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Published on December 21st, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene

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Kitsap County: Take Our Survey on Mental Health Funding

Kitsap County wants you to take a survey on mental health. 

More information was provided in a press release from the county:

The Kitsap County Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Committee is asking the public to complete a survey to provide input and suggestions for prioritizing gaps in service for future funding. The survey is available here through the end of January 2017 or at the link below.

In September 2013, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners adopted the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, and Therapeutic Court Sales Tax (1/10th of 1 percent) to fund a countywide infrastructure for a continuum of care for behavioral health programs and services. June 30, 2016 marked the second full year of service delivery. Significant accomplishments include:

  •  99 percent of elementary school staff and 96 percent of secondary school staff report improvements in their school’s ability to respond effectively to students’ behavioral health needs.
  • 94 percent of the participants who completed Juvenile Drug Court or Individualized Treatment Court have not committed another offense.
  • In students with an identified substance-use reduction goal, there was a 49 percent reduction in smoking cigarettes, 63 percent reduction in alcohol use, 78 percent reduction in binge drinking and 60 percent reduction in marijuana use.

In collaboration with community leaders and subject matter experts, the Kitsap County Department of Human Services developed a six-year strategic plan for behavioral health services. A citizens’ advisory committee was established and is charged with reviewing the Behavioral Health Strategic Plan every three years, in coordination with the Request for Proposal process, to assess the overall progress towards addressing gaps in the behavioral health system.

A link to provide community input through the survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3NTBP3Y. For more information on the mental health tax, funded programs and strategic planning, click here or contact Gay Neal in the Kitsap County Department of Human Services at (360) 337-4827 or gneal@co.kitsap.wa.us.


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