Commissioners Approve $856,458.10 for Public Safety Sales Tax Programs
 
Posted on Tuesday December 18, 2018
 
The Board of Commissioners approved funding in the amount of $856,458.10 from the Public Safety Sales Tax for the SARC Engagement Specialist and the Benton-Franklin Health District Nurse Family Partnership Program.
 
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December 18, 2018

Commissioners Approve $856,458.10 for Public Safety Sales Tax Programs
Kennewick, WA
– The Board of Commissioners approved funding in the amount of $856,458.10 from the Public Safety Sales Tax for the SARC Engagement Specialist and the Benton-Franklin Health District Nurse Family Partnership Program.

$247,120.00 for support, advocacy, & resource center (SARC) Engagement Specialist Position
Benton County has entered into a personal service agreement with Support, Advocacy, and Resource Center (SARC) for an Engagement Specialist position, to be located at the Benton Franklin Juvenile Justice Center and serve youth that are survivors of sex trafficking, in the total contract amount not to exceed $247,120.00 for 2019-2020. Benton County was approached by the Juvenile Administrator, Prosecuting Attorney, and SARC staff after the original Public Safety Sales Tax RFP had concluded to propose that this position be paid out of PSST. Currently, this role is filled by a part-time Juvenile staff member. SARC has agreed to have this position become part of their staff as a full-time position, still housed at Juvenile Justice Center, and provide services to youth that have been victims of sex trafficking. Funding will support staff costs, training, supplies and travel, and supervision of the position.

$609,338.10 for Benton-Franklin Health District Nurse Family Partnership
The Nurse Family Partnership program introduces vulnerable first-time parents to public health nurses, who deliver the support to new parents to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable, responsible parents, and provide their children with the best possible start in life. NFP has been recognized by a number of groups including the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as an Exemplary Model Program. The RAND Corporation has shown that for every dollar invested in NFP there is a long term return on investment of over five dollars as there is decreased crime and social service dependence for the highest risk clients. Funding continues to support resources for Public Health Nurses, Social Workers, supplies, travel, and training for the Benton County Nurse Family Partnership Program.

About Benton County
Benton County is located in south-central Washington. The county seat is located in Prosser, and its largest city is Kennewick. Benton County was created on March 8, 1905 and was named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Benton County operates under the plural executive form of government with three commissioners and seven other elected officials. Benton County has offices located in Prosser, Kennewick, and Richland. For more information, please visit our website. 

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