Mental Health & Human Services

Mental Health & Human Services

Our community will suffer greatly if programs that support mental health, childhood development, and care for the elderly continue to diminish. 

It is imperative that our social service providers have our full support, both philosophically and financially.  Given the recent cuts in State and Federal funding, I support the collection of a one mill levy to ensure a dedicated funding source for our mental health and human service programs. A full mill generates roughly $1.7M/year and will offer critical relief for local organization dedicated to maintaining our community’s health and stability. In time, we will watch our investment in essential services pay off because fewer children, families, individuals, and couples will slip though our safety nets.  

Diving Deeper into Mental Health & Human Services

I can’t imagine anything revealing the cracks in our social structure as effectively as a pandemic. COVID-19 has introduced novel stresses into every individual’s life. Our community is blessed with over a dozen philanthropic organizations dedicated to providing help for those in need. These partners must not suffer for funding, especially as our residents suffer under the stresses of living in a major tourist destination during a pandemic. 

Our community will suffer greatly if programs that support mental health, childhood development, and care for the elderly continue to diminish.  It is imperative that our social service providers have our full support, both philosophically and financially.  

Given the recent cuts in State and Federal funding, I support the collection of a levy dedicated to our mental health and human service programs.  The extra mill would cost property owners only about $100 for every $1,000,000 of value and offers a $1.7M/year solution for funding these critical services. This funding is essential, offering critical relief for various local organizations which help maintain our community’s health and stability.  Community investment in these services will pay off over time as fewer individuals slip through our safety nets.  For a deeper dive into my positions on taxes and funding, please click HERE.