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October 19, 2020

Skagit County launches SkagitRising.org

Today, Skagit County launched www.skagitrising.org, a new website containing opioid and substance use resources. This website was created in partnership with Public Health, the Population Health Trust and the Opioid Workgroup Leadership Team to connect community members to pertinent behavioral health information and services.

“Navigating the behavioral health system can be challenging. With the variety of information, services and resources available, it can be difficult to know where to start or where to find the information and help that is needed.,” said McKinzie Gales, Community Health Education Specialist with Skagit Public Health. “SkagitRising lists all of the local opioid and substance use-related tools and resources in one place. So, we hope this website increases accessibility to information, makes it easier to navigate the system, and helps community members find support.”

In 2015, Public Health conducted a Community Health Assessment. The community clearly identified the opioid crisis as a public health concern. Creating a virtual ‘hub’ that would connect community members to opioid and substance use related information and services was a goal that came out of strategic planning by Public Health and OWLT partners to reduce the impact of opioids in Skagit County.   www.skagitrising.org is the result of that goal.

Visit www.skagitrising.org today to learn about prevention, data, treatment, recovery and to access resources for support services, housing, hospitals, legal services, senior services, veterans services, employers, business, property owners and more.

If you have questions, or need additional information about Public Health’s work on the opioid crisis, call Public Health at 360-416-1500 or email mgales@co.skagit.wa.us.