KC DEM Club: Mental Health Court with Mary Wolfinger

Chronic addictive behavior often takes years to correct and a lifetime to manage. To make matters worse, addiction is often a means for dealing with underlying mental health conditions. Moreover, if addicts fail to get help with their mental health problems, they are unlikely to succeed in maintaining a persistent recovery routine. A working solution that meets addicts where they are is the Mental Health Court (MHC).

Starting in 2014, Kootenai County instituted the MHC. Its’ purpose is to serve as an alternative to jail for individuals facing recurring prosecution for drug and alcohol related offences. MHC takes “the whole person approach,” rather than solely doling out punishment. To familiarize us with the program, the Democrats invited Mary Wolfinger to join us. Mary is Kootenai County’s Mental Health Court Coordinator.

Join her Friday, February 11, 2022, at noon online for an understanding of the value and effectiveness of this vital program.


The Democrat Club meets each Friday at noon online. We distribute a Zoom link for our club meetings each Thursday prior to the meeting date. Contact Phil at pjwmia@aol.com, to request the link or assistance connecting. We will return to in person/online meetings as soon as it becomes safe to do so. You can find videos of past Club meetings at KootenaiCountyDemClub.com/Meeting Videos.

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