Behavioral Health Consortium (BHC)
BHC's Funding and Work Focus - 2020-2023
CHIP was awarded a $1,000,000 federal grant in the Fall of 2020 to continue the Work Plan of the Behavioral Health Consortium (BHC), which was developed with funds from a planning grant awarded in 2019. The focus of these efforts are Opioid and Behavioral Health Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. This grant, a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Implementation (RCORP-I) grant, was awarded by HRSA, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
The continued funding of the BHC's work will allow the BHC to engage in activities such as support of Recovery Café; extending harm reduction services in south county; developing integrated case management; and promotion of already existing Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative activities throughout the county. The BHC will also continue to explore the feasibility of a crisis stabilization center located in Jefferson County.
Communications of Interest
BHC's Development 2018 -2020
Previously, CHIP pursued and was awarded a Rural Community Opioid Response Program Planning HRSA Grant from mid-2019 through mid 2020. That grant supported the expansion of what was originally known, in 2018 - 2019, as the Jefferson Rural Mental Health Development Network, (Network). The initial Network, funded by an earlier HRSA grant, was composed of Discovery Behavioral Health, East Jefferson Fire and Rescue, Jefferson Healthcare and Jefferson County Public Health.
Now, in 2020, the BHC includes the original Network Members and has been expanded to include Port Townsend City Police Chief, County Sheriff, Jail Superintendent, Criminal Justice, Quilcene Fire Department, UW's Alcohol and Drug Institute, and affordable housing, private local MAT and counseling service providers, along with an ad hoc committee of several community resource players.
CHIP has procured funding for a total of six years to develop the BHC to lead and facilitate a collective stakeholder approach to the goal of savings lives we might otherwise have lost, reducing recidivism, and ensuring Jefferson County residents in Behavioral Health crisis have access to earlier and local intervention.
Click below to access files documenting the BHC's ongoing process, discussion and decisions, including agendas, meeting minutes, and other supporting materials.
BHC Meeting Materials (Chronological)
September 2020 - No Meeting