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File #: 2016-0198    Version:
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 3/28/2016 In control: Law and Justice Committee
On agenda: Final action: 4/25/2016
Enactment date: Enactment #: 14632
Title: A MOTION requesting the executive to develop and submit for council review and acceptance a report on the status and options for sustainable continuation of the department of adult and juvenile detention dedicated veteran housing pilot and veterans-focused programming at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center and to request a supplemental appropriation to support such pilot and programming.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn
Indexes: Adult and Juvenile Detention, Appropriation, Housing, Veterans
Attachments: 1. Motion 14632.pdf, 2. 2016-0198_SR_Vets_Maleng_Program_FinalA.docx, 3. 2016-0198_ATT1_Proposed_Motion.pdf, 4. 2016-0198_ATT2_Improving_Programs_and_Services_for_Incarcerated_Veterans_Rpt.pdf, 5. 2016-0198_SR_REVISED_Vets_Maleng_Program.docx, 6. 2016-0198_AMD1.docx
Staff: Mathisen, Lauren
Drafter
Clerk 04/14/2016
Title
A MOTION requesting the executive to develop and submit for council review and acceptance a report on the status and options for sustainable continuation of the department of adult and juvenile detention dedicated veteran housing pilot and veterans-focused programming at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center and to request a supplemental appropriation to support such pilot and programming.
Body
WHEREAS, King County is home to an estimated one hundred fourteen thousand former members of the United States military, reserves and National Guard who have served in active duty. This population of veterans represents between five and six percent of the total county population, and
WHEREAS, research has shown significantly higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans who have served in combat zones than in the general population. The national research suggests that thousands of King County veterans have experienced or are experiencing posttraumatic stress symptoms to some degree, and
WHEREAS, veterans coming into contact with the criminal justice system often have a number of unmet service needs across multiple domains, including mental health issues, substance abuse, homelessness, poverty, unemployment and issues related to posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, and
WHEREAS, by increasing veteran access to veterans' justice programs in incarceration facilities, unmet service needs and barriers to recovery can more effectively be addressed through connecting veterans to resources that help stabilize and support them and that aid these individuals in returning to their communities, and
WHEREAS, because incarcerated veterans face unique challenges, and research on the medical and psychiatric needs of veterans and persons with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries is continually and rapidly evolving, staff serving veteran populations have significant ongoing training n...

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