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…

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An Equitable Development Initiative is Coming to King County

King County is starting the process to create a community planning workgroup to support the development of the new King County Equitable Development Initiative (KC EDI)! We are looking for King County residents like you to help shape this initiative. For background, in 2021 a coalition of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) led…

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…

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Funding opportunity: $50,000 to Provide Services to Immigrant and Refugee Families in Kent

The Department of Community and Human Services is pleased to release a Request For Proposals (RFP) with up to $50,000 in funding to provide services to immigrant and refugee families in Kent. This is a six-month grant between July 1 – December 31, 2022.  

New Cross System Data Analysis on Overdose Deaths in King County

DCHS Data Insights Series DCHS is excited to release the second analysis as part of the “DCHS Data Insights” series, highlighting how DCHS data directly informs programs, client outcomes, and the core components of some of our region's most pressing issues.  +++Nationally, the country is seeing a dramatic rise in overdose deaths due to opioids and stimulants.…