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Overdose prevention project

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Overdose prevention project

The Grays Harbor Overdose Prevention Project is funded by the Washington State Project to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose (WA-PDO). It is part of our comprehensive approach to reducing drug use in our community.  For information about our effort to prevent youth substance use, visit our My Town Coalition page.

The Grays Harbor Overdose Prevention Project has two objectives:

  1. Distribute naloxone to those at risk of an opioid overdose.

  2. Develop a comprehensive overdose prevention strategy and naloxone distribution plan.

We are excited about this opportunity to save lives and can answer your questions about the program.  Please contact Dan Homchick at dhomchick@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or (360) 500-4066.


What is fentanyl?

There are reports that fentanyl is in the Grays Harbor drug market.

Fentanyl is being sold in:

  • pill form as fake oxycodone, Xanax, and other club drugs
  • powder form as heroin or fent
  • powder form mixed into drugs like crystal meth and cocaine

Fentanyl is 50-100 times more potent than heroin or morphine. The high potency of fentanyl greatly increases the risk of overdose, especially if a person who uses drugs is unaware that a powder or pill contains fentanyl.

If someone overdoses, always call 911 first. If you have naloxone, follow protocols for using it. Give them one dose, wait 2-3 minutes to see if they respond, then give a second dose. Because fentanyl is so strong, the help of emergency responders, who will have more naloxone, is critical.

Why was Grays Harbor County selected as an Overdose Prevention Project site?

We know that opioid use and overdose is a problem in Grays Harbor County.

  • Our syringe services program, which began in 2004, exchanged 759,818 needles in 2016.
  • Grays Harbor County has a higher rate of opioid-related deaths than Washington state as a whole. (Source: Washington State Department of Health Center for Health Statistics.)

The Grays Harbor Overdose Prevention Project will get people who use opioids into treatment and prevent opioid-related deaths.

Where does funding for the Grays Harbor Overdose Prevention Project come from?

Funding for this 5-year project comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - a federal funding source. The grant is administered by Washington State Department of Social and Health Services' (DSHS) Division of Behavorial Health Recovery (DBHR) in partnership with the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute to implement local grant activities. No county money is associated with this program.

Does providing naloxone make people more likely to use drugs?

There is no evidence that giving people naloxone makes them more likely to use more drugs. It does, however, keep them alive to be able to seek treatment when they are ready. Going through withdrawal is painful and unpleasant. Research has shown that people who use heroin and are trained as overdose responders actually use less heroin over time as they assume new “peer leader” roles in their communities.

What are the long-term goals of this grant?

The end goal of this funding is to get people who use opioids into treatment and, ultimately, recovery. These are real people with real problems and real lives. We know that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution and we will be looking for input in developing local priorities for naloxone distribution and in creating a comprehensive overdose prevention strategy. If you are interested in attending our stakeholder meetings please email Dan Homchick at dhomchick@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

What is naloxone?

Naloxone is a prescription medicine that temporarily stops the effect of opioids (heroin, OxyContin, Percocet, dilaudid, fentanyl, methadone, etc.). This helps a person start breathing again and wake up from an opioid overdose. It has no effect on other drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, or benzodiazepines.

What is the purpose of naloxone distribution?

The purpose of this program is to prevent deaths from opioid overdoses. Naloxone is a short-term fix for a complicated problem that can only be addressed if the person is alive.

Who can legally possess naloxone?

Naloxone is a prescription medication. Washington state law (RCW 69.41.095) allows anyone “at risk for having or witnessing a drug overdose” to obtain naloxone and administer it in an overdose situation. Naloxone is not a scheduled or controlled drug so it is safe for anyone to possess.

Can I get in trouble for helping out in an overdose situation?

In Washington state, anyone trying to help in a medical emergency is generally protected from civil liabilities by RCW 4.24.300. Washington state's 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Law RCW 69.50.315 gives additional, specific protections against drug possession charges:

  • If you seek medical assistance in a drug-related overdose, you cannot be prosecuted for drug possession.
  • The overdose victim is also protected from drug possession charges.
  • Anyone in Washington state who might have or witness an opioid overdose is allowed to carry and administer naloxone (RCW 69.41.095).

How can I get naloxone for myself?

