Kitsap County News

Request for Proposal released for mental health, chemical dependency, therapeutic courts tax funding5/24/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Department of Human Services is requesting proposals for mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court programs and services (including, but not limited to, treatment services, case management, and housing that are a component of a coordinated chemical dependency or mental health treatment program or service) and for the operation or delivery of therapeutic court programs or services.  Approximately $4.25 million will be awarded for projects or program services delivered between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 

This Request for Proposals is available at  Proposal deadline:  August 1, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. 

Proposals for treatment sales tax, along a continuum of care including prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services, must address the recommendations for funding improvements to the county-wide infrastructure for behavioral health treatment programs and services identified in the Kitsap County Behavioral Health Strategic Plan.  The strategic plan can be found at

Currently there are 20 projects funded with these tax dollars, totaling nearly $4.6 million.  Programs include training for commissioned law enforcement officers in crisis intervention/triage and behavioral health outreach services for adults with a mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who are charged with minor, non-violent crimes throughout Kitsap County.  Kitsap Connect, a crisis response and coordinated care demonstration project managed through the Kitsap Public Health District, provides a multi-disciplinary, mobile outreach team to intervene with adults who are experiencing mental illness, chemical dependency, physical illnesses, and homelessness.  A full description of currently funded programs can be found at

For more contact Gay Neal, Program Coordinator, Kitsap County Human Services, at (360) 337-4827,

New story map explores North Kitsap communities5/24/2018

​Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder invites the public to explore the new North Kitsap Communities story map on the county's website.

The story map format allows viewers to scroll through information about North Kitsap, while accompanying maps adjust to provide a close-up look at the many communities. There are links to additional maps and community resources for those who live in the area or are planning a visit.

"In this day and age, we all try to find ways to explore and connect with our neighborhood. This is an interactive way to take a tour of our community, from the comfort of our home," said Commissioner Gelder.

For more information on North Kitsap Commissioner District 1 and to sign up for electronic notifications, visit Commissioner Gelder's website here.

Ceremony May 26 celebrates the lives of veterans5/23/2018

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap County Coroner’s Office, Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Combat Veterans International invite everyone to The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma VIII Celebration of Life Ceremony, hosted on Memorial Day weekend. The event begins at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, May 26 outside the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

Join us in honoring with word and song the lives of departed veterans followed by a motorcade to the Tahoma National Cemetery. For more information, contact Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program and Andrew Sargent at (360) 337-4811 or .
Free community forum explores trends, challenges of mental healthcare in Kitsap County5/23/2018

​The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights presents a community forum on mental health to address current trends, challenges with the sociobiological science of mental illness and its effects on individuals and families, as well as an overview of data and statistical trends of mental illness outcomes in Kitsap County. There will also be a look at the community work being done by local mental health advocates and first responders. The event takes place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9 at Olympic College Engineering Building Rotunda, 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton.

A panel discussion will include Charles Doyal, supervisor of the Kitsap Mental Health Services Crisis Response Team; Larry Brixius and Jeanette Rerecich Brixius of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Kitsap County; Casey Reed, transition manager for the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success at Olympic College; and Siri Kushner, assessment and epidemiology program manager with the Kitsap Public Health District.

Panelists will share perspectives from their fields related to mental health and illness, and discuss how disparities in people's experiences and access to medical healthcare may factor in. The public will have the opportunity to talk with each other and panelists about what they learn, how it may relate to their own experiences, how to increase equity in mental healthcare and what local community resources are available.

The forum is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome! The event is sponsored with the generous support of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians and the Multicultural and Student Programs Department of Olympic College.

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650, or visit the Council for Human Rights website here.

Water as a Resource in Kingston: An overview presented June 65/22/2018

​Kitsap County's Water as a Resource policy will be explored from many directions at the June 6 meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, which takes place 7-8:30 p.m. in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road, Kingston.

Kitsap County Public Works will provide an overview of Clean Water Kitsap and the Water as a Resource policy and then review local and regional stormwater infrastructure, management and opportunities. The reclaimed water project at the Kingston Wastewater Treatment Plan will be discussed, including the plan to provide water for irrigation needs at White Horse Golf Course.

The Kitsap Public Health District will review water-quality testing and stream monitoring in the Kingston area with a focus on pollution identification and correction. Stillwaters Environmental Center will provide information on its water monitoring program for Carpenter Creek and the estuary, including observations since the new bridges were constructed.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Jennifer Haro at, (360) 337-7080.


Planning, transportation focus of Suquamish meeting June 75/22/2018

Comprehensive planning and transportation will be discussed at the next meeting of the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at the Suquamish Elementary School Library, 18950 Park Blvd.

Kitsap County's Department of Community Development will provide an overview of the county's comprehensive plan and its impacts on Suquamish. The comprehensive plan guides development in unincorporated areas of Kitsap County through the next 20 years, including land use, economic development, housing and human services, transportation, capital facilities and parks. John Clauson, executive director of Kitsap Transit, will be on hand to give an update on the Kingston passenger-only ferry and implications for Suquamish.

