Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force

Task Force Calendar
Phase One Report and Report Addendum, February 2016
Phase Two Report, October 2016
Members
The Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force has 24 members.  

The 11 appointed members include:
  • Stephen Gockley, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) representative
  • Chris Phillips, Peace Health St. Joseph's Medical Center representative
  • Randy Polidan, Representative of a Community Health Center [Must be a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)] 
  • Jeff Brubaker, Emergency medical services (EMS) representative
  • Greg Winter, Community action agency representative, mental health provider, or substance abuse treatment provider (1)
  • Byron Manering,Community action agency representative, mental health provider, or substance abuse treatment provider (2)
  • Moonwater, Community action agency representative, mental health provider, or substance abuse treatment provider (3)
  • Jack Hovenier - Task Force Co-Chair, Consumer of services or family member of consumer (1)
  • Susan Gribbin, Consumer of services or family member of consumer (2)
  • Jill Bernstein - Task Force Co-Chair, Concerned citizen (1)
  • Irene Morgan, Concerned citizen (2)
In addition, 13 permanent members include:
  • Tyler Schroeder, County Executive Representative
  • Ken Mann, County Council
  • Bill Elfo, County Sheriff
  • Dave McEachran, Prosecuting Attorney
  • Angela Anderson, Public Defender Representative
  • Superior Court Commissioner Alfred Heydrich, Superior Court or District Court
  • Daniel Hammill, Bellingham City Council Member
  • Kelli Linville, Bellingham Mayor or representative
  • Darlene Peterson, Bellingham City Attorney, Municipal Court, or Police
  • Mike Knapp, Small Cities 
  • Julie Finkbonner, Tribes
  • Anne Deacon, Health Department, Human Services Division
  • Betsy Kruse, North Sound Mental Health Administration Deputy Director

Vacancies


Term Limit


There are no term limits

Term Length


Terms are 4 years. (Initial Appointments: 5 positions are for 2-year terms and 6 positions are for 4-year terms)

Purpose


The purpose of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force is to continually review Whatcom County’s criminal justice and behavioral health programs and make specific recommendations to safely and effectively reduce incarceration of individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency, and minimize jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safely be released.

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