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Strategic plan, timeline set for mental-health tax

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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 outlined

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

North Kitsap rallying for Carmen

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The Suquamish Elementary family of families is gathering support for a third-grader at the school, Carmen Garringer.

According to a letter sent to homes by the school’s office manager, Pamela Goodman, Carmen was diagnosed with Extraosseous Ewing’s Sarcoma. The cancer was removed, but she will require chemotherapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital for nine months. The family has to stay within an hour of the hospital during that time.

It’s an expensive ordeal for the family, so starting last Friday the school organized a donation drive for students to bring in coins or cash, as well as Valentines for Carmen and her family.

Those supporting the Garringers want the word to spread and invite readers to forward news of their efforts far and wide. Here’s the letter from Goodman, which includes links to two other sites dedicated to Carmen and her family. The letter was sent last week.

Just before winter break, our 3rd grade friend, Carmen Garringer, felt a lump on her chest and told her mom about it. After many doctor appointments it was recommended that they remove what they believed to be a cyst with hopes it was nothing serious. However, after having the surgery the doctors diagnosed Carmen with Extra-osseous Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare from of cancer that forms in the muscles and soft tissue. Shortly thereafter, Carmen began a very aggressive chemotherapy treatments for the next 9 months at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Carmen and her family, including her kindergarten sister Leah, face huge medical and financial challenges in the coming months, and our students and families are already asking what they can do to help. Thanks to many caring people in the North Kitsap Community, you will be hearing about multiple opportunities to lend a hand to the Garringer family.

Starting this Friday, Suquamish Elementary families have organized a donation drive for students to bring in coins or cash; any gift is appreciated, whether pennies or paper. Along with the drive “Coins for Carmen”, Valentine’s will be collected and given to Carmen and her family. Donations and Valentine’s may be brought in with students, parents and staff and dropped off in collection jugs at the office and in classrooms.

Additionally, you can visit two websites to learn more about Carmen, her family and this journey they have begun. Our community is Caring for Carmen in many different ways:

www.caringforcarmen.com
This site includes Carmen’s story, ways to volunteer, and a place to make direct donations.

www.caringbridge.org
You must register to use this site, and then enter carmengarringer (no space) to view Carmen’s page.

Please share this information with your children in the ways you find most appropriate, and watch for further details in email, and throughout our community.


Suquamish tribal members join Canada’s Idle No More movement

Friday, January 11th, 2013

SUQUAMISH — A few Suquamish tribal members hope their participation in an upcoming rally sheds light on the recent clash between First Nations and its Canadian government.

The grassroots movement called Idle No More, which started in October, is over Canada’s recent passage of Bill C-45, a 400-page piece of legislation that contains 64 regulations. It’s also known as the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012.

First Nation members say the bill not only violates longstanding water and environmental treaties between Canada and its indigenous tribes, but also criticized the Canadian government for excluding tribal voice in the process.

The movement has attracted international media attention, especially in the case of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence, who has been on a hunger strike since early December until a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders occurs.

The collective Idle No More efforts and sentiments resonate loudly for some Suquamish tribal members. Some relate the Idle No More movement to the Civil Rights movement that aimed to eradicate racial discrimination, among other injustices.

If longstanding treaties are broken in Canada, other governments might copy it, Gyasi Ross, a Suquamish and Blackfoot tribal member, said of the Idle No More movement.

“Decisions Canada (is) making now, I have a feeling would affect US tribes,” Ross said.

Rallies, flash mobs and demonstrations have been popping up across the US in recent weeks in support of the movement.

Ross plans to participate in a rally Saturday near Pike Place Market in Seattle that supports the cause. This is the second rally he’s participated in recent weeks; the first one packed Westlake Mall, and an online video produced by Ross and a few of his friends has since received more than 35,000 views.

“We better get involved in the discussion because it affects both sides. We see land as a complete whole. When we see something that affects upstream, it also affects downstream,” he said.

Suquamish tribal elder Marilyn Wandrey will give the opening remarks at the rally on Saturday.

The 72-year-old said she knows many tribal members affected by Canada’s recent bill change through annual canoe journeys along the Canadian border.

“These are our friends and relatives that are part of us,” Wandrey said. “I know what hard work it’s going to take to bring everyone to the table and pray that all goes well with them. It’s going to have an impact on lots of First Nation families and generations to come.”

James Old Coyote, a Sto:lo and Hidatsa tribal member who lives in Squamish, hopes his attendance at Saturday’s rally will shed light on the movement.

Like Ross, he’s concerned about what sort of precedent Canada’s recent law passage could mean for tribes elsewhere.

“It’s not just a native issue. You see a bunch of Indians get all radical and fight the government… but it’s a much bigger picture. It’s our earth and we live in it. If the government up there has the ability to eliminate those treaties that were signed… is that going to be a trend happening down the states?” he said.

 

Check out a video Ross and his friends created during the flash mob in downtown Seattle.


Casting Call for Kitsap Native Americans

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Jason Beattie, a 1996 Bainbridge High School graduate and music video director, is planning another project in his old stomping grounds. Beattie, now with Ghost Town Media of Los Angeles, in July shot a video at Bremerton’s Skateland featuring U.K. singer Cheri Moon.

On Friday, he was back in Kitsap, speaking at Bainbridge High School and planning for an upcoming video production of a song by Steve Aoki, a nationally known DJ and founder of Dim Mak Records. The song, called “Wake Up,” features electronic music and essentially no lyrics, unless you count when Aoki screams, “Wake Up.”

See an example of Aoki’s music below.

In choosing Kitsap County as the location for the video, Beattie wanted to break out of the monotony of L.A. videos by showing viewers a new area of a the country and a culture they may not be familiar with. He thought a spot featuring Native Americans would fit with the message of the song.

“Obviously, growing up here, (local tribes are) a big part of all our community here in the Pacific Northwest,” Beattie said. “The concept is really kind of shining a light on the Native American community. I think a lot of people don’t see this community, and it’s kind of a wake-up call for some people.”

Beattie is drawn to Kitsap County for obvious reasons, but will Kitsap become the next big location for music videos? Why not? We already have our partially rotten foot in the door with “Zombies of Mass Destruction,” filmed in Port Gamble.

Beattie said of Kitsap, “I’d love for it to be my hidden gem here, because I think it is. For this video, I’d like to shine a light on the community.”

Beattie has contacted members of the Suquamish Tribe to broadcast the need for Native American families, children and dancers. Members of other tribes also are welcome to tryouts at a yet-to-be-disclosed Poulsbo location Monday through Jan. 17. Contact aokicasting@gmail.com.


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