Snohomish County Council News - Brian Sullivan, District 2

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News from Brian Sullivan

August 2017

Brian Sullivan's eNewsletter


Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
 8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Robert Knoll, Legislative Aide

This month's eNewsletter focuses on our area's problem of homelessness and steps we are taking to combat this issue.  As always, I'm honored and humbled to represent you.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with your issues and concerns.

Embedded Socialworkers in Partnership with Everett Police Department



In 2015 an Interlocal Agreement between Snohomish County and the City of Everett was signed establishing an embedded social worker to work alongside City of Everett’s police force.  The goal of the program is to provide an alternative police response to those people with social service needs within the City of Everett.  The City of Everett established the Community Outreach and Enforcement Team (COET) that balances social outreach and relationship building, alongside criminal enforcement when necessary.

The Interlocal Agreement lists Objectives and Strategies of this program as follows:

  1. Establish better coordination and partnerships between social services and law enforcement.
  2. Improve response and provide better follow-up with the chronically homeless and individuals needing services
  3. Reduce the draw on police resources.
  4. Maintain data on how the Law Enforcement Embedded Social Worker is affecting those with social service needs in our region.
  5. Engage, motivate and support individuals in accessing services and making positive life changes.

The strategies to achieve these objectives include:

  • Providing outreach, engagement and liaison support to those people that are seen on a reoccurring basis.
  • Providing training to officers on social service resources.
  • Developing a procedure for identifying and screening people with social service needs.

What I love about this program is that social workers are able to help individuals navigate the often-complicated treatment and housing systems and get them in touch with resources they need, while allowing officers to focus on other criminal issues within the City of Everett.  Captain John DeRousse, who oversees the department’s community outreach efforts, had this to say, “We are acutely aware of the problem and know jail time will not lead to a lasting change for a portion of the people we encounter, so we’ve developed a flexible model to address the issues we’re seeing and to allow us to adjust to individual situations.”

The Embedded Social Worker program is effective.  I recommend taking a moment to read a few inspiring success stories here.

If you, or someone you know, are in need of services, please contact 2-1-1 for assistance or visit their website.

Community Resource Center & Temporary Housing Management in the Carnegie Building Request for Proposals



As reported in last months eNewsletter, the Carnegie Building, located at 3000 Oakes Avenue in Everett, will soon be acting as a Community Service Center, connecting individuals immediately upon release from jail with resources all in one place, reducing recidivism and easing the burden on the criminal justice and heath care systems.  The Snohomish County Office of Community and Homeless Services (OCHS) is requesting proposals from qualified agencies to operate a Community Resource Center and provide temporary housing to adults experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

The main floor of the building will house a variety of services by various qualified agencies and managed by a Resource Center Site Manager located on site.  The downstairs floor will offer secure, temporary housing for up to 90 days for approximately 20 individuals as needed.

Funding for this RFP is made available through Snohomish County from 1/10 of 1% Sales Tax Funds for Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Funds (Sales Tax).

To read more regarding this RFP and the services this building will provide see here.

Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program

Courtesy of Workforce Snohomish

Workforce Snohomish has received $277,511 to provide homeless Snohomish County veterans job training and support services to assist their reintegration into the American workforce. The Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), funded through the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service program, provides outreach and services to homeless veterans countywide. A comprehensive referral and support network has been established comprised of housing providers, local veterans groups, faith-based organizations, libraries, community colleges, and other community organizations. These funds along with existing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds will help assist individual’s transition into employment opportunities in the community.

Homeless veterans interested in services can contact Jon Frodema, Senior Program Navigator at

District 2 August Events

EVERETT - Sail In Cinema

Sail in


Summer Friday nights at the Port of Everett Marina just got better. Sail-in Cinema is a free, family-friendly outdoor movies series taking place at the Port’s Boxcar Park on Friday nights through August 25.

Sail-in Cinema guests will enjoy free admission to watch movies in the park or by boat in the available guest viewing slips at the Port’s adjacent North Docks. Show times vary each Friday night based on sunset to provide the best viewing experience.

Guest Information:
Whether watching by land or boat, be sure to pack blankets. Summer nights on the water can get a bit chilly. If viewing by land, feel free to bring low-back chairs. If viewing by boat, guest moorage is available at North Guest Docks 6 and 7 on a first come, first served basis. Boaters can access movie audio via a local radio frequency that will be made available at the beginning of each movie. For more information on guest moorage call 425.259.6001 or visit

Here is the Port of Everett’s 2017 Sail-in Cinema movie line-up:

Aug. 11: Field of Dreams, 8:50 p.m.
Aug. 18: Zootopia, 8:40 p.m.
Aug. 25: Top Gun, 8:25 p.m.

EVERETT - My Swirly Brain and Other Oddities



2017 Artist of the Year Gale Johansen brings her whimsical and detailed artwork to the Schack for this solo exhibition opening August 10.

On being selected as the Schack's 2017 Artist of the Year Johansen shared, "It is a great honor to follow in the footsteps of so many accomplished local artists and friends.  I am thrilled to be recognized by the Schack and promise a fun and exciting show."

Johansen's quirky sense of humor and off-center view of the world is evident in her art. The bright colors, whimsical figures, and wildly intricate patterns and textures she incorporates tell a unique story and offer the viewer a fresh perspective.

There is a message to be gleaned from each of her pieces - at times the title gives it away, and other times the viewer must interpret the action for themselves. Every inch of her work is fully thought out to convey the message and comes directly from the heart.

A Seattle native, Johansen has a degree from the Burnley School of Professional Art (known today as the Art Institute of Seattle) and later received a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Washington. In addition to the Schack Art Center, she has exhibited in many venues throughout the Northwest including Bellevue Art Museum, Lynnwood Arts Commission Gallery, Solovei Gallery, Lowell Art Works, Red Door Gallery, and Revolution Gallery.

Schack Art Center - August 10--September 9, 2017

M-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm

EVERETT - Tall Ships

Tall Ships


Lady Washington the official tall ship of Washington State and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Port of Everett on August 16-17, 2017 and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 1-800-200-5239 for tickets or information or click on the BUY TICKETS Button on our website.


August 16 (Wednesday)
Vessel Tours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($42-$49)

August 17 (Thursday)
Vessel Tours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($42-$49)

August 18 (Friday)
Passage: Everett to Edmonds Est. Trip Time: 4 hours ($79)

MUKILTEO - Farmers Market

farmers market

Nourishing The Community

The Mukilteo Farmers' Market is designed to bring together families, neighbors, visitors and local food producers to create a sense of community and social gathering, enhancing our quality of life and strengthening our economy. We strive to serve culturally and economically diverse populations, and to increase access to fresh, locally produced, nourishing and safe foods for all people including children, the elderly, and families with lower incomes.

August 16, 2017  3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Lighthouse Park

TULALIP - HCC Coastal Jam

Coastal Jam


Thursday, Aug. 24th | 6:00 PM



Event Location: Hibulb Longhouse

Join us at Hibulb for singing and dancing Coastal style with Antone George and the West Shore Canoe Family. All singers and drummers welcome.

This event is free.

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