North Bend City Council Helps Expand Behavioral Health Support for Local Youth

The North Bend City Council recognizes that a healthy community is one that invests in a variety of services that support its residents.

The city has selected three local nonprofit organizations providing direct aid for youth to receive a total of $150,000 of funding from the 2023 ARPA funding cycle.

Encompass NW, Friends of Youth, and Empower Youth Network will use these funds to support and sustain a variety of programs for youth from elementary to high school. 

  • Encompass will use the funding to provide full-day mental health counseling at North Bend Elementary and Opstad Elementary, the two Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) elementary schools in North Bend.
  • Friends of Youth will use the funding to provide case management and counseling services for youth to support access to care and to deliver outpatient services to those who are unable to afford it. In addition, the organization will provide parenting groups that support communication.
  • Empower Youth Network will use the funding to provide suicide prevention training for youth-to-youth engagement and training related to stress and depression. In addition, the organization will use the funding to grow #BeKindSV, a program dedicated to supporting and reinforcing a positive school climate.

“These funds represent a once-in-a-generation investment in our community,” commented Mayor McFarland. “Council’s approval of this portion of the ARPA spending plan provides an exciting opportunity to strategically invest in organizations that have an incredible impact on the long-term health of our residents.”

[Information provided by the City of North Bend]

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