Government: JSIP & Trash Talks Updates, MHADDAC Meeting Discusses Measure 110 Failures, Election Deniers & Corporate Funding

JSIP Update: Nick Kurth, project manager for the Justice System Improvement Program, spoke about what he anticipates for the coming weeks.  

On Nov. 11, the final project costs from DLR Group are slated to be delivered to the county and a subset of the JSIP team will be meeting to discuss the addition of Homeless Services to the project. Options for how to incorporate homeless services into the plan will be presented to the Board on Nov. 15 at the scheduled meeting. The Board will have their first opportunity to deliberate on the bond measure package at the Dec. 6 meeting. 

Kurth went on to talk about the small forum public engagements his group has been conducting throughout the county. To date, six have been completed and nine are scheduled with Lindsey Goodman continuing to work on scheduling. A total of 21 small group presentations are planned. A third large public forum is being planned for late January or early February. Kurth concluded with, “The County is making a robust effort to communicate across a broad spectrum of stakeholder groups.” 

Trash Talks Update: Darren Nichols and Sam Imperati spoke about how things are going with the talks about the possible expansion of the Coffin Butte Landfill. Nichols began be saying that the tenor of the dialogue has improved and is moving toward substantive content.  

According to Imperati, the talks are clearly in the performing part of the process with subcommittees taking time to talk together and gather additional data offline. On Nov. 17, the public will be given a chance to speak to each subcommittee and a general process group to get a better idea of where things are heading.  

Measure 110 Today: The Mental Health Addictions and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee (MHADDAC) held their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. The discussion highlighted deep concerns over the impact and unintended consequences of the passage of Oregon’s Measure 110 on local and state agencies. 

While community organizations struggle to meet the ever-increasing challenges to provide adequate mental health addiction and disability services, recent data and expert testimony provided to state leaders during the Senate Interim Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation on September 21, 2022, revealed alarming trends after passage of Ballot Measure 110.  

A link was provided by committee members to review that testimony from the OLIS (Oregon Legislative) webpage. 

Among the significant highlights of this presentation to legislators were: 

  1. The influx of Fentanyl into Oregon, which is 50-100x more potent than heroin, resulted in 1,114 overdose deaths according to data provided for the year ending in April of 2022. That represents an 18% increase in deaths over the previous year, and three times the deaths reported in 2019. 
  2. Measure 110 decreased the number of drug arrests in the state of Oregon by 87% but has not improved drug treatment engagement. The plan to ticket people and have them call a Drug Treatment Hotline has not worked to date. 
  3. Of the over 3,000 tickets issued by the end of this summer, only 137 calls were received by treatment centers, and only one of those calls sought treatment resources. 
  4. Measure 110 has effectively removed all legal pressure to stop drug use, which, along with other external pressures such as family, friends, employers, and health care providers, is CRITICAL to mitigating the drug crisis.  

Several important policy recommendations were offered to these legislators during that discussion, and members of the community are highly encouraged to go to the link provided to review this information. 

Election Contribution Details: Which companies donated to the campaigns of people who deny the results of the 2020 presidential election? It’s a question that Propublica wanted to answer.  

Some of it is interesting – State Farm donated $25,000 to nine deniers. Some of it isn’t that interesting – HP has donated $7,500 to two. And some is very interesting indeed – Comcast has donated $295,000 to 60 candidates who deny the 2020 election results. 

Of course, not everyone can leave companies like State Farm and Comcast in their wake, because some services are simply too important in their day-to-day of life to forego. However, if you are interested in voting with your pocketbook as well as your ballot, you can look up a few other companies that support this way of thinking by checking out this story. 

By Advocate Staff 

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