Redding Restart: Addressing Drug Addiction
Free Community Forum
March 15th, 2024
9am – Noon
Location: Simpson University, Owens Student Center, 2211 College View, Redding, CA
Hosted By Jonathan Anderson Executive Director of the Good News Rescue Mission
Addressing Drug Addiction: A Fentanyl Epidemic
Addressing the Fentanyl epidemic requires a comprehensive approach that involves multiple stakeholders: Medical, Treatment, Law Enforcement & Government. This is bigger than we know.
We believe public awareness is paramount to inform our community. This public forum is to inform our citizens about the dangers of Fentanyl and its potential consequences.
We will hear:
- Signs of Opioid overdose & the risks associated with Fentanyl use.
- Demographics effected & Prevention Awareness
- Treatment & Rehabilitation
- Law Enforcement Stats & Governmental Action Steps
- Life story of a former addict
When you register, this will be your chance to ask the questions you may have regarding Opioid/Fentanyl. Those questions will be submitted to our panel of experts to answer during the forum. We welcome tough questions. This is a scary drug that is affecting not just Shasta County but crosses all society groups across America.
Prepare to be shocked. This is not an easy crisis to dig into, but dig we must.
We’re not claiming to have all the answers, but we’re ready to have the conversations that will lead to solutions. I think you can agree that none of us can afford to be apathetic about a social problem that impacts all of us. We need a restart!
Sheriff Michael Johnson – Shasta County Sheriff/Coroner
Sheriff Johnson was born and raised in Gilroy, CA. He originally worked at a lumber mill in Gilroy, and then later building/remodeling custom homes as carpenter. A couple years after working in the trade he decided to return to school. He completed his general college education through night school while employed full time at the lumber mill. Mike was accepted to Humboldt State University in 1991 and moved to Eureka, CA, to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree. In 1994 he took a leave of absence from HSU to attend the California Department of Fish and Game (POST-certified) peace officer academy in Napa, CA. After successfully completing the academy, he returned to HSU and completed his BS degree in Wildlife Management. Mike went to work for the Eureka Police Department 1996 as a patrol officer. He held several specialty positions throughout his law enforcement career, including Evidence Technician, Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Narcotics, K9 Handler, and SWAT. Mike has been awarded the Region VIII California Narcotics Officer of the Year award. He was a Drug Recognition Expert instructor, teaching courses across the state including at the CHP academy in Sacramento, CA. Mike also holds California POST Certificates for Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory and Executive. In July of 2007 Mike attended the FBI National Academy (FBINA). Shortly after graduating from the FBINA, Mike accepted a position as Chief of Police for the small prison-affiliated City of Ione (Amador County, CA). He worked as Chief of Police in Ione for five years. In 2012 Mike accepted employment as the Chief of Police for the City of Anderson. While employed with the City of Anderson, Mike earned a master’s degree in criminal justice. He was employed as the Chief of the Anderson Police Department for over 9 years. On July 27, 2021, Mike was appointed as Shasta County Sheriff, and was subsequently elected as Shasta County’s 23rd Sheriff-Coroner. Mike has been married to his wife Rosemary for 30 years. They have two sons, a 37-year-old hard working resident of San Diego, CA. and a 27-year-old United States Marine Corp veteran who currently works for the Redding Police Department as a Police Officer. Mike’s favorite hobbies include hunting, fishing, and dog training.
Kimberly McKinney-Tighe – Shasta County Clinical Program Coordinator
Kimberly currently serves Shasta County in numerous roles. She is a clinical supervisor at Shasta County Behavioral Health, where she works with teams in the alcohol and drug department and criminal justice programs. Kimberly has been a alcohol and drug professional for 22 years, a licensed marriage and family therapist for 16 years, and an adjunct professor at Simpson University for over 10 years. She is also a professional who has herself experienced a life with alcohol and drug recovery.
Joseph Hughes – Good News Rescue Mission Recovery Program Manager
Joseph Hughes is the Program Manager at the Good News Rescue Mission, where he dedicates his time to supporting individuals in need. With a heartfelt commitment to helping others, Joseph is currently pursuing his education to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Beyond his professional endeavors, Joseph enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it’s fishing or hunting. Above all, Joseph treasures moments spent with his family.
Joseph’s journey hasn’t been without its challenges, he has faced personal struggles with addiction that have shaped his perspective and fueled his passion for assisting others on their paths to recovery. 10 years clean and sober he continues to draw from his journey and education to help others, Joseph brings empathy, understanding, and firsthand knowledge to his work, inspiring hope, and transformation in those he serves.
In both his personal and professional life, Joseph’s mission remains the same: to extend a helping hand, offer guidance, and support individuals. With his blend of compassion, experience, and ongoing education, Joseph continues to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those he encounters.
Tenessa Audette – City of Redding Mayor, CA. State Representative
Tenessa Audette is a wife, mom of three teenagers, a California Native and is currently serving as the Mayor on the Redding City Council.
She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sonoma State University.
Tenessa currently works as the First District’s Representative for the California State Senate. This position has given her the opportunity to connect citizens to resources and the ability to navigate complex governmental agencies.
She is a graduate of Leadership Redding, and served on the Steering Committee, organizing the Government program for the last five years.
Her liaison assignments include Fire, Planning, Economic Development, LAFCO, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency and the California Association of Councils of Governments (CALCOG) Board of Directors.
Medical Drug Addiction Expert Presentation by Dr. Douglas McMullin, MD
Dr. McMullin is a Family Physician at Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC) in Redding, California. Carrying a double board in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, he currently works as a physician for Shasta Community Health Center and is the Director of Innovative Services at the Health Center.
Dr. McMullin is active in church and community, serving as Board President for Pathways to Housing, a local non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people experiencing homelessness to find housing options.
Dr. McMullin graduated from Brigham Young University with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and went on to the Chicago Medical School for medical training. He completed Family Medicine residency training through the University of California at Davis. He is boarded in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a frequent community speaker on topics of homelessness, medical care and addiction treatment.
Free time for Dr. McMullin finds him gardening, cross country skiing or hiking with family in the beautiful Northstate.
For More Information Contact Mimi Moseley Mmoseley@GNRM.org