By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– On Tuesday, Feb 12, the Town of Apple Valley hosted a Homeless and Opioid Forum. Led by Councilmember Curt Emick, more than 40 stakeholders attended the event to discuss the correlation between these two issues and strategies to improve them.
“This is not going to be our last meeting,” said Councilman Emick. “This was just the kickoff to what is going to be a series of meetings in which multiple cities are represented as well as many local non-profits currently dealing with these issues. The mission here is really to bring everyone under one roof to discuss these problems and come up with solutions together.”
The Sheriff Department’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (H.O.P.E.) team also joined with the county’s Behavioral Health staff to address the specific needs of the local homeless population.
“We need to focus on the individual as a whole,” said Behavioral Health Director Veronica Kelley. “As these citizens face challenges that include addiction, mental and physical health, we should understand that they need more than just food and affordable housing. This is an important conversation to foster.”
A follow-up to Tuesday’s meeting has been set for June 4.
For more information, contact Jennifer Maravillas at the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health at (909) 383-3952 or email