The first public meeting to discuss programs and funding for the Mental Health Services Act, Proposition 63, was held in Clovis on Aug. 11 between 5-7 p.m.
It was very informative and well worth the time. I was encouraged by the turnout and impressed with the employees in the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health. I am glad I attended and encourage all to attend one of the eight meetings planned at various locations in the community.
I was, however, discouraged by one point. Although we had representation from the Clovis Police Department, I was surprised there were no other elected or appointed government officials at this meeting. Mental health is an important issue in our community that attributes to conditions such as homelessness and incarceration.
People with mental health issues did not choose their condition and are often not able to advocate for their selves. It is important for our leaders to show up to these meetings to join in on discussions that impact all. They need to be part of the solution. Please do not ignore mental health issues.
Jan Meyers-Mobley, Clovis