Naloxone is currently being distributed at:

  • Our syringe services program
  • Chaplains on the Harbor (281 W Spokane Avenue in Westport) from 12-3pm on Thursdays
  • Out & Proud Grays Harbor Coalition (call (360) 500-3444 or email opghcprez@gmail.com)
  • Harbor Calvary Chapel (108 South K Street in Aberdeen; (360) 532-4419)

Your doctor can also write you a prescription that you could have filled at a pharmacy if you or your loved one is at risk of an overdose.

Naloxone is also available without a prescription from any Safeway pharmacy.

If you get naloxone from a pharmacy, you may have to pay a co-pay or deductible, depending on the terms of your health insurance plan.

How can I get naloxone for my agency?

If your agency is interested in obtaining naloxone, please contact Dan Homchick at dhomchick@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or (360) 500-4066.

Please note that this funding is not intended to supplant Emergency Medical Response supplies.

How will I know how to use naloxone? What training is available?

A short, 10-minute training will be given to individuals who get naloxone at our syringe services program. Participants are trained to recognize and systematically respond to an overdose. They are also informed about what puts users at risk of overdose and avenues for recovering from addiction.

We can also provide naloxone training in a group setting. If your agency would like training on naloxone administration, please contact Dan Homchick at dhomchick@grays-harbor.wa.us or (360) 500-4066.


Other resources

 Download and print the Opioid Needs Assessment and Response Plan, February 2018 (.pdf)

Download and print the Opioid Needs Assessment and Response Plan, February 2018 (.pdf)

 Download and print the meeting summary from the initial stakeholder meeting of the opioid Overdose Prevention Project, May 2017 (.pdf)

Download and print the meeting summary from the initial stakeholder meeting of the opioid Overdose Prevention Project, May 2017 (.pdf)

 Download and print the results of the Opioid Needs Assessment survey, January 2018 (.pdf)

Download and print the results of the Opioid Needs Assessment survey, January 2018 (.pdf)

 Download and print a document describing local efforts to address the opiate misuse crisis in Grays Harbor (.pdf)

Download and print a document describing local efforts to address the opiate misuse crisis in Grays Harbor (.pdf)

 Download and print the Grays Harbor Opioid Needs Assessment Stakeholder meeting minutes from February 22, 2018 (.pdf)

Download and print the Grays Harbor Opioid Needs Assessment Stakeholder meeting minutes from February 22, 2018 (.pdf)

 
 Visit stopoverdose.org (website)

Visit stopoverdose.org (website)

 Download and print the FAQ document (.pdf)

Download and print the FAQ document (.pdf)

 Download and print the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT (.pdf)

Download and print the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT (.pdf)

 Download and print a fentanyl warning sheet (.pdf)

Download and print a fentanyl warning sheet (.pdf)

 

Breast, Cervical, & Colon Health Program

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Breast, Cervical, & Colon Health Program

The Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department's clinic is a provider in the Washington State Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health program.  This program will pay for exams, Pap screening and mammograms for eligible men and women.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be aged 40-64,

  • meet certain income criteria, and

  • have no health insurance coverage for health screening services or have a high deductible for follow-up cancer testing.

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Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs program offers

  • family support,

  • care coordination, &

  • health information

for children (age 17 or younger) who have, or are at risk of having, a condition which may prevent them from growing, developing, or playing like other children.

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We can help.

Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs is a free program that connects young people and their families to resources and services.

If your child is age 17 or younger and has, or is at risk of having, a condition which may prevent them from growing, developing, or playing like other children, your family is eligible for these services regardless of income.

Some conditions that children with special health care needs might have include:

  • asthma

  • autism

  • cancer

  • cerebral palsy

  • Down syndrome

  • cleft lip and/or palate

  • cystic fibrosis

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  • prematurity

  • speech/language delay

  • sickle cell anemia

  • diabetes

  • juvenile arthritis

  • epilepsy

  • blindess

  • hearing loss

  • gross and/or fine motor delay


The program can help families:

  • find assistance for their child with special needs.

  • find financial assistance.

  • schedule appointments and transportation.

  • get services for their child, such as medical care.

  • find information about health insurance programs.

Families can refer themselves to the program; or, referrals can be made by schools or medical and service providers.


For healthcare providers

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

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Communicable disease reporting

The Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department protects the community by controlling and preventing the spread of infectious diseases in Grays Harbor County.  We do this by:

  • Receiving reports from health care providers about cases of notifiable communicable diseases as required by law.

  • Investigating cases and providing education to people with communicable diseases and their contacts.

  • Reducing the spread of disease by providing and promoting vaccines.

