MEDFORD, Ore. — A ’round table’ discussion took place in the Rogue Valley on Friday.
State and local officials discussed mental health issues and substance abuse affecting the community.
Representative Greg Walden led the discussion.
Other attendees included Jackson County Commissioner, Bob Strosser, and the Chief Medical Officer of La Clinica Wellness Center, Justin Adams.
One of the most difficult problems discussed — how to get someone having a mental health crisis the right help, instead of just sending them off to the emergency room or jail.
La Clinica also shared its plans to expand some of its services in the coming year.
It will be opening low-cost pharmacies at two of their locations to give patients easier access to medication.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia. She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.