What funding is available for proposed projects in the Implementation Plan?

The various services, facilities, and oversight projects outlined in the Implementation Plan will need to be matched to applicable funding types. Some of the funding is in progress or likely while other sources still need to be identified in order to fill gaps. 

Funding Source

How It Can Be Spent

Proposed new sales tax

1/3 must go to Criminal Justice, 2/3 for anything, including the proposed Implementation Plan

State funds

Behavioral Health and Housing facility capital costs (crisis relief and stabilization centers) 

County Behavioral Health Fund

Any behavioral health purpose, including Therapeutic Courts, school prevention, community behavioral health services, psychiatric services in the jail, GRACE program. 


Healthcare, including behavioral health  services, outside the jail (reimbursement rates are limited) 

North Sound Behavioral Health ASO

State and Federal funding for regional behavioral health facilities and services, crisis services, involuntary commitment, co-responder program

Local housing funds

Affordable Housing, rental assistance, shelter and related services  

General Fund and existing sales tax

Supports operating costs for existing jail and Work Center

Read about funding possibilities in the Implementation Plan

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1. What's in the Justice Project Implementation Plan?
2. Who is guiding the work of the Justice Project?
3. What is the timeframe for proposed projects in the draft Implementation Plan?
4. How is the work of the current Justice Project different than previous efforts and ballot measures?
5. How will the public be informed about progress toward implementation plan projects and goals? How will the county be transparent in tracking progress?
6. How can community members provide feedback, ask questions, and offer input on the Justice Project and Implementation Plan?
7. What funding is available for proposed projects in the Implementation Plan?
8. What efforts have already been made to increase and enhance services for substance use disorder, mental health, and emergency response in Whatcom County?
9. What incarceration prevention and reduction strategies are being implemented?
10. How are people with lived experience and BIPOC communities involved in this process?
11. Who will provide oversight for Implementation projects?
12. What is the plan for replacing the jail?
13. Will funding a new jail and behavioral health center limit or reduce funding for substance use disorder, mental health, and other wraparound services?
14. Who is in the Whatcom County Jail, and why are they in jail?
15. Why are people in the jail pretrial?
16. Can the County eliminate bail?
17. What criteria are used to determine jail size, and how many beds are being proposed?
18. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each proposed location for a new jail and behavioral health and treatment facility?
19. What are the cost estimates for all the proposed facilities?
20. How was money from the 2004 tax (ballot measure) spent?