Presentation: The Needle Exchange Program: Myth VS Fact

Building a Skagit County Housing Affordability Strategy
Interim Report
Two out of every five households in Skagit County cannot afford the home they occupy. The attached report describes in detail the scope of our affordable housing shortfall and 12 recommendations to address this crucial issue.

Homelessness in Skagit County
At any point in time, at least 957 people in Skagit County are homeless (2011 Homeless Count). Throughout the year, hundreds more face the prospect of losing their homes due to precarious financial conditions, domestic violence, health crises, and chronic mental health and chemical dependency conditions. Furthermore, the rising cost of housing and stagnant wages increases the risk of people losing their housing, and makes it increasingly difficult to find affordable housing.
Skagit County: The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness [Pdf]

Developmental Disabilities
People with developmental disabilities and their families are valued citizens of Skagit County. The Developmental Disabilities program strives to promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Program:

  • Represents Skagit County's interests in mental health services
  • Assures that a full continuum of mental health services is available to eligible consumers.
  • Maintains a county presence within the five county North Sound Mental Health Administration (NSMHA) to assure that Skagit County receives appropriate resources, and
  • Manages the County's mental health program through the Skagit County Mental Health Advisory Board.

Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels Program provides nutritious, noontime meals to senior citizens, age 60 and older, who have difficulty leaving their home unassisted and who are unable to prepare their own meals.

Senior Centers
Information about activities and services at each of the Skagit County Senior Centers. Web sites are maintained by senior volunteers at each center and sponsored by Skagit County and its towns and cities.

Senior Nutrition Program
Skagit County’s Senior Nutrition Program provides nutritious, noontime meals to seniors through a variety of services. Each meal distributed by the program is designed to provide one-third of the Recommended Daily Dietary Allowances for people over 60 years of age.

Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention
Treatment Resources
The Skagit County Substance Abuse Treatment Program assures:

  • Adequate sub-acute detoxification services are available to all in need;
  • Sufficient outpatient treatment services are available within Skagit County to minimize waiting lists;
  • Youth, pregnant and parenting women, and ethnic minorities have access to treatment services; and
  • Subcontractor service performance is monitored to assure accountability to the public funding sources.