Candidate for Clackamas County Commissioner
Question One – People with lived experience of mental illness, addiction, alcoholism, and or trauma are under-represented in public office. What is your personal experience with these illnesses?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development which focused heavily on mental illnesses and the development of the whole person throughout the life span of an individual.
Question Two – Oregon ranks at the bottom of states in a well-regarded national survey of access to public treatment services for mental illness, addiction and alcoholism. What can you in office do to change this?
I think that we need to focus on root causes of homelessness which often times stems from mental health and addiction. I would like to advocate for human services to be adequate and complete.
Question Three – In that same national survey, Oregon ranks at the top for prevalence of mental illness, addiction and alcoholism. What can you in office do to change this?
I can create more access and measurable results for services currently in place. If we need to bolster services or readjust, I would be open to that.
Question Four – A natural consequence of lack of access to treatments and high prevalence of mental illness, addiction and alcoholism is chronic homelessness. Why isn’t Portland’s strategy to reduce homelessness working and what could you do in office to change that?
I would like to look into bringing a very successful model currently working at the Bybee lakes center to Clackamas County. It focuses on trauma based full holistic complete care. We have to address underlining causes and conditions to have long term success for people to live independent live. Offering multiple resources is essential.
Question Five – In 2015 the US DOJ found the Portland Police Bureau has a pattern and practice of harming people with mental illness. There’s little data to show that pattern and practice has changed, and no data to show other metro area police bureaus are any different. How would you in office engage with this problem?
We need to look at officer preparedness in dealing with mental illness, officers need to be trained to handle a variety of situations they encounter. I would look at the current practices in place and see what needs to be improved.