Services to Needy Residents Remain Unharmed
 
Posted on Friday February 08, 2019
 
Benton County Commissioners have continued to discuss the feasibility of dissolving the bi-county Benton and Franklin Counties Department of Human Services, the outcome of which would create two independent Human Services departments, one in each County.
 
SERVICES TO NEEDY RESIDENTS REMAIN UNHARMED
February 8, 2019

Kennewick, WA – Benton County Commissioners have continued to discuss the feasibility of dissolving the bi-county Benton and Franklin Counties Department of Human Services, the outcome of which would create two independent Human Services departments, one in each County.

Impact to Services
Any prospective separation of the Human Services Department would not be to the detriment any services provided to veterans, the homeless community, or other needy residents of Benton or Franklin Counties. Rather, a separation of the current bi-county department would provide each county with the opportunity to increase and/or improve the quality and number services provided to their local communities.

Some of these populations are already in the process of receiving increased services; Benton County is currently in the process of establishing a veterans court that would rehabilitate and restore veterans that are currently in or entering the criminal justice system as active, contributing members of our community. This program addresses the underlying causes of the veteran’s behavior and/or substance abuse issues and provides treatment plans to address them. 

The Human Services Department also provides services and coordinates community resources for needy populations including veterans, the homeless, developmentally disabled, and individuals with behavioral health issues. They also administer local, state, and federal grant funds for Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Coalitions for substance prevention and awareness in Pasco, Kennewick, and Kiona-Benton City School Districts.

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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Contact: Shyanne Faulconer
Communications Coordinator   
Shyanne.Faulconer@co.benton.wa.us 
509-222-3760
 
 
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