  • Providing updated information to area health care providers about local, national, and global issues of public health concern.

  • Educating the community about diseases of concern.

  • Identifying potential sources of disease transmission.

  • Using appropriate public health methods to stop the spread of disease.

Report notifiable conditions to:

Communicable Disease Program
Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Dept.
2109 Sumner Avenue
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone:  (360) 532-8631
After-hours phone:  (360) 581-1401
Fax:  (360) 533-6272

Resources


Epi News is faxed to healthcare offices during events of public health significance.

Sign up for Epi News by emailing Lisa Leitz at lleitz@co.grays-harbor.wa.us


Grays Harbor family planning

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Grays Harbor family planning

We believe in reproductive health care for everyone.

Welcoming health care

We are here for you as you plan or prevent pregnancy.

  • Services offered to all people

  • Bilingual staff that speak English and Spanish

  • LGBTQ friendly

High quality health care that meets national standards

Our health care professional will talk with you about your health history and your reproductive health plan. They will also do routine screenings, including:

  • Annual exams

  • Pregnancy test

  • STD test

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We offer all FDA-approved birth control methods, including emergency contraception.

Convenient health care

  • We can get you an appointment quickly.

  • IUDs and the implant can be inserted during your appointment.

  • If you have Apple Health (Medicaid), you can get birth control pills and rings at our clinic, so there is often no need to make another stop at the pharmacy.

  • If you have private health insurance, a prescription will be faxed to your pharmacy for birth control pills, rings, and patches.

Affordable health care

Our health care fits every budget, whether you have health insurance or not.

  • We can bill your health insurance plan (but please note that we cannot accept Medicare).

  • We offer a sliding fee scale and payment plans.


What exactly is family planning?


What about STDs?


Birth control refill hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
9am - 11am & 2pm - 4pm

You can get your Depo shot, pill refill, or ring refill during these walk-in times. No appointment is needed.


Take Charge

Take Charge is a state- and federally-funded program. It provides reproductive health care services (including free birth control) to women and men in Washington state.  You can apply for this program at our office.


Questions?

Call (360) 532-8631 and request an appointment or visit our office.  We are happy to answer your questions!

Syringe services

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Syringe services

Syringe services is a public health program for people who inject drugs.

Syringe services exchanges new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment for used, contaminated syringes.  This reduces the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infections among people who inject drugs, their families, and communities.

Syringe services include:

The Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department offers syringe services every Wednesday from 11:30am-3:30pm.  These services are provided at an off-site location.  For location information, call Dan Homchick at (360) 500-4066.  We do not exchange syringes at our clinic.


Other Information

 Download and print a fact sheet about the benefits of syringe services programs (.pdf)

Download and print a fact sheet about the benefits of syringe services programs (.pdf)

 Visit SeeANeedle.com to learn what to do if you or your child finds a used needle (website)

Visit SeeANeedle.com to learn what to do if you or your child finds a used needle (website)

 Contact LeMay Inc. to learn how to properly dispose of syringes in your garbage (Grays Harbor County only) (website)

Contact LeMay Inc. to learn how to properly dispose of syringes in your garbage (Grays Harbor County only) (website)

 

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Fentanyl

There are reports that fentanyl is in the Grays Harbor drug market.

Fentanyl is being sold in:

  • pill form as fake oxycodone, Xanax, and other club drugs

  • powder form as heroin or fent

  • powder form mixed into drugs like crystal meth and cocaine

Fentanyl is 50-100 times more potent than heroin or morphine.  The high potency of fentanyl greatly increases the risk of overdose, especially if a person who uses drugs is unaware that a powder or pill contains fentanyl.

If someone overdoses, always call 911 first.  If you have naloxone, follow protocols for using it.  Give them one dose, wait 2-3 minutes to see if they respond, then give a second dose.  Because fentanyl is so strong, the help of emergency responders, who will have more naloxone, is critical.

 Download and print a fentanyl warning sheet (.pdf)

Download and print a fentanyl warning sheet (.pdf)

 

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD)

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD)

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Every child deserves healthy teeth.

The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program (ABCD) connects families with dentists who know how to care for young kids. This prevents early tooth decay and starts children on a lifelong path to good oral health.


Parents

What does ABCD do?

  • Helps you find a dentist

  • Keeps baby teeth healthy

  • Easy exams

Providers

ABCD dentists provide quality dental care and treatment to eligible children. ABCD dentists receive enhanced fees through Medicaid for providing certain preventative and restorative procedures.

