The Advisory Committee of the Ross County Heroin Partnership Project has selected a coordinator to serve as a central unifying figure for local agencies and community partners in combating the local heroin addiction problem.
Ross County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael M. Ater, co-chair of the Advisory Committee, announced Wednesday that effective July 14th, 2017, Michelle McAllister will assume the role of Coordinator for the Heroin Partnership Project.
A Ross County resident, Michelle McAllister has served as court reporter and juror manager for the Chillicothe Municipal Court. She has prior experience as a legal assistant for the law firm of Benson, McHenry & Sesser, LLC, and as a financial counselor and vocational specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology focusing on Criminology. McAllister has also been the recipient of numerous awards for her work with the National Guard and has served on the Chillicothe Gazette Editorial Board.
Funding for the position of coordinator comes from a Justice Assistance Grant through the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services as part of the Heroin Partnership Project.
The Heroin Partnership Project is a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies dedicated to working together to reduce heroin deaths.
In July 2015, Ross County was selected as the pilot site for implementing this comprehensive approach to combating the heroin overdose epidemic.