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Strategic plan, timeline set for mental-health tax

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

Gorst’s Trojan Cow

That goofy Mattress Ranch guy. You never know what you’ll see at his store on Highway 16 in Gorst.

For several weeks, I’ve been driving by, wondering about the large cow with boxy looking sides. As it turns out it’s a bull, although the apparatus that would have made that obvious is lacking.

Billy the Bull hails from Texas, where he served as a bigger-than-life advertisement for a steakhouse. Ted Sadtler, Mattress Ranch owner, found him on his travels through the Southwest and had to have him, said his daughter-in-law Yvonne Sadtler. Sadtler towed him him all the way home. He has plans to enter him in local parades.

Billy the Bull

Billy’s boxy look is left over from the steakhouse signs, since removed. He looks like several grown men could climb inside and hide, like the Trojan Horse.

With a secret weapon like that Port Orchard allied with Gorst might actually be able to conquer Bremerton.

Here are some of Billy’s buddies.

Espresso Redux in Gorst

If you’re a regular commuter passing through the Gorst hairpin (bent hairpin more like) you’ll have noticed some recent activity on the site of the former Espresso Gone Wild, now closed. Workers are constructing a new stand and, according to Rochelle Calleros, manager of the soon-to-open Espresso Gone Crazy, utilities are in. She and owner J.J. Wilson of South Kitsap are only waiting on the county to issue final approval before they can open for business. Calleros estimates it will be within a couple of weeks.

Espresso Gone Crazy is not in any way affiliated with the owner of Gone Wild, who had his stand and all its equipment listed for sale on Craigslist in May. Calleros, however, is a former employee, and the new stand also will feature baristas in bikinis and less.

“Hey, it’s a business. You have to stand out,” she said.

But really, what’s the big deal? Businesses open every day in Kitsap County, and to tell you the truth, from a media point of view, we think we’ve pretty much saturated the market with coverage of baristas lacking coverage. The ooh-ah front page story of 2008 has gotten so much exposure that it’s lost its novelty. Here it is again, barely blog fodder.

Calleros, a recent UW grad with a degree in business management, is keenly aware of market saturation. She wrote a research paper on the espresso business in Kitsap County and found that the county has a notably high number of stands per capita. Those that do best, she says, are the bikini barista stands, but even those need a new twist to compete.

Calleros’ marketing plan is to take a good thing and make it better, to capitalize on “missed opportunities.” She will introduce new promotions aimed at the military, their “number one customer base,” and construction workers, who follow a close second. Tuesdays will be “hard hat day.” Show up in your Carhartts and steel-toed boots and you’ll get a discount. Thursdays, same deal for members of the military. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the stand will reprise pastie days.

Calleros, 22, a Bremerton resident, is from upper state New York. Her husband is in the Navy. She sees opportunity in reverse geographical marketing. Whereas most business trends tend to work their way from east to west, with espresso, the prevailing winds are definitely moving in the opposite direction, she said.

“Coming to this area, my eyes opened wide,” she said. “Espresso here is a huge business, and it hasn’t kicked in across the country.”

Reaching out to the community is another missed opportunity Calleros doesn’t intend to pass by. She is working with local companies for bakery and dairy products. She also plans to hold fund-raisers for various causes. “It’s getting your brand known and getting people to like you,” she said.

Gorst Espresso Update

Like you and Kitsap Sun reporter Ed Friedrich (author of the blog “The Commute”), I’ve seen the sign on the trailer at the site of the old Espresso Gone Wild, letting people know there will be a new coffee stand there soon. It will be called “Espresso Gone Crazy, Same Theme, New Owners.”

I spoke to the property owner, Loma Winslow of South Kitsap, who said she is looking forward to having a new tenant on the property. “I’m just excited that we can see a new coffee shop coming in,” she said.

That’s all she can say for now, she told me.

Ballpark opening is a round mid-July. I’ll get back to you when I have more to report.

Chris Henry, SK reporter