Up to $3 million from the local mental-health tax will be doled out July 1.
A sales tax of 0.1 percent dedicated for local mental-health services went into effect Jan. 1 after being approved by Kitsap County commissioners in September.
The July deadline is just one of several in the recently released strategic plan from the Kitsap County Behavioral Health Strategic Planning Team. Proposals for projects or programs, aimed at reducing the number of mentally ill juveniles and adults cycle through the criminal justice system and the demand on emergency services, will be accepted from Feb. 20 to April 18 at 3 p.m. Kitsap County County Mental Health, Chemical Dependence and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Board will review the proposals.
The citizens advisory board also is asking for community input on what residents what to see funded by the sales tax via an online survey.
In the 62-page strategic plan, which outlines recommendations for closing service gaps for mentally ill and substance abuse, it says county and surrounding peninsula region had the highest number of mentally ill boarded ever recorded in October 2013.
The plan recommends increasing housing and transportation options, treatment funding and outreach, among other suggestions.
Reporting and responsibilities
The strategic planning team makes recommendations the citizens advisory board and establishes the strategic plan for the mental health tax.
Proposals will be submitted to the citizens advisory board for review. The board will make recommendations for the proposals and funding level to the county commissioners, who ultimately approve the proposals.
The citizen advisory board will annually review projects and programs while receiving input from the strategic team, and report to the director of Kitsap County Human Services, who will present reviews to the county commissioners.
Meet the team and board
Kitsap County Behavioral Health Strategic Planning Team
- Al Townsend, Poulsbo Police Chief (Team Co-Chair)
- Barb Malich, Peninsula Community Health Services
- Greg Lynch, Olympic Educational Service District 114
- Joe Roszak, Kitsap Mental Health Services
- Judge Anna Laurie, Superior Court (Team Co-Chair)
- Judge Jay Roof, Superior Court
- Judge James Docter, Bremerton Municipal Court
- Kurt Wiest, Bremerton Housing Authority
- Larry Eyer, Kitsap Community Resources
- Michael Merringer, Kitsap County Juvenile Services
- Myra Coldius, National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Ned Newlin, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
- Robin O’Grady, Westsound Treatment Agency
- Russell D. Hauge, Kitsap County Prosecutor
- Scott Bosch Harrison, Medical Center
- Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH Kitsap Public Health
- Tony Caldwell, Housing Kitsap
Kitsap County Mental Health, Chemical Dependence and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Board
- Lois Hoell, Peninsula Regional Support Network: 3 year term
- Jeannie Screws, Kitsap County Substance Abuse Advisory Board: 3 year
- Aimee DeVaughn, Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth: 3 year
- Connie Wurm, Area Agency on Aging: 3 year
- Dave Shurick, Law and Justice: 1 year
- Walt Bigby, Education: 1 year
- Carl Olson, At Large Member District 2: 2 year
- James Pond, At Large Member District 3: 2 year
- Robert Parker, At Large Member District 2: 2 year
- Russell Hartman, At Large Member District 3: 2 year
- Richard Daniels, At Large Member District 1: 1 year