Proposition 1 foes will urge county to move forward with behavioral health campus, hire consultant to review criminal justice system

May 23, 2018. Lawrence Journal-World.

A week after county voters rejected Proposition 1, two key groups in the fight against the referendum said they’ll push the county to move ahead with the ballot question’s behavioral health components while bringing in outside expertise to review the county’s criminal justice system.

The demands from the faith-based activist group Justice Matters and the social justice advocacy organization Kansas Appleseed are not new. The Jail No coalition, which consisted of those two groups, the Douglas County chapter of the NAACP and the taxpayer watchdog group Lawrence Sunset Alliance, made similar demands while it campaigned against Proposition 1.

The Women’s Center at Moores Creek; Region Ten’s beacon of hope in fighting women’s addictions

May 18, 2018. The Daily Progress.

Region Ten, the behavioral health care provider in the region, will see a dream come true early next month, when it will officially open the doors to The Women’s Center at Moores Creek. The new center, just a stone’s throw away from the main campus on Old Lynchburg Road, will focus on the treatment of women who battle substance abuse. To make that dream a reality, Region Ten is asking the community to raise funds to match an anonymous $250,000 matching donation it received recently.

Charlottesville hasn’t seen a facility focused on helping women who battle substance abuse for over three decades. Region Ten is changing that.  Come next month, those women, and their children, will finally have a place to go.

Religious-Based Group Wants City to Incentivize Developers to Provide Affordable Homes

May 16, 2018. NBC 29

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – The Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee is working to tackle the affordable housing issues plaguing the city.

At its meeting on Wednesday, May 16, the full committee heard ideas from a religious-based group.

A group called the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together, or IMPACT, has been conducting research in hopes of solving the housing crisis. The group says adopting new zoning codes could be the solution.

IMPACT says affordable housing is a fundamental problem that needs to be addressed at its roots. The group says the city should change legislation to incentivize developers to build more affordable units.

Douglas County voters reject controversial countywide sales tax; leaders say jail project will proceed after public input

May 15, 2018. Lawrence Journal-World.

With nearly 26,000 ballots counted, Douglas County voters rejected Proposition 1 by a 1,542-vote margin on Tuesday night.

According to the Douglas County Clerk’s Office, 25,880 ballots were counted. Fifty-three percent were “no” votes, and 47 percent were “yes” votes.

If voters had approved Proposition 1, the measure would have authorized a countywide half-cent sales tax increase, which would have funded a $44 million expansion of the county jail, an $11 million behavioral health campus and $5.1 million in additional behavioral health services.