As part of a community wide effort to improve the health and well-being of Whatcom County children, the Whatcom Nurse-Family Partnership is a program that pairs a first-time pregnant woman with a public health nurse who regularly visits the home to support the family until the child is two years old. The program engages vulnerable first-time mothers to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve child health and development, and improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family. The Health Department began implementing the program in 2012.
The Food Safety Program is responsible for permitting and inspecting retail food establishments in Whatcom County such as restaurants, caterers, grocery stores, school cafeterias and mobile food vendors. The Food Safety Program also permits and inspects farmer's markets, temporary food events and soup kitchens.
The vision and goal of the behavioral health tax fund is to develop a comprehensive infrastructure of behavioral health care to provide effective recovery oriented services in the community and provide interventions that divert individuals with behavioral health from the criminal justice system to more appropriate options of care.
The behavioral health sales tax fund is used to support programs within the community that provide a wide variety of services. Programs and services that receive funding range from substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion to housing support services and therapeutic court programs. Other services supported by the fund include the jail behavioral health and reentry program, juvenile court services, and community mental health services for individuals that would otherwise not have access to the support.
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