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In public comment, Blue Sky Minds lauded for serving students in need
Leadership training in Wenatchee with other NCW counties strengthening management teams
Resolution 2023-16 on procurement policy approved to comply with RCW, geared more to large public works projects than public health
Health Officer’s salary upped from $125 to $150/hour
Approval of $10,000 contract with Blue Sky Minds county hunger assessment tabled until group can present “deliverables” to board members
Health Officer’s report signals rising Covid and RSV rates, each totaling 4% of county hospitalizations; State reviewing what could have been done better in reaction to Covid, governor’s approach called “abrasive”
Brief discussion on tribal sovereignty; Cmm’r Branch says government not providing what they need
End of bookmobile in north a mental health worry
Long discussion on mental health crisis: decentralization, staff shortages, “ER becoming a mental health facility”; mental health nurse planned for jail
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