Council Schedule Highlights Week of July 30th, 2018

Monday, JULY 30th, 2018

11:00am Monday Study Session

Crisis Stability Center (Diversion Center) Presentation 
Presenter: Steve O’Ban, Senior Counsel for Behavioral Health, Executive’s Office

Right now people suffering from behavioral health crises in Pierce County often end up in jail or the ER where they don’t get the help they need and costs to the system are much higher. This facility would provide an alternative to divert them into care and away from incarceration or hospital boarding. There’s currently one similar facility in Fife. It’s anticipated that the same company will operate this one.

In addition to the capital funds, the County will be contributing property to the project. Great job by Executive Dammeier and his team, and of course to the Pierce County legislative delegation, for pulling this together.

Recycling Policy — Blue Sky/National Sword 
Presenter: Ryan Dicks, Sustainability Manager, Planning and Public Works Department

I’ve been asking for the Department to brief the Council on recycling in Pierce County since China changed policies that has resulted in their country taking less of our material. Some counties around the state have already been forced to halt their program or dramatically increase costs. This presentation will be an opportunity to find out how we’re handling the issue in Pierce County and what, if any, policy changes may be needed.

Tuesday, JULY 31st, 2018

3:00pm Council Meeting

This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect) Electronic meeting material can be accessed at Video archives are available at

Proposal No. R2018–91, Homeless Empowerment Labor Program A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Related to the Homeless Empowerment Labor Program Finding that the Human Service Department Has Complied with a Proviso in the 2018 Budget; and Authorizing the Expenditure of Funds to Implement the Homeless Empowerment Labor Program.

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg and Derek Young

This bill was continued from last week.

The HELP program is essentially a way for people to get back on their feet and connecting them to services while giving them a chance to earn some money. Albuquerque, New Mexico started a similar program and has found success.

Of course, it won’t work for everyone. Many experiencing homelessness have disabilities or are suffering from behavioral health disorders. But for people looking for another chance, this seems like something worth trying.

The bill is scheduled final passage.

My Weekly Calendar

Last year we got a request for my forward looking calendar. Rather than have staff waste their time on public record requests, I decided to publish screenshots. If you have questions, feel free to call. Keep in mind, my schedule isn’t static. Things will get added, deleted, changed, etc. There are conflicts that I have to pick between. But if people want to see where I’m at and who I meet with, that’s fine by me.

Re-Elect Derek Young, Pierce County Council