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9/14/2017HEAD START NOW ENROLLING

​Kitsap Community Resources is now enrolling families with children ages 3 to 5 for Head Start / ECEAP preschool. These services are available at no cost to families that qualify, including those who are low-income, homeless, in foster care, or with special needs. For more information please visit kcrearlylearning.org or call 360-473-2075 (se habla espanol 360-801-7813).

Head Start / ECEAP Application

9/27/2017LEARN ABOUT PLANS FOR OPIOID TREATMENT PROGRAMS IN KITSAP AND CLALLAM

The Salish Behavioral Health Organization is hosting informational sessions in Port Angeles and Bremerton regarding two planned opioid treatment programs, which will operate in Kitsap and Clallam counties under a contract with the SBHO. 

The Clallam County session takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at the Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. The Kitsap County session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St., Bremerton.

Each session will feature a panel of subject matter experts to answer questions from community members about opioid treatment programs that utilize a variety of interventions designed to treat individuals with opioid addiction issues and assist them in recovery efforts. 

The Salish BHO is a county-operated organization responsible for the oversight of behavioral health services including mental health and substance-use disorders.  The organization operates under a contract with the state of Washington to contract with community-based agencies throughout the region to provide treatment, behavioral health and crisis services for Medicaid recipients in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties.

The Salish BHO issued a request for proposals for the operation of the two opioid treatment programs and selected BayMark Health Services. For more information on the Salish BHO, click here or go to www.kitsapgov.com/hs/sbho/sbhomain.htm

Individuals attending the sessions above who may require special accommodations should contact Alexandra Hardy at (360) 337-4604, (800) 843-4793 or ahardy@co.kitsap.wa.us. One week advance notice is needed for interpreter services.

9/29/2017BOARD 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 $4 million presented by the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at the Commissioners' Work Study Session September 27.

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.

"On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, I want to thank the Citizens Advisory Committee for their impressive efforts to provide well informed recommendations for this year's funding allocations" said Board Chair Charlotte Garrido. "These allocations offer a data driven approach to delivering services for Kitsap County's most vulnerable citizens with an emphasis on measurable outcomes." 

The 11-member Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC), appointed by the Commissioners to advise them on funding allocations, voted unanimously at their September 19 meeting to recommend funding for 20 of the 29 proposals submitted, awards totaling $4 million for a 12-month period.  Committee Chair, Lois Hoell presented the CAC's recommendations at the September 27th Work Study Session.  ""The Citizens Advisory Committee has worked diligently to evaluate the 29 proposals submitted this year.  The diversity of backgrounds of the committee members facilitates a comprehensive assessment and vetting of each proposal.  We are committed to achieve the goals of the Strategic Plan and we are proud to serve the citizens our county in this capacity. "

Eleven of the programs approved for funding were continuation proposals from July 1, 2016.  Included in this category was $396,402 to provide Behavioral Health Outreach Services to serve 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 and $343,456 for the Kitsap Connect project managed through the Kitsap Public Health District to support a multi-disciplinary, mobile outreach team to intervene with adults who are experiencing mental illness, chemical dependency, physical illnesses, and homelessness. 

Nine of the programs approved for funding are brand new, including $149,697 for Kitsap County District Court's Behavioral Health Court, $150,000 for the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Ride Along Application and $95,000 for Aging and Long-Term Care's project "Partners in Memory Care" 

A complete list of the funding recommendations approved by Commissioners is available at http://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/mhsa/ordinanceresolution.htm.

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 Gay Neal, Program Manager, Kitsap County Human Services, at 360.337.4827 or GNeal@co.kitsap.wa.us