What The HECK Have I Done For You and The People You Care About? Well, I'll Tell Ya!
"What have you done for me?"
First and foremost, I’ve made sure we deliver the best-quality services that we can afford.
A few specific highlights:
- Launching the Stepping Up initiative, which has brought new collaboration and focus to the problem of people with substance abuse and mental illness caught up in our criminal justice system. We’ve already opened pre-trial housing, added therapists in the jail and Community Corrections, put pre-trial counselors in the Sheriff’s Office, and we’re just getting started.
- Starting Drug Court. Drug Court is a classic carrot and stick system which gives people charged with non-violent crimes a chance to wipe the slate clean by successfully completing treatment. It’s changed hundreds of lives in our county for the better. People have finished their educations, become productive citizens, and reunited with their families.
- Tripling the staffing in our veterans ‘’office, which has brought millions of additional dollars in compensation and pension benefits to the local men and women who have served our country.
- Opening our Community Health Centers in Lincoln City and Newport and securing VA doctors for each of them. Each year, these clinics, along with our four school-based health center, serve about 10 percent of the total population of Lincoln County.Bringing a new focus to homeless services, including starting Project Homeless Connect, adding 18 units of permanent supportive housing, bringing 211 information and referral service to the county, partnering with the school district to expand their services to homeless children and their families, and much more.
I’m proud of all of this, and grateful to the many partners who worked with me to make them happen.
However, I don’t want to be reelected just to take a victory lap. There is lots of work yet to be done, and I’ll address that in other posts.