Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 30th, 2018

Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 30th, 2018

Programming note… County ethics rules prohibit the use of County communication resources on behalf of a candidate for office after April 30th. As a result, this blog will be going quiet until November. I will continue providing regular updates on my own blog, campaign site, and social media. You will also notice that I won’t be appearing on PCTV for interviews. Of course, we can still communicate with our constituents directly so please feel free to reach out any time you have questions.

Tuesday, MAY 1st, 2018

Select Committee on Human Services

Connie Ladenburg, Chair
Rick Talbert, Vice Chair
Douglas G. Richardson

This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect) Electronic meeting material can be accessed at archives are available at

2019 Behavioral Health Mid-Adopter Report
Presenter: Steve O’Ban, Senior Counsel for Behavioral Health, Human Services Department

Washington is integrating its Medicaid system thanks to a waiver program started a couple years ago. The first step was consolidation of the mental health and substance use systems into Behavioral Health Organizations. The second step integrates the BHO with the rest of the medical system into Medical Care Organizations. Pierce County is a “mid-adopter” county meaning that we chose to integrate earlier which allows for some flexibility on setting the system up.

Behavioral Health Diversion Center Report
Presenter: Steve O’Ban, Senior Counsel for Behavioral Health, Human Services Department

The Diversion Center is to be a place where people suffering from behavioral health crisis can be admitted and get appropriate treatment rather than a visit to an emergency room or jail where care is harder to come by. Council delayed appropriation of funding requested by the Executive until a location and operational funding could be identified.

Thursday, MAY 3rd, 2018

Puget Sound Regional Council – Growth Management Policy Board

Discussion Item (10:20) a. VISION 2050 Survey Results — Laura Benjamin, PSRC and Vanessa Lund, Cocker Fennessy

In preparation for the update of our regional plan (VISION 2050) PSRC conducted a statistically valid public survey online and by phone. It included questions that were asked in 2003 so we can see how things have changed over the last 15 years.

Action Item (11:05) a. Adopt the VISION 2050 Scoping Report — Paul Inghram, PSRC 

You can find in the link above the scoping report and work plan for the VISION 2050 update. The Growth Managment Policy Board will be lead on this project and this update will consume our work for the next year.

I’m not sure if I want to introduce the idea at this point or along the way, but I think we need a shift in our basic understanding of the regional growth strategy. It seems we’ve drifted to a unipolar vision with Seattle/West King as the “Metropol” and the rest of the region as suburbs. That’s out of step with the multipolar vision that I think the rest of us have, and frankly one that’s healthier for the entire region. Funneling all the job growth into a couple cities with the rest serving as bedroom communities is bad for the whole region, wasteful in transportation resources, and environmentally damaging. I’ll be working to flesh that out over the next few months.

My Weekly Calendar

Last year we got a request for my forward looking calendar. Rather than have staff waste their time on public record requests, I decided to publish screenshots. If you have questions, feel free to call. Keep in mind, my schedule isn’t static. Things will get added, deleted, changed, etc. There are conflicts that I have to pick between. But if people want to see where I’m at and who I meet with, that’s fine by me.