The Suquamish Tribe Police also provide an overview of local criminal activity in the area and answer questions at every meeting.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Applications are now open for the SCAC. If interested in applying, go to the SCAC website. For more information, contact Jennifer Cannon at or (360) 337-7080.


Kitsap County installing all-way stop at Greaves Way and Old Frontier Intersection5/17/2018

​(Silverdale, WA) - Kitsap County is installing an all-way stop at the Greaves Way and Old Frontier intersection. The new signs will be in place by the end of May. Residents brought their concerns to Commissioner Wolfe and the County's Public Works Department. These concerns triggered a review of traffic operations at the intersection, and a community conversation at the March 2018 Central Kitsap Community Council meeting.  A significant number of collisions involved eastbound traffic on Old Frontier turning left. Most are caused by failing to yield right-of-way to westbound oncoming traffic on Greaves Way, turning in front of oncoming traffic. Several motorists reported oncoming vehicles on Greaves Way changing lanes to the through lane at the last minute.

In 2010, Kitsap County constructed Greaves Way to provide a direct connection to SR 3 from the west side of Silverdale. This public investment also made lands accessible for growth and economic development.  For the first few years after Greaves Way opened and prior to development, the daily traffic volumes averaged around 4,000-5,000 vehicles. 

A recent traffic count shows a significant growth with approximately 8,500 vehicles using the road each day. Over the past few years the Department of Public Works has added additional signage to help alert motorists early as to which lane they needed to be in. Additional pavement arrows and dashed striping for each of the two lanes were added, as well as removing vegetation in the median to allow for better sight distances for motorists.

During construction the county built some underlying infrastructure, recognizing traffic signals would be warranted at the intersection eventually. Conduits and electric boxes were installed at the intersection during construction. 

The Department of Public Works is in the process of programming the signal project into the County's Transportation Improvement Plan, but it takes time to secure funding and complete the design.  The All-Way Stop will serve as an interim solution until the signalized intersection can be designed and funded.


Contact: Jeff Shea, Traffic Engineer, 360.337.5777 or

Styrofoam Recycling Event July 7 at Kitsap County Fairgrounds5/14/2018

Kitsap County's second STYRO-Roundup recycling collection event is Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Sheep Barn (1200 Fairgrounds Rd. NW) in  Bremerton. The following types of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) are accepted for recycling at no charge:

  • Packing Peanuts
  • Styrofoam Block (No tape or labels)
  • Food Packaging (Clean and unstained)
  • Styrofoam Trays (Separate color from white)

Styrofoam must be clean, dry and empty. Please remove packing tape and labels. Limit one car load per household for Kitsap County residents only. No trailers, box trucks or commercial customers are accepted.

Material that are not  accepted include soft foam, hot tub covers, Expanded Polyethylene (EPE) and sealed or foil lined foam.

For detailed printable pdf please follow this link

 Styrofoam roundup July 7, 2018

Contact: Kitsap 1, 360.337.5777 or

Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities5/11/2018

​(Port Orchard, WA) -The Memorial Day holiday results in several changes to dropoff recycling and garbage facilities.

Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities
Closed Monday, May 28 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Regular schedules resume following the holiday.

Bainbridge Transfer Station
Always closed on Mondays.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
Always closed on Mondays.

Olympic View Transfer Station

Residential and Commercial Collections for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris
Bainbridge Disposal, Waste Management, and the City of Poulsbo will offer service on their regular schedule.

For more information, visit or call Kitsap 1 at 360-337-5777.

Community celebration of Kingston's estuary June 95/7/2018

​With the opening of the West Kingston Road bridge, Stillwaters Environmental Center and Kitsap County are planning a community Estuary Liberation Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Stillwaters, located at 26059 Barber Cut Off in Kingston.  Everyone is invited to join the event that will include live music, food, recognition of project partners and guided tours of the marsh.

The celebration marks nearly two decades of planning, fundraising, and construction of the new bridge and another that opened in 2012 on South Kingston Road, adjacent to Arness Park. The bridges replaced culverts that girdled Puget Sound tidal flow between Appletree Cove and the Carpenter Creek estuary, impacting the nearshore ecosystem, an important rest stop for salmon migrating in and out of central and south Puget Sound. With the opening of the upper salt marsh by replacing a five-foot diameter culvert and road embankment with a 150-foot span bridge, the project restores natural functioning and an additional 10 acres of estuary habitat,  accessible to salmon and other wildlife.

As part of an agreement with the Suquamish Tribe, the Navy provided nearly $3 million for the West Kingston Road bridge as a portion of its mitigation for a maintenance pier at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The remainder of the $4.6 million West Kingston bridge project that also included upgrades to utilities running under the bridge, was funded by Kitsap County Public Works road and sewer funds, and Kitsap Public Utility District #1. The state legislature and the Army Corps of Engineers funded the South Kingston bridge project.

For more information on the celebration or to learn more about the Carpenter Creek estuary, visit Stillwaters Environmental Center at or call (360) 297-1226. A flyer for the celebration is available here.


