CSC Advocates Advisory Group


Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

Monthly, every last Thursday, from March 31, 2011 until October 27, 2011

Location: 336 Main Ave S. (next to Super 7 motel corner Main Ave & Idaho St.)

Phone: 208 737-0777



Event Description

My name is Orion Odendhal and I have a mental illness called bi-polar disorder, which is life threatening during suicidal depression conditions if under treated. The state is no longer willing to fund a healthy level of outpatient care. It is vital to maintain the preventative mental health treatment our communities now have. Withdrawing funding of these in the hope that those who happen to have a mental illness might keep the recovery they have gained flies in the face of common sense. Without greater preventative daily care, many more of patients such as myself will have a much higher probability of going back to hospitals and jails as our situation deteriorates into the need for the much costlier crisis mental health treatment.

I also participate in a client-based, non-profit advocacy group. Our focus is to support the day-treatment center that provides services for us by running our own non-profit thrift store, holding fundraisers, and writing activist letters such as this one.  We use donated resources to provide for our own food, drink, and outings, rather than expecting the center to do so for us. We also advocate for what the center is able to do but in the face of state cutbacks, we are seeking grassroots and local support for what we are currently doing and what we would like to do in the next few years.

I would like to invite those of you who desire greater mental health for the people in Twin Falls area to attend a new advisory group, meeting monthly on the last Thursday at 1:00pm. We will be at the Community Support Center (336 Main Ave. S.  Twin Falls next to Super 7 motel corner of Main Ave S. & Idaho St.) for about a half hour.

We would like to talk together about ideas for informing Twin Falls about what CSC is currently able to do for diagnosed mental health patients who are members with us:
- free transportation from local and outlying towns
- access to washer/dryer
- daily free hot lunch
- take home food boxes
- emergency clothing
- daily social club for recovery inspiration

We would also like to expand our services to offer:
- returning free trans. to five days a week
- emergency funds for homeless housing
- media access for fundraising partnerships
- monthly motivating group outings

Even if you are not able to attend, please help us by inviting another colleague who might be interested in contributing a half hour a week to give advice to a non-profit charity run by mental health clients for the promotion of mental health in Twin Falls.

Sincerely, Orion W. Odendhal
2010-11 Secretary CSC Advocates
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