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One-Tenth of One Percent Programs
The Cowlitz County Board of County Commissioners approved the 1/10 of one-percent increase in sales tax on December 11, 2012. The tax is a result of Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5763 passed in 2005. This legislation created RCW 82.14.460 as an option for counties to raise the local sales tax by 1/10 of one-percent to augment funding for mental health and chemical dependency services and therapeutic courts. The Cowlitz County tax was established to address unmet needs in the community.

In mid-2016, Cowlitz County hired a consultant to perform a community needs assessment related to behavioral health services in Cowlitz County.  The consultant engaged many local partners and agencies throughout the process.  The consultants report details existing resources in the County, indicates where the service delivery system is overwhelmed, and makes recommendations on how to efficiently fill gaps in the system.  

Before the end of 2016, the County plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to address behavioral health system gaps with evidence-based or best practice programs.   Proposals will be solicited to address the five key recommendations in the report:  1) Integrated and Coordinated Care Delivery System, 2) Affordable Housing and Homelessness Services, 3) Diverse Services for At-Risk Youth, 4) Jail and Prison Diversion, Prevention, and Reentry Programs, and 5) Behavioral Health Workforce Development.

The full consultant report may be viewed here:  Behavioral Health Gap Analysis

Current Request for Proposals (RFP)

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