Residents are being asked to complete the 2017 Shelton Community Substance Abuse Prevention Survey. According to officials, this survey collects local data for planning and helps confirm or refute Community and Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition assumptions. This is the fifth year of the survey designed by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to take a look at community social norms. The survey also asks what Shelton adults believe about youth substance use, collects baseline data for environmental strategies that target adult attitudes, and determines attitudes on law enforcement effectiveness, awareness, and public support.
Mason County Public Health is requesting proposals for mental health and chemical dependency sales and use tax. Todd Parker, Housing and Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, made the announcement during Tuesday’s Mason County Commission meeting.
Application materials can be found on the county’s website. For more information, contact Parker at 360-427-9670, 360-275-4467 or 360-482-5269, extension 293. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason County Health officials, in response to recent postings on social media, are assuring residents that the County’s drinking water is safe. There are several stories in social media about an E. coli outbreak in Mason County and concerned citizens have been contacting the Health Department to find out what is going on. A news release from Mason County Public Health states: “This is not correct, there is not an E. coli outbreak in all of Mason County.”
Mason County Continues to Move Forward!
Mason County, once again, has vaulted forward in the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps for 2016. Ranked as low as 37th out of 39 counties during the Rankings inception in 2010, the County has moved up to 29th in 2016. Since 2010, The Rankings have helped expand the conversation about the broad range of factors that impact a community’s overall health.
Craft3, a nonprofit community development financial institution,has supported the repair or replacement of more than 500 failing septic systems with the Clean Water Loan. These loans are available to residents in Mason County as repairing or replacing a septic system is costly and many owners are in danger of losing their property because they cannot obtain a loan or cover the costs out of pocket.
The levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) in shellfish continue to drop in the water in Hood Canal, but remain high in some species of shellfish. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has reopened the beaches from the Jefferson/Mason County line to just past Sisters Point to shellfish harvest except for Butter Clams and Varnish Clams. Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxin prior to distribution and should be safe to eat.
Mason County officials are considering charging property owners with onsite septic systems a yearly fee to help improve water quality in the County. The fee, which could be as much as $19.00, would fund Mason County Public Health’s proposed Sustainable Water Quality Program, the implementation of an Onsite Management Plan and the development of a Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) program. The goal would be to protect public health and the environment by minimizing the threat of surface and ground water contamination from failing or improperly designed, installed or maintained onsite sewage systems or potentially harmful animal keeping and land use practices.
This week, the week before Memorial Day, is designated as National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Formerly know as Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week, this will be the 11th year that the nation comes together to learn simple ways to ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. Allie Perline from Mason County Public Health and Human Services has more:
Mason County has plenty opportunities for water recreation with nealy 100 lakes and hundreds of miles of shoreline. For more information about healthy swimming, visit the Center for Disease Control’s Healthy Swimming website at www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming.