He said with the help of BDART, between an arrest and a court date, a person could perhaps get counseling or attend group meetings. “How great would it be by the time they show up for court to say, ‘This is everything I’m doing to get my life back ... This would give them a little bit of hope.”
John Mallery, Community Mental Health Center Outpatient Services Division director, said too often addicts “wait wait wait (to get help), then they’re arrested and forced into treatment when they’re not ready for treatment or itís not the right kind of treatment. If there is a way to divert them to the right people and support (before being arrested), it definitely makes sense to me.î
Coalition members mulled who the first contact person should be. The chief said a Batesville Police Department dispatcher could be called, then he or she could pass the message to Holt 24/7.
Choices director Cindy Blessing reported, “As a parent, I would be scared to death to call the police. If it were somebody from the faith community – kind of a neutral person,” that might be less intimidating.
Local coalition coordinator Kim Linkel pointed out, “We don’t want kids to be scared of the police – they’re here to help us. They want to better the community, just the same as we do.”
Koopman asked about resource persons besides Holt. He hoped others could commit by the next meeting.
“One of the strongest tools” to fight addictions is belonging to Narcotics Anonymous, maintained Horninger. One of his relatives “is involved in two dynamic NA groups in northern Kentucky” also attended by several Batesville youth. “A lot of times these kids feel isolatedî” due to past drug use. “They walk into a room that has a bunch of people their age dealing with getting clean and staying clean.”