West Kingston Road will re-open by Monday morning4/27/2018

(Kingston, WA)  The new bridge and improved roadway on West Kingston road will be open to all traffic (vehicular, bicyclist and pedestrians) by 8 a.m. on Monday April 30, 2018. Some ancillary work by the contractor, and by Puget Sound Energy, remain on the project. The ancillary work includes landscaping, street lighting and utility adjustments along the shoulders of the roadway. This work can create short delays in the immediate vicinity of the work during regular working hours, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The roadway will be fully open all other times. It's expected all work on the project will be completed by the end of May.

Manchester sewer utility extension project updates at May 1 meeting4/26/2018

Get the latest updates on the sewer utility extension project and pump station replacements in Manchester from Floyd Bayless of Kitsap County Public Works during the next regular meeting of the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at the Manchester Library, 8067 E Main Street. Director of Kitsap County's Department of Community Development Louisa Garbo will also provide an overview of her department.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Jennifer Haro in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at, (360) 307-4212.

The MCAC currently has vacancies for at-large representatives and those from the California and Nebraska neighborhoods. Applications are now open. Click here for more information and the online application or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at, (360) 337-4650.

Be a part of improving communities: Citizens needed for county advisory groups4/24/2018

​Are you a looking for ways to get more deeply involved in county government to improve your community while helping to connect citizens to services and address neighborhood concerns? Do you have knowledge and expertise you'd like to put to good use to provide input on local programs and policy?

Consider applying to serve on one of the many Kitsap County advisory groups. Members are appointed by county commissioners to serve as sounding boards and conduits between citizens, communities, county staff and commissioners. Members may also facilitate conversations, review grant applications, transportation and development plans, or host informational events with other public agencies.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following boards, committees and councils: 

o Board of Equalization – North, South and Central Kitsap Representatives

o Bremerton Kitsap Access Television Citizens Advisory Committee – North Kitsap and Station User Representatives

o Commission on Children and Youth – At-Large, Faith-Based, Tribal, youth from Bremerton, Bainbridge, North and South Kitsap school districts

o Grant Recommendation Committee – At-Large Representative for Services Committee

o Kingston Citizens Advisory Council – At-Large Representatives

o Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee – California, Nebraska and At-Large Representatives

o Planning Commission – South Kitsap Representative

o Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee – At-Large Representatives

o Washington State Ferries Committee – Southworth Representatives

More information about the positions listed above and an online application are available at Kitsap County Volunteer Services, (360) 337-4650 or .

Commissioner Wolfe holds monthly listening sessions in Silverdale3/13/2018

​Constituents of Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe now have an opportunity to meet with him in Silverdale - without an appointment - during First Friday Listening Sessions in Old Town Silverdale every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Café, 3472 NW Byron St. The first session will be April 6.

The time and location allow for those in Central Kitsap to drop by over the lunch hour to share concerns and ideas or just engage in lively conversation.

Other First Friday Listening Sessions are scheduled May 4 and June 1. The July session will be cancelled because of its proximity to the Fourth of July but meetings resume Aug. 3.

For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080,

Kitsap County Aging & Long Term Care offers expanded support services for individuals and caregivers1/9/2018

After the success of the state's Family Caregiver Support Program, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services received a demonstration grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand support services in Kitsap County for individuals and caregivers.

The grant allows for the creation of new programs that will preserve and promote choices for long-term care support services; family support for the well-being of those caring for loved ones; and allow for the delay or avoidance of the need for more intensive Medicaid-funded, long-term support services, when possible.

In addition to the local Family Caregiver Support Program, there are new, expanded services for those in Kitsap who do not live in a residential facility. No copayment is required for the services and the programs do not impose estate recovery. There are higher income and asset limits for eligibility, compared to the traditional Medicaid Long-Term Care program.

The Medicaid Alternative Care program allows people age 55 and older, who need help with activities of daily living and are currently eligible for certain Medicaid programs, to transition to services that support their informal, adult caregiver.

The Tailored Services for Adults program is for people age 55 and older, not currently eligible for Medicaid, who need help with activities of daily living. The program can either support someone's informal, adult caregiver or provide services directly to an individual without a caregiver.  

Contact the Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care office at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418 to learn more about eligibility requirements, benefits available, and the application process, or stop by local offices of the Kitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care in the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. Suite 105, Port Orchard, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Caregiver Support Center, 9857 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on these programs go to .

Volunteers needed for Sheriff’s Office Citizens On Patrol5/26/2017

Applications are now open for volunteers dedicated to helping others who want to support the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office while improving the quality of life for citizens. The Citizens On Patrol program offers the opportunity to interact with the community, enforce handicap parking regulations, help with boat inspections, conduct security/vacation checks on homes and be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.

Volunteers are also trained to assist with traffic control, mark and process abandoned vehicles on county right-of-way, and perform junk vehicle VIN inspections. COPs work in teams of two. Training, uniforms and vehicles are provided.

Volunteers must be able to pass extensive criminal and credit background checks including a polygraph exam, have an excellent driving record and commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month and two-hour monthly training sessions and meetings for at least a year. Those working full time or serving on active military duty may find it difficult to meet these time commitments.

For information on this and other volunteer opportunities and to apply to the Citizens On Patrol program, click here or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650,

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