Become an ABCD provider

  • Attend a training - it can be arranged in your own office

  • The University of Washington, the Health Care Authority, and the local ABCD office will issue you a certification

Partners

Help us spread the word about the importance of good oral health in early childhood.  Refer any Apple Health (Medicaid) families with young children to us.

Refer children to ABCD

  • Hand out our program information

  • Submit a referral form and we will contact your client


International travel

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > International travel

Before you travel to another country, we recommend that you visit a travel clinic. They can make sure you are protected from diseases that are not commonly found in the United States.

There are several travel clinics in nearby areas:

Vaccines

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Vaccines

Vaccines prevent a person from getting sick.

Some vaccines are given by poking a needle into the skin (these type of vaccines are called "shots"). Some vaccines are sprayed into the nose (like some types of flu vaccines). Some vaccines are eaten (like the Rotavirus vaccine).

Vaccines are a safe and effective way to keep you, your family, and your community healthy.

Vaccines recommended for children age 0-6

Vaccines recommended for preteens and teens age 7-18

Vaccines recommended for adults

Vaccine Clinic

The Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department's clinic gives some vaccines to adults. We do not give vaccines to children. We can help you find a health care provider that gives vaccines to children.

Call (360) 532-8631.

Vaccine Records

The Washington State Department of Health provides parents and guardians access to their family members' immunization records at MyIR.net. Go to MyIR.net or call (866) 397-0337.

Childhood Vaccine Program

The Washington State Childhood Vaccine Program provides vaccine to all kids less than 19 years of age in Washington. The program uses a combination of federal and state funds to purchase vaccines and distributes them to health care providers.  If you are a health care provider interested in participating in this program, email the Washington State Department of Health at wachildhoodvaccines@doh.wa.gov.

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WIC

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > WIC

What is WIC?

  • Nutrition and health information

  • Free nutritious foods

  • Health care services

  • Referrals to other services

Who can get WIC?

  • Pregnant women

  • Breastfeeding women

  • New mothers

  • Infants

  • Children up to the age of 5

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WIC Nutrition Program doesn’t discriminate.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

Email: program.intake@usda.gov

Fax: (202) 690-7442

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Washington State WIC Nutrition Program doesn’t discriminate.

Grays Harbor Family Support Program | Parents as Teachers

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Grays Harbor Family Support Program | Parents as Teachers

Grays Harbor Family Support Program is a free program that helps children grow and develop to their full potential.

The program matches parents with a trained Parent Educator (PE). Your PE will meet with you in your home or a convenient location like your local library or park.  Your PE is a friendly, experienced person who can answer questions about your pregnancy or being a parent. Your PE can also help you find services that help you care for yourself and your children.

Youth suicide prevention

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Youth suicide prevention

Our community is concerned about youth suicide. 

If you think someone is at risk of suicide, ask for help.  If someone is harming him/herself right now, call 911.


Warning signs that a youth (up to age 24) is at risk of suicide include:

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide

  2. Expressing hopelessness about the future

  3. Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress

  4. Showing worrisome behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:

  • withdrawal from or change in social connections or situations

  • changes in sleep (increased or decreased)

  • anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context

  • recent increased agitation or irritability

(These warning signs apply to youth; warning signs that an adult (age 25+) is at risk are here.)


Show, Ask, Get help (SAG)

  • Show you care. Take any threat or talk about suicide seriously. Start by telling the person you are concerned.

    • I am worried about you because _____________. I want to help.

  • Ask the question. Don't be afraid to ask if he or she is thinking about suicide or has a plan or method in mind.

    • Are you thinking about suicide?

  • Get help. Resist the temptation to "argue them out it." Instead, seek professional help and do not leave them alone.

    • You are not alone. Let me help you find help.


Resources

 Tips for parents for talking with their children about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and suicide (.pdf)

Tips for parents for talking with their children about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and suicide (.pdf)

 Warning signs of suicide (.pdf)

Warning signs of suicide (.pdf)

 How to support youth after a suicide (.pdf)

How to support youth after a suicide (.pdf)

 Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan (.pdf)

Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan (.pdf)

 Self-Injury Surveillance Report, Grays Harbor County (.pdf)

Self-Injury Surveillance Report, Grays Harbor County (.pdf)

 Washington State's Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention (.pdf)

Washington State's Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention (.pdf)

 Recommendations for reporting on suicide (.pdf)

Recommendations for reporting on suicide (.pdf)

Veterans' resources

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Veterans' resources

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Veterans' Advisory Board

The Grays Harbor County Veterans' Advisory Board was established by Grays Harbor County Resolution 2005-65. The board provides advice to the Grays Harbor County Board of County Commissioners on the needs of local indigent veterans.

