The Grays Harbor Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health will hold their 4th public meeting on April 30. The Grays Harbor County Commissioners asked the Task Force to explore the option of enacting a 1/10th of 1% (or a penny for each $10 spent) local sales tax increase to support local substance abuse and mental health treatment services and the possibility of beginning the use of therapeutic courts.
The April 30 meeting will focus on therapeutic courts. These special courts are designed to improve the outcomes of persons with mental illness or substance abuse disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system. Therapeutic courts keep people out of jail if they engage in treatment as directed by the therapeutic court.
The task force plans to meet two more times and will host an evening community forum on May 12, 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the "Dennis Nichols" PUD conference room; 220 Myrtle St; Hoquiam to solicit input from YOU, the citizens of our community . A complete meeting schedule is available on the web at http://www.ghphss.org/ (click on the Community Task Force link) or in an alternate format by contacting Margi Slabaugh at (360) 532-8631 ext. 278.