Jackson County official chosen to be member of behavioral health networking group
A Jackson County health official has been picked to be part of an organization that focuses on mental health and addiction treatment and aims to provide members with educational and other resources.
Sarah Patrick, administrator of the county's health department, is now a member of the third cohort of the Behavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance for State, Tribal and Local Health Officials, which is part of the National Council for Behavioral Health, according to a Carbondale Chamber of Commerce news release.
Being in the third cohort means additional training through web sessions and networking with a nationwide group of health officials. Also, members, who are in a seven-month program, will have access to a file-sharing website that has resources, project announcements and upcoming activities, the release said.
Patrick said in the release that the program began to show benefits shortly after she was accepted. For example, she said, through the program the county has been in contact with a Grand Forks, North Dakota, public-health department concerning a social detox program.
“Public health practice that fully integrates behavioral health should help us improve overall well-being in Jackson County and beyond,” Patrick said in the news release. “We have much to learn and to share through the Jackson County Behavioral Health Action Team.”