NAMI eyes mental element in mass slayings
Joining the general public in questioning the role mental illness has played in recent mass killings, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has asked Dr. Joel Gregor from George Fox University to address the issue from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.
“We must address the stigma, as it is a powerful cultural force,” said NAMI’s local chapter president, Rob Schulman.
“We need to be willing to talk about it in public. It’s still a real tender conversation, but we need to have it.”
Gregor serves as director of George Fox’s Behavioral Health Clinic. His clinical work focuses on assessment and treatment of the chronically mentally ill.
He will speak in Room 17 of the Villa Academic Complex, at 501 Villa Road in Newberg.
County budget committee has opening
The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a vacancy on the county budget committee. It needs someone to replace newly elected Michael Green, who won election as county treasurer in November.
The budget committee consists of the three commissioners and three lay appointees, each serving three-year terms. It meets annually to develop and approve an operating budget for county government.
The committee will meet all day on May 6, 7 and 8.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the commissioner’s office at 503-434-7501. Applications may be picked up at 535 N.E. Fifth St. or downloaded at http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/volunteers/volunteers.asp.
— The News-Register staff