The Veterans' Advisory Board meets on the first Wednesday of March, June, September, and December at 2pm in the Commissioners' office located at 100 West Broadway, Suite #1 in Montesano, WA.

For more information about Veterans' Advisory Board meetings and materials contact (360) 500-4049 or clentz@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.


Veterans' Relief Fund

The Revised Code of Washington (RCW 73.08) requires all 39 counties to establish a Veterans' Relief Fund.

The Veterans' Relief Fund may be able to help with rent, utilities, food, and other needs.

This is a fund of last resort and in no way can it be construed as a veteran's benefit. 

All applications must be filed with local service officers at veteran support organizations.  Please contact your local service officer to discuss making an application.

To apply for assistance from Grays Harbor County Veterans' Relief Fund, you must have been honorably discharged, have been a resident of Grays Harbor County for at least 6 months, and have income below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level.

When contacting service officers, it may be helpful to bring:

  • a copy of your DD-214

  • proof of residency

  • proof of income

  • any shut-off or eviction notices requiring payment

If you are denied assistance or feel that you have been discriminated against, you have the right to file an appeal and request that a full explanation of the reasons why you were denied assistance be put in writing.


Service officer contact information

Amvets Post 1926

Montesano
(360) 249-8090

Veterans of Foreign Wars Henry L. Robb Post 1135

407 7th Street
Hoquiam, WA 98550
(360) 532-0510
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am-1pm
Call before arriving so that the service officer can tell you what paperwork to bring with you.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2455

315 S Main Street
Montesano, WA 98563
(360) 249-3631

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5564

158 N Summit Road
McCleary, WA 98557

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8956

953 Trent Ct SE
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
(360) 591-7595
Wednesday, 10am-2pm
The service officer helps people by phone during the week when not at the post.  They will make appointments during the week for emergencies.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter #512

Ocean Shores, WA 98563
(206) 713-3477
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 224

105 E Heron Street
Aberdeen, WA 98520
(360) 533-9863 224serviceofficer@gmail.com
Thursdays from 1pm-7pm
Appointments can be made outside these hours in advance

 

Medical Reserve Corps

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Medical Reserve Corps

The Grays Harbor Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of volunteers. They prepare for and respond to emergencies in our community. 


  • MRC members work together as a team.

  • MRC members prepare people to take care of themselves and their families.

  • MRC members provide supplemental aid during emergencies. This allows first responders to focus on the most threatening situations.


There are two types of MRC volunteers: medical and non-medical.

Medical

  • Dispensing antibiotics

  • Injecting vaccines

  • Reviewing health histories

  • Patient care

  • Triage

  • Outreach and education

Non-medical

  • Interpretation

  • Staffing a call center to provide information

  • Setting up equipment

  • Greeting and directing people

  • Volunteer recruitment

  • HAM radio operation


To learn more, visit medicalreservecorps.gov or contact our Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator at (360) 532-8631.

Housing & homelessness

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Housing & homelessness

We believe that everyone should have a safe and healthy place to live.


Grays Harbor County is seeking proposals from eligible and qualified agencies for newly available Homeless Housing Funds.

For more information please review the Request for Proposals document.

Grays Harbor County used findings from the Department of Commerce-backed “100 Day Challenges” to inform RFP structure, scoring, and deliverables.

This RFP was published October 3, 2018 and will be open until 4:30 p.m. on November 2nd, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Cassie Lentz at 360-500-4049 or clentz@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.


Housing Stakeholder Coalition

A Housing Stakeholder Coalition has been formed as a platform for education and participation in implementation of strategies outlined in the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness (see below for more information about the plan).

It is an inclusive group of community stakeholders who have an interest or connection to housing programs and services in Grays Harbor.  This group provides recommendations to the Housing Executive Committee and helps guide and implement the 10-year Plan's Work Plan.

The coalition will meet quarterly (January, April, July, and October) and participants may choose to engage with specific workgroups who may meet more regularly.

