Appointed to State Drug Court Advisory Committee
January 18, 2008
Forrest General Hospital is pleased to announce that Ruth Ann Rigby, Alumni Coordinator for Pine Grove Behavioral Health Services has been appointed to Mississippi's State Drug Court Advisory Committee.
has been appointed to serve until December 31, 2009.
She is the only member on the newly appointed Drug Court Advisory Committee from a treatment facility in Mississippi.
"Ruth Ann's appointment is a unique honor, not only for her but for Pine Grove," said Susan Slaughter, Director of Business Development at Pine Grove Behavioral Health Services.
"We are very proud that Ruth Ann will represent Pine Grove as the only treatment center in Mississippi appointed to the Advisory Committee."
The State Drug Court Advisory Committee
was established to develop and periodically update proposed statewide evaluation plans and models for monitoring all critical aspects of drug courts.
The committee also provides recommendations to the Chief Justice, the Director of the Administrative Office of Courts and state officials concerning improvements to drug court policies and procedures.
The State Drug Courts Advisory Committee
shall act as deciding parties and make judgments of disputes arising out of the operation of drug courts established under this act and make recommendations to improve the drug courts; it also makes recommendations to the Supreme Court as necessary.
Rigby is the Alumni Coordinator for Pine Grove, and she also performs national fundraising for the Circle of Healing Foundation.
is involved in many community events.
She was elected this year to the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals where she is currently the treasurer and the sponsorship and exhibitor chairman for their 2008 conference that will be held in May on the Gulf Coast.
She is a member of LEAPS (Mississippi Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support); this group offers assistance to any law enforcement officer when they are faced with many stressful challenges.
Some of these challenges are divorce, domestic abuse, grief, hostage situations, shootings, suicide prevention, chemical addiction and other addictions.
Rigby is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Central Mississippi chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency and also chairs the largest annual fundraiser.
She is the 2008 Conference Chairman for the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals conference that will be held in Hattiesburg in July, and she is also a past Board Member.
Rigby resides in Jackson, and she is a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Ridgeland.