Council Schedule Highlights Week of February 18th, 2019

Council Schedule Highlights Week of February 18th, 2019

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

9:30 am Human Services Committee

Connie Ladenburg, Chair
Marty Campbell, Vice Chair
Douglas G. Richardson
Dave Morell
Derek Young

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

Proposal №2019–6, Prenatal to 25 Commission for Child, Youth, and Young Adult Development
Sponsored by: Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg and Derek Young

Pierce County has citizen advisory boards and commissions on everything from accessibility to veterans issues. The goal of the commission is, in social service parlance, to “go upstream” to the root of problems before they become more difficult and expensive to fix. According to the ordinance:

“The P-25 Commission will adopt a pro-social approach that engages children, youth and young adults throughout the age spectrum of Prenatal to 25 within families, their communities, schools, justice systems, health systems, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and peer groups.”

Participating communities in the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers.

Proposal No. R2019–15, Prenatal-to-Three Policies

Councilmembers Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg

Pierce County is joining a nationwide effort by counties to focus on early childhood development. This resolution will be passed by other counties participating in the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers through the National Association of Counties. We were awarded a chance to collaborate with peers on our Help Me Grow program providing home visits by nurses in support of babies and new parents. More on the program below.

Help Me Grow
Presenter: Kate Ginn, Help Me Grow Manager, First 5 FUNdamentals

A little over a week ago I wrote about Help Me Grow, the nurse home visitation program we’re piloting in Pierce County. Here are more details on the program and the proposal to expand it statewide.

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

9:00 AM Second Pierce Countywide Opioid Summit

About a year and a half ago we convened the Pierce County Opioid Task Force. In February we rolled out its work at the first countywide opioid summit to share the action agenda we had developed and get ideas from a broader group of experts in their respective fields. It’s time to do it again.

Since last year we broke up into three committees – Prevention and Education, Right Services at the Right Time, and Expanding Access to Treatment. Each was tasked with selecting high impact, low effort strategies that could be implemented quickly. We’re also looking for sources of funding as well as changes to policy and law.

We expect a little over 200 people who touch the issue of opioids and substance use disorders in some way from the judicial system, medical providers, faith leaders, the recovery community, first responders, and elected leaders.

Like last year, the summit will be streamed online through the county’s Facebook page.

My Weekly Calendar

A couple of years ago 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. Now I’m adding a link to the calendar as well. 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.