Home Mental Wellness $7 million allocated from one-tenth of 1% fund for mental health

$7 million allocated from one-tenth of 1% fund for mental health

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FILE — Pendleton Place, a 72-unit apartment complex, is still under construction off of Kitsap Way in West Bremerton. Money from Kitsap County's one-tenth of 1% sales and use tax for mental health has gone toward paying for the construction of the complex, which will assist those who struggle with homelessness, mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Money collected from Kitsap County’s sales tax will fund a variety of initiatives to assist those with mental health and substance abuse challenges in 2022, from a new animal-assisted mental health counseling program to a therapist to join the staff of a food bank. 

The Kitsap County Commissioners last week approved recommendations for spending of $7 million in sales-tax funds for programs that will assist those with mental health and substance abuse challenges  — about $1.5 more than is typically allocated.

The commissioners approved recommendations put forth by a citizen advisory committee for spending funds generated by the county’s one-tenth of 1% sales and use tax designated for mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court services. 

For the past four years, the amount allocated has been around $5.5 million, said Gay Neal, of Kitsap County Human Services. But because of the effects of the pandemic on mental health and the need, commissioners approved spending an additional $1.5 million in reserves from the county’s budget to boost funding for the initiatives. 



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