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Drug Policy Task Force Members Announced

HELENA – Governor Judy Martz and Attorney General Mike McGrath on Thursday announced the names of 20 Montanans appointed to the newly formed Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Control Policy Task Force.

The committee is charged with developing a statewide drug policy and will address issues ranging from underage alcohol and tobacco use to the state’s burgeoning methamphetamine problem, prevention, education and treatment programs and more.

“The abuse of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs has a devastating impact on our society, and we must find ways to reduce its toll,” said Governor Judy Martz. “We need to seek out and implement strategies that will work. I am confident that these individuals, with their collective experience and wisdom, will find those strategies and build an effective battle plan to win the war against drugs in our state.”

Task force members are from communities and agencies across the state, from the private and public sectors.

“It was imperative that task force members bring a variety of experience and insight to this process,” McGrath said. “This group has the opportunity to craft statewide policies in areas that will affect Montanans for generations to come.”

The task force is funded by a 10-month grant from the Montana Board of Crime Control. It will present its recommendations to the governor, attorney general and Board of Crime Control in September 2002.

The first meeting of the task force is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2002, with the time and place to be announced later. The list of task force members is attached.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for hiring a consultant for the task force closed today. The consultant will plan task force meetings, provide technical and research assistance and write the final strategy document. Information on the RFP is available from the Procurement Bureau of the Department of Administration at 444-2575.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Control Policy Task Force
Task Force Members

Law enforcement: drug enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, environment
Mike Batista, Administrator, Division of Criminal Investigation, Dept. of Justice, Helena
Jerry Archer, Deputy Chief of Police, Billings
John Strandell, Sheriff, Great Falls
Representative Joey Jayne, Prosecutor, Arlee
Susan Watters, District Court Judge, Bozeman
Marko Lucich, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Butte

Treatment
Peg Shea, Executive Director of Turning Point, Missoula
Roland Menna, Chief of Chemical Dependency Bureau, DPHHS, Helena
Mary Fay, Chief of Probation/Parole Bureau, Dept. of Corrections, Helena
Bill Snell, Executive Director of In-Care Network Inc., Billings

Prevention
Cathy Kendall, Office of Public Instruction, Helena
Janet Meissner, Alliance for Youth Executive Director, Great Falls
Robin Morris, Director of Havre HELP (youth, merchant)
Rick Robinson, Northern Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club Exec. Director

Health Care
Dr. Dave Jackson, Fetal Diagnostic Center, Billings

Legislators
Senator Duane Grimes, Clancy
Representative Joey Jayne, Arlee (also listed above)

Business
Steve Morris, Montana Tavern Association
Karen Olson-Beenken, Blue Rock Distributing, Inc., Sidney,
Montana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Victim Advocate
Bill Muhs, Gallatin Valley, MADD
Mary Haydal, Miles City

Total members: 20

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