Norma has been an effective advocate for prioritizing public safety dollars and protecting services to our most vulnerable. She has been honored to receive the support of many individuals and organizations in the public safety and mental health community who know her determined commitment to keeping our communities safe while serving our most vulnerable with dignity.
In 2017/2018, working with her colleague from the 21st District, she co-led the House development of the mental and behavioral health portion of the Capital Budget. Working with a bi-partisan group of legislators from both the operating and capital budgets and both chambers, they crafted a historic investment of $180 million across the continuum of care and across the state to more effectively address the challenges while casting a vision for robust community care.
The 10th District and our five county region greatly benefited from Rep. Smith’s leadership. In 2016, she met with representatives of the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization (NSBHO) which includes Island, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom and San Juan counties, encouraging them to speak with one voice and bring to the table a prioritized list of the greatest facility needs for our region. Working collaboratively, Smith was a tireless advocate, and in the 2017/2018 budget, all projects which were ready to break ground were funded. More than twenty-two million in infrastructure will provide desperately needed facilities for those in our communities who need services:
|Tri-Counties Detox and Crisis Center||$4 million (Oak Harbor)|
|(NSBHO) Denney Youth Center||$5 million|
|(NSBHO) Substance Use Disorder Intensive Treatment||$5 million|
|Bellingham Acute Detox||$2 million|
|Bellingham Mental Health Triage||$5 million|
|North Sound Stabilization Campus Sedro-Woolley)||$1.5 million, and also|
|Skagit Hospital Triage Expansion||$326 thousands|
“I remain committed to being your advocate, giving you my best, everyday.
You deserve nothing less.”