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Nov. 15, 2023

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  • As temperatures drop, make sure you are doing all you can to stay safe.
  • We are keeping a close eye on Congress and a possible government shutdown.
  • You only have 1 week to register for our first teen Mental Health First Aid Winter Summit!


Stay safe during cold temperatures!

When you’re exposed to the extreme cold, frostbite and hypothermia can happen. Stay safe and prevent cold-related emergencies. Remember to:

  • Wear a hat, gloves, and layer clothing.
  • Drink plenty of warm fluids or warm water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Stay active to maintain body heat.
  • Take frequent breaks from the cold.

Learn more tips on how to stay safe at

We continue to keep our eye on Congress

We were thankful to see Congress avoid a federal government shutdown at the end of September. We also continue to watch this situation closely as the Nov. 17 deadline approaches.

  • This can be a difficult and frustrating time for our community and staff. We’ve also been through situations like this before and are dusting off our previous contingency plans to be prepared.
  • We receive 11 percent of our funding from the federal government.
  • If Congress does not pass a budget and we need to issue temporary reduced hours or layoffs, we will follow our Collective Bargaining Agreement. We previously bargained rules for a temporary response to a federal or state fiscal emergency.
  • We are preparing to avoid gaps in services for the community and to staff.

Questions? Email Ingrid Payne at

Register today to join our first teen Mental Health First Aid Summit!

Want to learn what’s happening to support the mental well-being of our teens in Pierce County? Register by Nov. 22 to join our first teen Mental Health First Aid Summit on Nov. 29, 2023, from 3-6 p.m. You’ll:

  • Hear valuable insights from our instructor ambassadors and student leaders about the Pierce County teen Mental Health First Aid program.
  • Participate in a collaborative workshop session.
  • Learn how you can advance this program in Pierce County high schools.
  • Recognize the school districts leading the way in implementing this program in our community.

Support teen mental health in our community! Questions? Email Courtney Chandler

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