STRENGTHENING ALTERNATIVES TO JAIL AND PATHWAYS FOR TREATMENT
June 1st, 2019
ENDORSED for STRENGTHENING ALTERNATIVES to JAIL and PATHWAYS for TREATMENT
As Sheriff, I have worked closely with diverse community leaders to increase opportunities for alternatives to incarceration and provided leadership in developing responsible and smart solutions to make our community safer. I am proud to be ENDORSED by JILL BERNSTEIN and JACK HOVENIER, former and current CO-CHAIRS of the WHATCOM COUNTY INCARCERATION REDUCTION and PREVENTION TASK FORCE.
“Since 2015 we have worked closely with Sheriff Elfo on the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force. Sheriff Elfo has consistently considered and implemented many tools, ideas and suggestions to try to safely reduce the population within the Whatcom County Jail. He is a proven community leader in diverting individuals with behavioral health issues away from jail and toward appropriate treatment. WE SUPPORT the REELECTION of the SHERIFF and RESPECT HIM as a STRONG PARTNER and LEADER in our COMMUNITIES EFFORT to DEVELOP and STRENGTHEN ALTERNATIVES to JAIL.”
The Sheriff’s Office now has a highly trained BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DEPUTY PROGRAM, the MOST ROBUST JAIL ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS in the STATE, greatly ENHANCED SUBSTANCE ABUSE and MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT within the JAIL and is working with others to open a CRISIS STABILIZATION FACILITY. Working together with other stakeholders and the community, change that will make our community safer is being accomplished.