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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 10, 2014
Contact: Doug Washburn, Director
Kitsap County Department of Human Services
360.337.4526 or dwashbur@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2014-066

Board of County Commissioners Approves Committee Recommendations for Mental Health Tax Funding

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution approving funding recommendations totaling $3 million presented by the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Committee at the Commissioners’ regular business meeting June 9.

Funds generated from the 1/10th of 1% sales and use tax Commissioners approved Sept. 23, 2013, are designated for mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court services in Kitsap County.

“Most of us know someone suffering from mental illness or drug and alcohol dependency, and see the behavioral health service gaps in our community,” said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. “Too often, the de facto systems of care are local jails, courts, and hospital rooms. This funding develops a systematic approach similar to the continuum of care model from public health.”

The 11-member committee voted unanimously May 20 to approve funding for 10 of the 15 proposals submitted, awards totaling nearly $3 million of the $3.3 million estimated to be available annually. Five of the proposals were recommended for funding as written, four at adjusted levels, and one only if alternative funding for subsequent years is identified. Five of the proposals were not recommended for funding at this time. A complete list of the funding recommendations approved by Commissioners is available at http://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/mhsa/RFP.htm.

“This is the right investment to be making in the health and well-being of our community. We need to make certain these dollars have the best outcomes on the mental health and chemical dependency needs of our citizens,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder.

Committee members Russell Hartman, Lois Hoell, Aimee DeVaughn, Connie Worm, Carl Olson, Richard Daniels and Robert Parker presented the recommendations to County Commissioners after what Committee Chairman Hartman called “a very thorough, deliberative and informative approach.”

The 11 members of the committee were appointed in September 2013 and have met monthly since October, reviewing the 2014 Kitsap County Behavioral Health Strategic Plan, Behavioral Health Systems Map and Gap Analysis and a citizens’ survey to determine where the greatest needs are.

“We recognize and thank the volunteer members of the Citizens Advisory Committee and Strategic Planning Team who spent countless hours reviewing applications and coming up with recommendations that will make a difference in our community,” said Commissioner Linda Streissguth.

A chart detailing the recommendations along with other information about the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Committee is available at the web site listed above or contact Doug Washburn, Director of Kitsap County Human Services, at 360-337-4526, dwashbur@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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Last Updated:  June 11, 2014