Please mark your calendar for January 5th at 7:00 p.m. and January 8th at 1:30 p.m. Penobscot County government will be holding listening sessions for the public to offer ideas about how the county's $29.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds should be used.
Details are available on the county's ARPA webpages (www.penobscot-county.net/arparesources). The January 5th session (7:00-9:00 p.m.) will be in-person at Bangor City Hall. The one scheduled for January 8th (1:30-3:30 p.m.) will be conducted online through Zoom. It'll be very important to have many voices heard during both listening sessions.
These will be key moments to make a strong, persuasive case for using much of the ARPA funding to address the crises of inadequate substance use disorder treatment, insufficient care for individuals suffering from brain disorders (mental illness), and far too little safe/affordable housing.