Care & Closure September 2023 Newsletter

Care and Closure

September 2023 Care & Closure Monthly Newsletter

A Message from our Care & Closure Project Team

Care & Closure: a plan for youth healing, accountability, and community safety. This is King County’s effort to expand community-based alternatives to secure youth detention and close the youth detention center – centered on youth well-being and care, accountability, and community safety. We share project updates and upcoming opportunities to be involved in the effort each month. 

Flyer for upcoming listening sessions on October 7 for folks who identify as experienced harm

Share Your Voice 

We are excited to share another listening session opportunity with our community! DCHS has partnered with Cocreative Culture to host a day of listening sessions focused on uplifting the perspectives of folks who have have experienced harm in King County. 

The sessions will take place on Saturday, October 7 from 12 to 3 pm at Highline College in Des Moines, and participants will be provided a $50 VISA gift card as a thank you for their participation.  

If you are interested in participating, please call or text (206) 476-0754 or email Providence at Help us spread the word to others who might be interested. Find more information on the event flyer

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Join the Advisory Committee Meeting

Mark your calendar for our next Advisory Committee this Monday, September 25 from 4 to 5:30 pm. The meeting will be virtual and open to the public. You can find more information about the meeting and previous meetings on the Care & Closure website 

The Advisory Committee has launched subcommittees to bring in more unique perspectives to this work and focus on developing recommendations. The subcommittees are centered on three elements of this work:  

  • Identifying alternatives to secure youth detention and placements  
  • Strengthening community infrastructure  
  • Engaging impacted communities 

We are still seeking impacted youth, family members, and harmed community members to be part of the subcommittees and use their experiences to shape the recommendations. You can express your interest through our Care & Closure Subcommittee Interest Form, and community members can receive $50/hour compensation for participating. 

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Find Us in Community 

It’s back-to-school season, and we have been out and about at several community resource fairs! We love seeing youth and families get connected to our incredible community partners. Stop by our table and learn about community resources at the upcoming community events:  

We will also be tabling and attending the Center for Children and Youth Justice’s (CCYJ) LINC Conference on Friday, September 29. Learn more about this great professional learning opportunity for those serving youth in King County on the CCYJ website 

Do you know of other community events that we should attend? Let us know!  

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Follow Us on Instagram

Do you follow the King County Department of Community & Human Services (DCHS) Instagram account You can check out posts about our work there! Follow DCHS to stay informed. 

Catch Up on Our Interim Progress Report

Last month, we highlighted our interim progress report on Care & Closure and how it details how we are imagining a more robust continuum of care to meet the needs of youth and their families. You can check out the Care & Closure Initiative: Executive Summary and dive into the Care & Closure Initiative: Full Report.

The King County Council’s Law, Justice, Health, and Human Services Committee will discuss the report on Tuesday, October 3 at 9:30 am. You can find information about the committee and tune into the discussion 

Help Others Get Connected 

Please share this monthly newsletter to anyone you think might be interested in learning about this effort! To stay up to date: 

Do you have any questions or want to get involved in this project? Reach out to us via email! 

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