2015

Mental Health Court

With a goal of preventing mentally troubled offenders from getting into more serious trouble by getting them in contact with mental health providers, Cowlitz County commissioners approved the hiring of a mental health court coordinator last year. The coordinator works with clients with mental disorders who face misdemeanor charges and whose cases are handled through District Court. Mental Health Court is a voluntary 24-month program that promotes both treatment and public safety.

Blooms to Brews Marathon

Nearly 1100 people converged on Woodland this spring to run its flat, rural roads as it expanded its annual half-marathon into a full 26.2 mile marathon. The Blooms to Brews Marathon drew people from across the country, many hoping to use their time to qualify for a spot in the Boston Marathon. The event also featured a four-person marathon relay, half-marathon and 10K. Blooms to Brews 2015 benefits Woodland’s Scott Hill Park and Sports Complex. This is a planned park that will be built on land purchased by the City of Woodland in 2011.

Behavioral Health Tax

Generating about $1,200,000 annually for a period of five years, the behavioral health tax has been put to use meeting many of the goals it was created to address. These include the creation and staffing of a Mental Health Court, the continued funding of Drug Court, providing early intervention to keep juvenile offenders from becoming career criminals, and working to assist uninsured and underinsured individuals receive mental health care. It also addresses school-based behavioral health treatment, supportive housing and substance abuse treatment.

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