Praise for resolution |

Praise for resolution

On June 22, at the county Board of Supervisors meeting, a resolution was passed, indicating collective approval of backing a “supported independent living program,” for the county’s “profoundly and critically ill” citizens who use the services of Mental Health.

This is not a small issue: It means that when our loved ones are in their most vulnerable and weakened stages, and cannot advocate for themselves, there will be a “safety net” in place that will give them shelter, food and access to social services – a place to call “home” … finally!

The “special people” who, moved by compassion or common sense, or both, committed their energy toward seeing that the resolution was passed. They should not go unpraised. Peter Van Zant, Sue Horne, Robin Sutherland, Drew Bedwell, Barbara Green, Jess Montoya, “Our new director of behavioral health,” Bob Erickson, “mental health director,” all the NAMI-NC advocates who never gave up on trying to resolve this housing issue, and the Nevada County Mental Health Board that originally – with Sue Reyes’ help – brought the idea of a transitional housing program to Nevada County.

Dolores Jordan

President, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Nevada County

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