Tai Chi Classes Returning to Portola Wellness Center

Portola Health and Wellness Center is to continue Tai Chi classes once again. After receiving many letters of support for the program to return the

Plumas board of supervisors approved bringing the program back and paying the instructor 18,000 dollars over the next year. The funding does come from the Mental Health Services Act, passed by voters in 2004, funded by a 1% tax on high-income earners.

The board denied the contract earlier this year, wanting to wait for more information about the classes and the funding before approval. Supervisor Thrall continued to question if the budget was available as it appeared the MHSA monies had already been allocated to other services and thought the classes would not be accessible to all of Plumas county, especially her district, as they will be held in Portola.

MHSA Coordinator Kristy Pierson responded that the classes will also be held by zoom for those out of the Portola area to attend still, and the funding was appropriate.

The approval of entering into the agreement with Behavioral health for tai chi classes passed by a 4-1 vote.