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New Coordinator, Board Move Ahead To Improve Services

Drug, alcohol needs assessment will start this summer

Lindsay Miller, with a background in social service and administration, came on as the new county coordinator for Drug and Alcohol programs in November, 2005.

Her position, which was previously combined with other positions within the Public Health Department, serves to monitor financial contracts with both the state and the local drug and alcohol treatment provider.

In addition, she serves as staff person to the Klickitat County Substance Abuse Advisory Board (SAAB).

"Klickitat County is faced with an exciting opportunity to improve drug and alcohol services. We have committed and caring community members, a good provider, and more state funding then ever before. Now, it's a matter of focusing on the needs of the community and making the right changes," said Miller.

As part of her new role, Miller helped facilitate a Substance Abuse Advisory Board planning retreat, which took place in February.

At the retreat, board members worked to define the role of the SAAB and developed a logic model, outlining the purpose and function of the group.

The SAAB is charged with developing a six-year comprehensive strategic plan for the county’s prevention, intervention, treatment, and after-care efforts in the coming year.

Jeff Teal, chair of the SAAB, said, "Assessing the needs for the alcohol and drug service and prevention activities will be on of the first and most critical parts of the strategic planning process."

The needs assessment will be starting this summer and will include opportunities for input from a wide range of local persons and groups.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the Substance Abuse Advisory Board, please contact Miller at (541) 806-1685 or klickitatcountycoordinator@yahoo.com.

SAAB meetings are open to the public, and take place every first Thursday from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Dallesport Elementary Cafeteria.

If you or someone you know is struggling with chemical dependency, please call the toll free Drug and Alcohol Helpline for information at: 1-800-562-1240 or contact Dependency Health Services at 493-3400 in White Salmon and 773-5801 in Goldendale.

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