Malheur County Community Mental Health, Local Alcohol and Drug and Development Disabilities Advisory Committee
Services for community mental health, addiction treatment, recovery and prevention, problem gambling, and community developmental disabilities services are provided by Lifeways, Inc.
The County Court established the Malheur County Community Mental Health, Local Alcohol and Drug and Development Disabilities Advisory Committee in 1999. The Committee advises and provides accountability to the County Court on community needs and priorities for developmental disabilities, mental health and addiction prevention and treatment services and assists in the planning and review of those identified services.
The Committee also serves as the Local Alcohol and Drug Advisory/Planning Committee and the Community Development Disabilities Program Issues Advisory Committee and performs those functions preserved in State Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules and State Guidelines.
The Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and are currently being held electronically.
The Committee is comprised of up to seventeen members; the current members are:
Christine Phillips, Director of Department of Human Services Child Welfare
Sarah Poe, Director of Malheur County Health Department
Ted Martinez, Director of Malheur Juvenile Department
Chair Jennifer Susuki, Student Wellness Coordinator at Malheur County Education Service District
Melissa Williams, Director of School Improvement at Ontario School District
Connie Tanaka, Director of Malheur County Veterans Service Office
Jim St. Michell, Lieutenant of Malheur County Community Corrections
Travis Johnson, Malheur County Sheriff
Michael Iwai, Ontario City Police Department Chief
Don Ballou, Nyssa City Police Department Chief
Jeff Rodgers, Malheur County Ambulance Service Director
Anna LaRosa, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Emergency Room Nurse Manager
Currently vacant – Client/Consumer of Developmental Disabilities Services or family member
Currently vacant – Client/Consumer of Lifeways Recovery Center
Michelle Belnap – Community Member