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Reminder: Request for Proposal – Up to $2M for Culturally Appropriate Behavioral Health Services – Closes July 7

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for Culturally Appropriate Behavioral Health Services will close on July 7, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Up to $2,000,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds is available to build, improve and enhance culturally appropriate behavioral health services to communities in King County who were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.…

As the Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program Transitions, King County Focuses Efforts on Evictions 

King County is transitioning to the next phase of the Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) that has distributed nearly $340 million in rent assistance across the county. This month, we will receive an estimated $10 million in additional funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce and plan to contract these funds to…

Kent Isolation and Quarantine Site Will No Longer Serve Guests Next Week 

King County Department of Community and Human Services announces that the Kent Isolation and Quarantine (I&Q) site will no longer serve guests, starting Monday, June 13, 2022.  As of today, the building has stopped accepting referrals. With relatively stable COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates, King County made the decision to transition to a more traditional…

King County Awards Funding to 11 School Districts to Extend Critical Program Addressing Youth Mental Health

Washington youth are experiencing a mental health crisis. COVID-19 has exacerbated underlying issues felt by young people, including anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. Over the past two months, national experts and senior officials have sounded the alarm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘issued a warning on teen mental health.' The United States…

King County deepens behavioral health investments in our region  

King County has long recognized the need to further invest in our behavioral health system. The reality is, behavioral health is undervalued and stigmatized, but the pandemic has revealed how many people across the country are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, and other severe mental health challenges. The Department of Community and Human Services (DHCS) is committed to working with community-based providers, peers or those with lived experience, and state and city governments to expand programs and services that help reduce stigma and connect individuals to treatment that is available where and when they need it.  

Health Through Housing to Bring More Housing to the Region in the Coming Months

Health Through Housing is an initiative to rapidly acquire up to 1,600 units of affordable housing for residents experiencing, or at risk of, chronic homelessness while reducing racial-ethnic disproportionality. We’ve acquired nearly 1,000 units for at-risk and chronically homeless residents—housing that is dignified, connected, and service-enriched.  The initiative reached a new milestone last month when…