“The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases our burden. It is easier to say, “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” –CS Lewis
This summer has been occupied with our work to improve mental health services. Here are some of our activities.
- We had meetings with our Sheriff on mental health services in our main adult detention facility.
- Toured the facility to see those services in place, and engaged in multiple discussions with behavioral health and sheriff correctional officers. There are over 400 inmates with mental illness currently housed in our jail. Tragically, our jails have become the new psychiatric hospitals.
- Sat down with our state representatives to lobby and plan for more mental health dollars. The needs in our communities far outweigh the dollars we receive from the state. Productive meetings with Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood.
- We met with a Veteran’s group to discuss improved mental health services and outreach.
- Participated in a debate surrounding mental health services on KSRO
- And we continue to meet with Kaiser Executives in Oakland to assist them in their quest to improve mental health services.
Sonoma Ready Day
We have also been busy preparing and planning for Sonoma Ready Day at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on September 8, 2019. Thrilled that we secured a significant sponsorship from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to purchase emergency preparation packs.
Mark your calendar for this important emergency disaster readiness day. We will distribute over 2,400 emergency packs to attendees. Educational, fun and free!
Thank you for allowing me to be your public servant from the Third District!