Chemical Dependency & Mental Health Sales Tax Program
Washington State’s Legislature passed the Omnibus Mental Health and Substance Abuse Act (E2SSB 5763) in 2005. In addition to promoting a series of strategies to enhance the State’s chemical dependency and mental health treatment services, the law authorized counties to levy a one-tenth of one percent sales and use tax to fund new mental health, chemical dependency or therapeutic court services.
In February, 2007, the Snohomish County Council established the Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Issues to “advise the County Council on public safety initiatives and programs”, and to “make recommendations on funding options for new or enhanced programs” (Council Motion Number 07-081). The Blue Ribbon Commission conducted a six-month process of study during the latter half of 2007. The Commission received six proposals via formal presentations, as well as input from citizens and organizations, and five public meetings were held, one in each of the County Council Districts, in order to receive input on the range of proposals under review.
In a final report containing the Blue Ribbon Commission’s conclusions and
recommendations delivered to the Snohomish County Council in January, 2008, the Commission “uniformly and strongly recommends the County adopt an overarching focus on crime prevention, shifting the existing emphasis from response to prevention and treatment”. The Commission also “strongly supports the 1/10th of 1% sales tax initiative as a means to fund critical mental health and chemical dependency needs in the county”.
In June of 2008, the Snohomish County Council hired a consultant to be a temporary County Council employee to assist the Council in planning for the 1/10th of 1% sales tax initiative. The consultant conducted an information gathering and interviewing process that culminated in the presentation of an initial plan of action with recommendations titled “Mental Health & Chemical Dependency Taxing Option” to the Council on August 25, 2008.
On December 3, 2008, the Snohomish County Council passed Ordinance 08-154 “Authorizing A Sales And Use Tax To Provide For Operation Or Delivery Of Chemical Dependency Or Mental Health Treatment And Therapeutic Court Programs And Services”. The Council provided explicit policy goals to be achieved using the funds generated by this tax:
- Reduce the incidence and severity of chemical dependency and/or mental health disorders in adults and youth;
- Reduce the number of individuals with chemical dependency and/or mental health disorders using costly interventions such as hospitals, emergency rooms or jails;
- Diversion of adults and youth with chemical dependency and/or mental health disorders from initial or further involvement with the criminal justice system;
- Support linkages with other county efforts;
- Provide outreach to underserved populations; and
- Provide culturally appropriate service delivery.
Snohomish County Ordinance 08-154 also created the Chemical Dependency & Mental Health Program Advisory Board to “make recommendations to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of county government to promote efficient and cost-effective implementation and use of the tax imposed”.
The Chemical Dependency/Mental Health (CDMH) Program Advisory Board meets the 3rd Wednesday of every even month (February, April, June, etc.) from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Compass Health (4526 Federal Avenue, Everett). This meeting is open to the public. Approved meeting minutes are posted below. If you would like additional information, please email Wendy Roullier or call (425) 388-7236.
- June 15, 2011 (34 kb)
- July 20, 2011 (27 kb)
- October 19, 2011 (140 kb)
- December 14, 2011 (27 kb)
- February 15, 2012 (29 kb)
- April 18, 2012 (36 kb)
- May 16, 2012 - Special Meeting (33 kb)
- June 20, 2012 (33 kb)
- August 15, 2012 (36 kb)
- October 17, 2012 (41 kb)
- December 19, 2012 (36 kb) - meeting handouts (0.5 MB)
- February 20, 2013 (36 kb) - meeting handouts (234 kb)
- April 17, 2013
- May 15, 2013 - Special Meeting
- June 19, 2013
- August 21, 2013
- October 16, 2013
- December 18, 2013
Note: Linked documents on this page are in Adobe PDF format.
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