Governor works to advance mental health improvements

 

October 19, 2023



Meeting in Worland Oct. 25

Governor Mark Gordon continues to work on solutions to improve mental health care in Wyoming.

To further explore community perspectives on this important issue, the governor is launching a series of Town Hall meetings. This will start with an upcoming visit to the Big Horn Basin. 

The governor will host the first in a series of mental health Town Halls on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in Powell and Worland. The Powell meeting is 10 a.m. to noon at the Northwest College Fagerberg Building Room 70. Worland’s meeting will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wyoming Boys School Auditorium.

The discussions are open to the public and aimed at fostering open conversations with community members and partners about efforts underway to increase awareness of available resources and improve access to care.

Representatives of the executive, legislative and judicial branches are expected to attend, as well as local elected officials.

“Wyoming’s smaller communities have unique strengths and also specific needs when it comes to access to mental health resources,” Governor Gordon said. “These important face-to-face conversations are intended to see how we can be most effective in making a difference for those who are struggling.”

Governor Gordon is prioritizing improving access to mental health resources. The Health Care Task Force is working to identify barriers, opportunities, and gaps in the network of mental health and substance abuse care in the state. The Town Halls are an opportunity to hear from local communities with firsthand experience of this issue. Additional Town Halls will be announced in the near future. 

The Governor encourages active participation from residents, urging them to join these meetings and contribute to this vital conversation.

“Your insights and experiences are invaluable.  Already, great grassroots work has begun in the Big Horn Basin. Together, we can further develop strategies that improve care and result in meaningful changes,” Gordon added.

 
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