Grays Harbor County Commissioner Vickie Raines has been accepted onto the National Familiar Faces Leadership Network
Grays Harbor County Commissioner Vickie Raines has been accepted into the National Association of Counties network to expand data sharing efforts in the behavioral health and justice systems.
Grays Harbor Public Health tells KXRO that Commissioner Raines joins a select group of local officials in the inaugural cohort of the National Association of Counties’ Familiar Faces Leadership Network.
His appointment is said to be due to “his commitment to improving life outcomes for high-needs residents with complex behavioral health conditions.”
Jhe Familiar Faces Initiative (FFI): Improving Outcomes Through Coordinated Health and Justice Systems was launched in May this year by the National Association of Counties.
The initiative supports and empowers communities to share data across health and justice systems and coordinate care options for people with “complex health and behavioral health issues who frequently pass through prisons, shelters for the homeless, emergency services and other crisis services”.
Raines is currently Chairman of the Great Rivers Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization Board, Behavioral Health Crisis Services Administrator for Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties.
“I am thrilled to hear from many experts across the country how their criminal justice, behavioral health and other community services are working together to identify and provide comprehensive care to those who need it most,” Raines said. . “We look forward to applying the lessons learned to improve our work with local partners to better serve Grays Harbour.”
Grays Harbor County Public Health Healthy Places Manager Cassie Lentz will provide staff support to Commissioner Raines.
Lentz currently manages Public Health’s Homeless Housing, Behavioral Health and Health Equity programs and works to coordinate Grays Harbor local plans to address homelessness and affordable housing, analysis behavioral health gaps and programs in the prison health care system.
“The Familiar Faces initiative is a great opportunity to build on the progress we’ve made at Grays Harbor through our Community Partner Coalition, Housing Stakeholder Coalition and Jail System of Care,” said Lentz. “Collecting, sharing, and evaluating data is critical to targeting system-level interventions for the most vulnerable clients who typically go through a variety of programs with no positive outcome.”
As participants in the Familiar Faces Leadership Network, Lentz and Raines will engage with other elected officials across the country who are making similar efforts in their jurisdictions. They will participate in peer-to-peer site visits to communities with model data-sharing practices and receive technical assistance from FFI’s advisory board members.
Local leaders participating in this network represent jurisdictions ranging in size and geographic location from the city of Issaquah, with a population of 38,000, to Contra Costa County, California, with a population of 1.2 million. .
- Supervisor Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County, California.
- Commissioner Adriann Barboa, Bernalillo County, NM
- President Carlo Esqueda, Dane County, Wis.
- Commissioner Wendy Jacobs, County Durham, North Carolina
- Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex County, Mass.
- Commissioner Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County, Oregon.
- Mayor Mary Lou Pauly, Issaquah, Wash.
- Commissioner Vickie Raines, Grays Harbor County, Wash.
- Commissioner Shannon Reid, Douglas County, Kan.
- Board Member Susan Schafer, McLean County, Illinois.
- Commissioner Janet Thompson, Boone County, Mo.
- Mayor Jenny Wilson, Salt Lake County, Utah
- County Executive David Zook, Cache County, Utah
To learn more about the Familiar Faces Initiative, visit familiarfaces.naco.org.