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Where to get help during the COVID-19 pandemic

I continue to receive information about where to go to get help. Here are some other resources you may find helpful. Connie South Sound Outreach: Financial, Expenses, Health, Food, School Operation Plans/Meals, Employment and Health Care  Pierce County Human Services Response to COVID-19 Health Care Authority: Updates for Behavioral Health Providers and Medicaid Clients Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department  United Way: Free Meals During School Closures and Resources Beacon Health Options  Elevate Health COVID-19 Resource Center  Emergency Food Pantry Find Help Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Child Care Aware of WA Family Center is keeping track of all child care availability in King and Pierce County. The Family Center phone number is 1-800-446-1114. By contacting this number families can get…
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COVID-19 Temporary Care Centers

I have been in communication with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the County’s Emergency Management Director in addressing the concern people have about where to go if they have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not sick. We will be setting up Temporary Care Centers. Temporary Care Centers are effective and essential to slow the spread of disease and save lives. Pierce County will need several temporary care centers to house vulnerable Pierce County residents exposed to COVID-19 who don’t have a safe place to stay for the14-day quarantine period. We continue our work to identify assessment and recovery sites in West and East Pierce County. Click on the embedded image for detailed information.  
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COVID-19: Keeping You Informed

The County is working in partnership with Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, the State Department of Health, the Governor, our local cities, our Congressional delegation, our local businesses, and non-profit providers. This only works if we know what each of us, (and those we represent) are doing, what is important to our constituents, what the is at the current moment and understand how to work together to problem solve. Everyday there is more information to digest, and more information to come. To help you stay informed I am sharing the following information. County Council The Council is continuing our Council meetings, but we have the ability to call in to the meeting. We are canceling committee meetings, we passed Resolution 2020-35  which directed $500,000 to food banks and shelters during this COVID-19…
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The vote for behavioral health funding

It has been a week since the Pierce County Council failed to pass an ordinance to help fund services for behavior health. Now that my anger and frustration have settled, I am able to share with you some of my thoughts that I expressed the night of the vote. In 2005, the State Legislature authorized Counties’ legislative authority to pass a one tenth of 1% on sales and use tax to fund behavior health and therapeutic courts. If the tax would have passed last week, we would have realized about $13.1 million annually for Pierce County. Twenty-five jurisdictions have passed this tax in our State, every county this side of the Cascades, both big and small, Republican and Democratic led. Their leaders saw the need, acknowledged the ability to raise…
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Your behavioral health is worth a penny

“Deja vu all over again,” an expression many of us have heard and used. According to Psychology Today, "Déjà Vu" is a common intuitive experience that has happened to many of us. The expression is derived from the French, meaning "already seen." When it occurs, it seems to spark our memory of a place we have already been, a person we have already seen, or an act we have already done. An act we have already done couldn’t be more accurate at this current point in time. In 2016, the County Council voted to pass a one-tenth of 1% sales and use tax for mental illness and substance use disorders. It failed on a vote of 4 in favor and 3 against. You may have noticed that is a majority…
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It’s Recovery Month!

The month of September is recognized as National Recovery Month. The Pierce County Human Services Director Heather Moss, provided valuable information in her blog about resources available in Pierce County to address behavioral health crisis and recovery. This is such important information, that I wanted to be sure to share her blog, which you can find here and includes links to services.
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The Strategic Alliance wants your input!

To help understand current domestic violence service delivery and access in Pierce County, the County and City have launched an exploratory process to improve data collection and information-sharing, more strategically align funding priorities and identify innovative approaches to serving diverse clients throughout Pierce County. As part of the outreach process, community members, people who have experienced domestic violence, family and friends of victims and domestic violence service providers can take a survey to provide feedback about the current services available in the community. Click here to take the survey For more information on the Strategic Alliance visit www.piercecountywa.gov/strategicalliance.
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The Birth to 25 Advisory Board Needs You!

This past April, the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance 2019-6 which established a 19-member Birth to 25 Advisory Board (B-25 Board) for Infant, Child, Youth, and Young Adult Development. The B-25 Board shall propose to the County Executive and County Council a long-range plan with policy, systems, and environmental change recommendations to ensure the successful development of infants, children, youth and young adults ages Birth to 25. The B-25 Board will also consider recommendations for seriously disabled up to age 25. The proposed long-range plan and policy recommendations shall consider and leverage current research, innovative and promising programs, as well as proven, evidence-based development strategies likely to be effective in Pierce County. The B-25 Board will sunset December 31, 2021 and all 19 appointed members will serve until the sunset date. As part of…
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Chambers Creek Regional Park- Central Meadow Study

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is conducting a feasibility study for an event stage in the Central Meadow at Chambers Creek Regional Park. Mark your calendars for the final open house for the feasibility study: Tuesday, August 6. Based on community feedback, Pierce County Parks and Recreation be presenting the preliminary results of the Stage Study and the findings from the analysis of traffic and parking management strategies. Open House Tuesday, August 6 6-8 p.m. Environmental Services Building 9850 - 64th St. W., University Place, WA 98467 For more information about this project and outreach please visit the Chambers Regional Park- Central Meadow Study. The Chambers Creek Regional Park - Central Meadow Stage Study is not a component of the proposed Chambers Bay resort development.
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Making Investments in Affordable Housing

Making Investments in Affordable Housing

Those of us in local government often look to the state for assistance in providing services to our residents. Counties have limited capacity to raise money for needs such as police, courts, jail, prosecutions, indigent defense, juvenile court, senior services, veteran services, roads, sewers, storm water runoff, parks, housing and homelessness services, and much more. People are being priced out of renting or buying a home, and it is becoming very apparent that affordable housing is a major concern for all our communities. The state has stepped-up by-passing SHB 1406 and has given those of us in local government a tool to help with the affordable housing crisis we face. All of us pay a sales and use tax on items we purchase with exception on food products. A portion…
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