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II By 'Ylctocla Mo4alf Staff Writer Despite years of abuse and bitterness, Plumas County's Alcohol and Drug program is recovering. Leaving behind a building that wasn't adequate for its needs, and having a perma- nent administrator who has the department's needs upper- most in his mind, have im- proved morale within the de- partment as well as its physi- cal surroundings. And, with the appointment of A&D Director Bob Minert earlier this year, vacancies within the various programs are being t-filed. "We're about 90 percent ready for business," Minert said. Three new therapists have been hired to meet program needs, he said, bringing the total now up to five. Openings remain for a peri- natal therapist and a thera- pist to coordinate the county's driving under the influence program. Minert said the funding is available because the depart- ment is now getting its full funding share which isn't be- ing divided with another pro- gram, as occurred in the past. And Proposition 36 funds have opened up new pro- grams and opportunities. When looking at the in- crease in therapists, Minert said the numbers are justified by the number of clients seek- ing or ordered to eek assis- tance from the program. Minert said the department sees 200-250 walk-in clients and serves 250 DUI clients a year. "With drug court, who knows where that will end up this year," Minert said about the possibility of the program expanding. Minert said that within the first month the new Proposi- tion 36 program has been open to the public, seven have joined. There is also a teen mentor program; the prevention pro- gram, which is growing; and the perinatal program, which has a vacancy. DUI A&D traditionally operated the county's DUI program. When that representation ended and its state credential was in question, the county chose to contract with Right Roads, a recovery program, to facilitate the program. Now that A&D has met all the state requirements for credentialing and licensing, Minert said the department will once again assume con- trol over the program. A ther- apist will be hired to oversee it. A large conference room, which is separate from other offices, is large enough to hold the program. amg mrt In a move to place all drug- and alcohol-related services under one roof, the drug court program is moving from its Main Street, Quincy, location to the new facility. On a recent tour of the facil- ity, Minert showed where tho e employed under the pro- gram will have their offices. Not all drug offenders are eligible for drug court. Those selected for the program by the oversight administration, which includes Judge Ira Kaufman, must adhere to the program guidelines or serve out their jail sentence. IWopo Proposition 36 is pouring a lot of funding--S380,000 as of June--into counties through- out the state and Plumas County is receiving its fair share. Under the proposition, A&D could receive up to $1 million in 5-1/2 years, the life Photo by Victuia Metcalf The sign Is simqlde, but means a lot to thole seek- ing ser span of the voter-approved Therapists regulation. Since Minert came on board Under the program, at A&D, three new therapists prospective clients must have have been hired. In the past, been arrested on a substance hiring was blocked, funds al- abuse charge, but it cannot in- located to other programs, or elude any crimes of violence, the lack of adequate therapeu- Prospective clients are giv- tic stetting went ignored. en the choice of entering the Minert has made sure the Proposition 36 recovery pro- funding is available and there gram or sewing out jail time. is adequate room for the new If they choose the Proposi- staff. At this time, most thera- tion 36 program, they must re- pists have their own offices, main clean and sober whilewhich now complies with con- completing the necessary re- fidentiality standards estab- quirements, lished in the state. If they should fail, Minert As a fully certified and li- explained, they are not imme- censed state program, A&D diately faced with servingwas also able to attract more their jail time as prescribed therapists. Working with the under the drug court policy, county's human resources Minert said that a client program, Minert said that all failing Proposition 36 reco '- therapists have been hired at cry programs can be entered a level known as type If. into the drug court program. Of the three new therapists But if the client fails that pro- hired, Minert said the one gram, they must serve out with the least number of their sentence, years as atherapist still has nine years. Another bonus to working with the Plumas County A&D program is that it recently re- ceived its license from the California Association of Al- cohol and Drug Counselors, more commonly known as CAAI)AC. IWwv A&D's prevention program, involvement with the Plumas County Youth Association and Friday Night Live contin- ues. Added to this is the assis- tance of several students who work at the program in the summer and specified times during the school year. And a new mentoring pro- gram is being developed. The idea behind the men- toring program is.to involve older students, who are trained, to work with younger peers who are at risk. Pedmflal program A&D is now looking for a qualified person to operate the county's per'inatal pro- gram. The program involves working with women who are pregnant or who have chil- dren, and who are faced with substance abuse issues. Through the program, the therapist oversees individual counseling, counseling for the family as a unit, and for the children. Play therapy is also provided for children. Part of the success of the program is in allowing partic- ipants to become involved in social situations. Women learn to become involved in various activities that don't center around substance abuse, as well as learn to feel comfortable with themselves in the process. Transition house The A&D program does not have a transition house at this time. To clarify what a transition house is, Minert final step in process, recovery to muniW at a Minert said County needs a house to nuity of place. The former owned by the cated across the the courthouse good prospect. The idea of a house is to give ly released program the get a job, attend ings and py programs. It provides structure that the person old friends, Minert said that, tured situation, much time for into trouble. But there are lems with Minert said the tank and w, ater be completely only does the water much iron as to suitable for it isn't even fit for your hands. A shower would] added to the used to exist there, removed to allow And the facilitY to have a kitchen. Those items an adequate brings the to the nei $30,000. Minert said tl]at would house four to dents in transitioti. Minert funding to day costs of the See Recoved ,f HURRY Second Hand Treasures and Collectibles OVERt One Day Only Salet NOVEMBER 23rd Everything in the store lOam - 4:30pm - No Lay-Aways 72850 Hwy. 70 3 Miles West of Portola Network Administration Computer Services Maintenance ........ Consulting Plumas County omputer It ervlce We also repair and maintain home computer systems. From home networking to tech support, [' (ZiT does it all. r CZiT also offers professional solutions for small businesses, specializes in networking, troubleshooting, and high speed internet access utilizing W-DSL technology. PCiT is located in East Quincy in the professional building at 2056 E. Office Hours 10am to 5pro Monday thru Friday 2056 E. Main St. #-4 Quincy } 4 cents per quart for your used motor oil. i Chester Transfer Station - (800) 300-1046 Greenville Transfer Station & Recycling Center 4800) 300-1046 Quincy Transfer Station - (530) 283-2065 Quincy Recycling Center- (530) - 283-2065 Graeagle Transfer & Recycling Center - (530) 832-4879 Delleker Transfer Station - (530) 832-4879 Non-Certified Centers La Porte Transfer Station- (800) 300-1046 City of Portob Landrdl- (530) 832-4216 Call for hours of operation and quantities accepted I i Sponsoredby Phmas County, the Environmental Services JPA, and i nded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board. RECYCLE USED OIL Plumas County Youth Council (PCYC) has been working for years to get a local Youth Center. ,A building is now available & PCYC is asking the community to materials & labor to help make the building ready for use. Painting, plumbing, landscaping & other jobs still need doing. PLEASE HELP 0s open by Spring 2002. A Youth will benefit the whole community! Please call: Ask for Plumas County Alcohol & Drug Resource Center 711 E. Main St., Quincy