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Enactment of a one tenth of one percent sales tax, in our county, might allow us to have a mental health court. There, a delusional nonviolent offender could be promised a clean record in exchange for complying with taking their prescribed meds, and for keeping their appointments with counselors, a psychologist, ARNP or psychiatrist.
The importance of meeting with caregivers is that the mentally ill learn how to strengthen their involvement with groups and organizations. Gaining personal relationships is also highly important. Those who enter recovery can lead to more education and maybe stable employment.
Empowerment, self-advocacy, hope and resiliency are Washington state goals for the mentally ill.
More than 30,000 veterans reside in Kitsap County. Certainly, a veterans court will be helpful. Our population in 2000 was 231,969 residents. Can we find a way to help veterans and non-veterans as we have the fondest wishes for both groups? And let’s not forget a supportive apartment or dorm complex for both groups too.
John Freeburg, MA, DMin, CPC
President NAMI Kitsap County