Mental Health Committee

This workshop will bring trauma-informed knowledge and advocacy to the Board of Supervisors’ leading-edge initiatives – homelessness, diversion of mentally ill individuals from local jails, and returning “109″ parolees. Each of these populations experience rates of trauma well above those of the “average” individual. This is the kind of trauma exposure – often in childhood – that can lead to negative compensatory behaviors like alcohol and drug use and excessive risk-taking. These kinds of behaviors may increase the likelihood of involvement with the criminal justice system and/or homelessness. Identifying and addressing untreated trauma is one of the most effective means of restoring one’s social and emotional well-being, as well as one’s capacity to be a contributing and included member of society.

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Online registration is now CLOSED.
Limited walk-in registration may be available.