Learn more about mental health tax | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

We’ve all heard about the opioid epidemic and the need for better mental health services. But did you know that here in Kitsap County we’re actually doing something about it?

In 2013 the Kitsap County Commissioners established a new tax, a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax to be devoted to mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court programs. The tax now brings in more than $4 million annually and is used for drug court, school counseling, crisis intervention and many other services.

The League of Women Voters of Kitsap thought it would be a good time to take a look at the tax and how it is working. The public is invited to this free program: A Progress Report on the Behavioral Health Tax, from 9:30 to noon Wednesday, March 14 at the Eagles Nest, 1200 Fairgrounds Road NW, near the county fairgrounds.

Moderating will be retired Superior Court Judge Anna Laurie. Speakers will include Kitsap County Human Services Director Doug Washburn, Citizens Advisory Committee Chairman Richard Daniels and Kitsap Connect Coordinator Robin O’Grady.

Please plan to attend and bring your questions for our speakers.

For more information about this program or the league, check out our website at www.lwv-kitsap.org.

ANN STROSNIDER

Publicity Chair

League of Women Voters of Kitsap

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