas.

Izzy Martin personally lobbied in Sacramento for almost a week to obtain the $400,000 grant which helped to bring the Behavioral Health Department through the crisis caused by the January 2001 shooting. She had been BOS chairwoman for only one day when this happened. It was through her leadership and courage that the community pulled together and emerged stronger than ever a year later.

These are but two examples that illustrate their commitment to mental health issues as well as many other community issues. They are public servants in the best sense of the word.

Joan Toensing

Nevada City

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