The King County Council last week approved a proposal to allocate $5 million in Mental Illness and Drug Dependency funds to help and support young people with mental and behavioral health conditions. The measure was sponsored by King County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Girmay Zahilay and Reagan Dunn.

The funding will be split into two main areas, both putting priority on youth services: $2 million will go to behavioral health providers with prioritization of school-based services, mental health first aid for youth, and suicide prevention for youth. The remaining $3 million will fund behavioral health providers, prioritizing children and youth behavioral health services providers, by using levy funds to adjust the amounts of their existing contracts to account for increased costs such as the effects of inflation.

The King County MIDD is a countywide 0.1% sales tax generating nearly $70 million annually.