Progress

  • Grays Harbor County has created and published its first annual report to measure and share information about homeless system performance. This report shows progress the County has made in key benchmarks and provides data about services provided to clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The reporting period for this report is July 2017-June 2018.

  • Washington State Department of Commerce has recently published several reports that outline the type and scale, as well as measure the effectiveness, of programs serving individuals experiencing homelessness.  These reports also show trends in service and outcomes year-to-year.

    • The Winter 2018 Report Card looks at how our county is doing in comparison to state-directed performance benchmarks including households served that exit to permanent housing and the number of households that return to homelessness after receiving services.  The reporting period for this report is October 2016-September 2017.

    • The Rapid Rehousing Dashboard focuses specifically on rental assistance programs that serve households who are actively experiencing homelessness.  Its measures include prioritizing the most vulnerable clients, average time taken to place clients into permanent housing, increasing income, and the current status of households being served in the program.  The reporting period for this report is July 2017-June 2018.

    • The Temporary Housing Dashboard focuses specifically on emergency shelter programs that are serving households who are actively experiencing homelessness. Its measures include outcomes of exited households, who are the households active in the project, and Office of Homeless Youth Safe and Stable housing measures. It includes data locally from the Grays Harbor Youth Center, Domestic Violence Shelter, and Coastal Community Action Program’s Family Shelter. The reporting period for this report is July 2017-June 2018.

    • NEW: The Homelessness Prevention Dashboard is now available. This report focuses specifically on homelessness prevention programs that are serving households at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Its measures include outcomes of exited households, the living situations of households prior to being served, and the number of “newly homeless” clients in each county. It includes local data from the Grays Harbor Youth Center and Coastal Community Action Program. The reporting period is July 2017-June 2018.

    • The Year-to-Year Comparison report looks at trends in key data points over time.  The reporting period for this report is October-September for each year highlighted.

    • For more information about these measures, reporting periods, and definitions, visit https://public.tableau.com/profile/comhau#!/

  • The USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (awarded to Grays Harbor County in May 2016, see below for more information) will support a pilot project to provide outreach, engagement, assessment, and case management to homeless individuals with complex challenges (mental health issues, chemical dependency, physical disabilities, etc.).  This collaborative partnership between housing, behavioral health, social services, and businesses will provide homeless individuals will housing and employment supports.  The estimated launch date for this project is January 2018.

  • Grays Harbor County hosted a community training March 13-14, 2017 on housing best practices Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Supported Employment (SE) for individuals experiencing homelessness, presented by nationally recognized consultants Advocates for Human Potential. The goal of this training and other future opportunities is to build our community capacity to implement these best practices – which have been demonstrated as effective and cost saving for the most vulnerable in our community. Materials from this training include:

  • The Department of Commerce has recently published "County Report Cards" to track and report housing outcomes by county.  Click here to view Grays Harbor's report card.  The county is pleased to be meeting or exceeding nationally-set benchmarks in a variety of categories and believes this information will be useful to review and communicate progress made on our 10-year Plan to End Homelessness.  The report card released this summer will reflect calendar year 2015 data, although for some measures data from other years may be included as a comparison. 

  • In May 2016, Grays Harbor County was awarded funding through the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative to provide training, technical assistance and a crucial housing inventory to further the work of the 10-year Plan. Read more about the grant and the next steps here.

For more information or to join the Housing Stakeholder Coalition contact Cassie Lentz, Housing Resource Coordinator, at (360) 500-4049 or clentz@co.grays-harbor.wa.us


The 10-year Plan to End Homelessness was approved in February 2016.

This plan is the product of a comprehensive process to understand the housing needs of Grays Harbor.

A dedicated committee of local housing providers gathered and analyzed data, identified areas of strength and weakness, learned what other communities like ours are doing to end homelessness, and recommended funding priorities for the next 10 years to our county commissioners.

Along the way, we gathered input from:

  • individuals experiencing homelessness

  • local housing providers, including landlords and local governments

  • law enforcement

  • churches and faith communities

  • schools

  • behavioral health and social service providers

This work is directed by the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act of 2005 and is funded by document recording fees.

The Homeless Housing and Assistance Act outlines requirements for both county governments and the State to address homelessness.  The Act requires county governments to develop local plans to end homeless and to update the plan every 5 years.

2005 10-year Plan to End Homelessness

2010 Update

For more information, contact Cassie Lentz at clentz@co.grays-harbor.wa.us