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    Jefferson Healthcare (JHC) holds a joint board meeting Thursday to present the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), an innovative collaboration between JHC and Jefferson County Public Health to identify and address the most critical health priorities in the county.

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    Thirty-five community members came together on June 14 to learn more about about mental health issues and substance abuse among the young in Jefferson County. The event staged at the Port Townsend Public Library was coordinated by Nikki Russell, United Good Neighbors (UGN) director of community engagement, as an opportunity for people to "share their perspectives and generate ideas for addressing the behavioral health needs of our youth."

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    Jefferson Healthcare may return a $1.5 million grant it was awarded to build a seven-bed inpatient psychiatric facility and instead, head in a less costly direction that involves two safe rooms and telepsychiatric consulting services. Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn told hospital commissioners April 20 that the cost of building a seven-bed unit would be $2 million–$2.5 million on top of the $1.5 million grant and result in annual income losses of $2 million.

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    Sheriff Dave Stanko said a new medical care services contract for jail inmates is “a great first step,” but fails in keeping the county's money within the county. “I am disappointed that [jail superintendent] Steve [Richmond] and I could not build a local cooperative to take care of our jail physical and mental health needs with local providers,” Stanko told the board of county commissioners March 14. “With Adam Marquis and Jefferson Mental Health and Jefferson Healthcare, and with other local doctors, I will continue to work for a local solution.”

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    Jefferson County residents who need inpatient mental health help may need to go no further than Jefferson Healthcare hospital thanks to a long-shot $1.509 million grant the system received from the state Department of Commerce. With the funding, the public hospital district could build a seven-bed inpatient psychiatric unit within the hospital. But that won't happen overnight. “As I shared with the board, this is a two-part project. The first is securing the grant,” said Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn. “The second part is finalizing a plan so we can assure the board and community of our ability to staff and operate a high-quality, sustainable unit."