County seeks survey input for sales tax fund treatment strategy

Deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 15

PORT ORCHARD — Residents have been invited to take a community survey and provide input for Kitsap County’s update to the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Program Strategic Plan.

The county’s Department of Human Services will make the survey at available through Oct. 15.

In September 2013, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners adopted the treatment sales tax, authorizing one-tenth of 1 percent of sales and use tax to be designated for funding mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic drug court programs. In collaboration with community leaders and subject-matter experts, the department developed a six-year strategic plan for behavioral health services that guides funding distribution.

According to Gay Neal, program coordinator with the human services department, the strategic plan “informs a commissioner-appointed citizens advisory committee as it reviews applications for annual treatment sales tax funding” and makes award recommendations to the county commissioners.

Gaps identified in the community survey will help community leaders and behavioral health professionals as they update the current strategic plan, Neal said, and establish funding objectives and strategies for future years.

Here is the link to the original strategic plan: For more information, contact Neal at 360-337-4827.