Letter: Vote yes on People for a Healthier Larimer County initiative

Editor:

One in four of us suffers from mental illness and/or substance abuse. Shocking, isn’t it? Start thinking about all the people you know and you’ll remember someone, a friend or co-worker, someone’s mother or father or child, an aunt or uncle and on and on. Knowing this makes me want to make sure that Larimer County residents have a public facility where they can get help when crisis strikes.

Right now public crisis options are the emergency room, the jail or Greeley’s pubic detox facility. Mental illness and substance-use disorders are treatable health conditions! We need to invest in treatment for the health and well-being of our communities.

A public Detox/Mental Health Facility and Services issue will be on the November ballot. I highly encourage you to vote YES. I am a volunteer with People for a Healthier Larimer County, a volunteer board working on getting this issue passed. The sales tax will be 25 cents on $100 for 25 years and the facility would be conveniently located in Larimer County.

You can also find out more about this issue at www.larimerbehavioralhealth.com and find out how to get involved. Thank you.

Deni La Rue
Larimer County resident

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