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County Behavioral Health Task Force sets agenda

January 27, 2021 - 00:00
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COLORADO COUNTY -The newly formed Colorado County Behavioral Health Task Force met Jan. 14 in the District Courtroom of the Courthouse, as well as via Zoom. County Judge Ty Prause opened the meeting and welcomed the attendees; there were approximately 45 in attendance. To begin the meeting and using a PowerPoint presentation, the Chair reviewed the purpose and vision of the Task Force:

“To create, develop and expand behavioral health services that meet the needs of Colorado County citizens so they may achieve whole person health and wellbeing, driven by a grassroots movement with an intense, solution-focused attitude.”

As Dr. Mazie Leftwich, Chair of the Task Force explained, “It is through such grassroot efforts that major changes take place in any community. We have a lot of excitement going for us in this effort; the members of the Task Force have all expressed a readiness to work and an eagerness to find solutions. This combination is a huge motivator for all of us. We plan on accomplishing several meaningful goals as our Six Task Committees begin their work over the coming weeks. We know that these efforts may take time, this isn’t a sprint but a cross-country type initiative; but we have no doubts we will make significant progress as we work to create, develop and expand services for our community.”

The Task Force Committees, each with a chair and multiple community members are:

(1.) Community Resource Directory, Chair Janis Pfeffer - Community Volunteer;

(2.) Networking/Education, Chair Tracy Lilie, RHIT - Columbus Community Hospital;

(3.) Crisis Intervention, Chair Kim Pore’, LMSW - Texana Behavioral Health Clinic;

(4.) Funding, Chair Cheryl Pekar, Executive Director - The Stanzel Foundation;

(5.) Additional Services & Providers, Chair Melissa Landin City Manager Eagle Lake;

(6.) Behavioral Health Needs Assessment, Chairs Dr. Mazie Leftwich - Community

Volunteer and Dr. James Burdine, Texas A&M University-Public Health. The six Task Committees each have set goals that they will attack immediately, always looking for solutions that fit with the communities needs. Each Committee will report back to the Task Force at its regular monthly meetings, and the next meeting is set for Thursday, Feb. 11 from 10 - 11 a.m.