The Howard County System of Care will host a town hall meeting at Central Middle School, 303 E. Superior St. in downtown Kokomo, on Thursday April 12, 2018 at 6 p.m.  The meeting will take place in the Student Commons Room.  The public is invited to hear an exciting special announcement for the System of Care and receive an update on the progress of the SOC strategic plan.  

"We promised an update to the community on our progress at the end of the first quarter.  Along with the update, we have an exciting announcement regarding helping individuals and families suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues." said Paul Wyman, Howard County Commissioner.  "Many people have worked hard to achieve a tremendous amount of progress since we hosted the Opioid Summit last fall." he added.

Jim Mcclelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement for the State of Indiana will be on hand for the announcement. "We look forward to Jim joining us again in Kokomo.  He has stayed in close contact with us and has been incredibly supportive of the work we are doing to assist those suffering from this opioid epidemic and other substance abuse disorders." said Wyman.

"I have been greatly encouraged by the number of people, organizations and businesses that have been working together since last falls Opioid Summit.  It has really brought working together to a whole new level." said Dr. Seely, Howard County Coroner. "The System of Care work has raised an awareness in our community that is making a difference. I believe this work will have a long term positive impact on our community."  he added.

"This epidemic has affected our community and communities across this State and Country.  It has been inspirational to see the number of people in our community come together to help", said Wyman.  "We have many people and organizations joining forces and sharing information and resources as a result of our work together. This is making our fight even stronger" he added.

Jennifer Johnson, System of Care Coordinator said, "I couldn't be more impressed with how hard people have been working to make a difference.  The level of concern and care has been amazing and has enabled us to achieve some goals ahead of schedule."  "Volunteers and professionals are working side by side and together we are making a difference." she added.