Harpham Backs Mental Health?
I'm always skeptical when I hear of government programs supposedly being eliminated or "cut". Nine times out of ten such claims are the result of a program's funding not being increased as much as some would like, not being cut.
That said, I don't know what to make of the claim that the latest state budget proposed by the Governator eliminates funding for the Humboldt County's street outreach program. Certainly it's to be expected that Phil Crandall, director of the county Health and Human Services, would be crying foul once again. Is he being up front with us? I don't know.
The interesting thing is, Acting Eureka Police Chief, Murl Harpham, who recently took heat for suggesting drug abuse treatment programs attract the riff- raff that have flooded the county over the years, seems to appreciate at least some aspects of some programs. He's quoted as saying, "Mental Health is very successful at what they do.".
I realize we might be talking two separate issues here but I'm still not sure what to make of this.