What's the MIDD?
On November 13, 2007, the King County Council voted to enact a one-tenth of one cent sales tax, known as the county’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) service improvement plan, to generate approximately $53 million per year for programs and services for people living with mental health conditions and chemical dependency. The programs stabilize those suffering from these conditions, diverting them from jails and emergency rooms to treatment programs. Find out more about the MIDD.
The current MIDD tax expires at the end of 2016. That’s where the County's Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) II Service Improvement Plan and you come in.
The draft Service Improvement Plan is the County's blueprint for MIDD II. It describes a range of services, improvements, and changes planned for MIDD II. It includes preliminary information about each of the initiatives recommended for funding, as well as modest changes to recommended funding amounts for most initiatives in light of updated revenue projections.
What does all this mean?
You have the opportunity to communicate how you want tax dollars to be spent on behavioral health in our county. While the MIDD plan is still subject to changes from the County Executive and County Council, our representatives are taking community input very seriously. Your voice matters.
What can you do?