Charter

Vision
To influence a healthy and safe lifestyle for the residents of Grays Harbor County.

Mission
Provide compassionate and equitable opportunities that will prevent and reduce Opioid Used Disorder (OUD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD), improve health behaviors through education, environment, food security, employment, and harm reduction, with increased access to all social determinants of health services.

Purpose
The purpose of Grays Harbor County Consortium is to influence healthy behaviors with supportive resources and tools, that will lead to a decrease in substance and opioid use disorders. Successful and sustainable implementation of these efforts is through continued and expanded membership that addresses chronic disease and social determinates of health for a holistic approach in the recovery process for those with OUD/SUD. Grays Harbor Communities continue to have significant barriers that contribute to a poor health ranking of 37 out of 39 (2020 ranking) in the State of WA. Steady unemployment rates continue to impact equitable access to healthcare, housing, food, and transportation. Increasing cycle of generational OUD/SUD with poor health behaviors continue to negatively affect the youth and our community’s health and economics

Scope-Pillars of Work
Pillars of work will engage the community through inclusive activities that will educate and provide stigma reduction.

Pillar of WorkWho/WhatHow-Actionable Item
OUD/SUDAdults and YouthProvide current community resources and tools in prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction.
YouthOUD/SUD, Mental Health, Education, Food Security, Health (Asthma, Obesity)Activities that will influence healthy behaviors that will break the generational cycle of SUD/OUD.
Justice and EMSTherapeutic Court Family, Adult, and Youth, EMS- Law Enforcement, 911 Crisis, OUD/SUDDevelop relationships with law enforcement agencies and first responders. Provide support in their work through shared education, resources and tools.
Chronic DiseaseHeart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, ObesityProvide self-management training, resources, educate.
Social Determinates of HealthAccess to Health Care, Housing, Food, Employment, Built EnvironmentActivities to increase equitable access with educational resources and tools that will improve current state of our communities.

Governance Guidelines
Any changes to these governing guidelines are to be voted upon by a super majority quorum of at least 50% of the members and receive a 75% approval vote to pass.

Membership
The members of the Consortium are recognized through the signing of a memorandum of understanding outlining the organization’s commitment to increasing collaboration. To qualify for formal membership, one must represent an organization that is directly or indirectly impacting one or more of the pillars of work. Membership provides each organization one vote in any decision-making capacity, opportunity to be lead in funding applications that will contribute to the Consortium purpose and scope of work. Withdrawing membership can be completed at any time in writing to the Consortium Chair or Vice Chair.

Meetings
The monthly meetings (in person and/or virtual) and work of the consortium is open to the public to further support collaborative efforts. All general members are encouraged to expand membership that will strengthen efforts of all work having a positive impact in our work.

Officers
The Consortium will select and vote to confirm the following officers:

  • Chair – Responsible for executive oversight of the Consortium and ensuring that the meetings are being facilitated and agendas are in place.
  • Vice-Chair – Responsible for executive oversight of the Consortium and ensuring that the meetings are being facilitated and agendas are in place.
  • Facilitator– Responsible for facilitation of meetings, coordination of collaborative efforts, documentation of Consortium activities, membership, administrative support.

Each of these duties can be delegated as appropriate, but the responsibility remains with the selected individual. Each position will be selected through a majority vote of a meeting with a quorum. Each position will serve one year of which the start and end is to be determined by the Consortium. Should a vacancy exist a replacement will serve out the term for the vacancy and be voted in the same outlined process.

Limitations
The Consortium is not a legal entity and cannot enter contracts independently. All contracts or other binding agreements must be entered into by each organization and/or their representative as individual entities. Consortium decisions are non-binding. Any decision made by the group are entered into voluntarily by each member and their respected organization. The Consortium is a voluntary collaboration effort, it does not fall under the laws for public meetings, records, or disclosure, nor is it required to follow any formal rules of order, except to the extent that the individual members must adhere to their own organizational governing guidelines.

Voting
A quorum will consist of any meeting with at least 33% of the formal members, and all decisions will be decided by a simple majority. Should a tie take place the vote will be suspended until the next quorum can meet and revote.

Funding
The Consortium will not establish a 501c-3 status unless membership has identified the need for such filing and has agreed to through majority vote. Consortium is not to have internal mechanisms for managing funds unless 501c-3 status is obtained then charter will be updated to appropriately reflect necessary guidance.
Fiscal sponsorship of the consortium is provided by Summit Pacific Medical Center.

Associations
One or more individuals may be appointed by an officer to represent the Consortium at other meetings or events. These individuals are to be well versed in the Consortium and are to serve as liaisons representing the Consortium’s interests.

Disclaimer
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Legal
Should any part of this document be determined to violate federal, state, or local law(s), the law is to supersede this document, but only the part in which this document is in violation of the law, and all other provisions are to remain intact. These violations are to be presented to the officers for edits to comply to the law as soon as reasonably possible.

Measurable Outcomes

  • Number of cities or towns receiving services through consortium members.
  • Number of residents receiving services through consortium members.
  • Gap and Opportunity Analysis Quarterly, Yearly.
  • Yearly impact statements for each of the pillars of work.
  • Number of members-new and ongoing.
  • Number of resources utilized for outreach and the number of communities reached.
  • Sustainability planning.
  • Success Stories quarterly.
  • Number of equitable process identified, implemented, and policies created.
  • Increase the number of schools participating in the HYS.
  • Increase number of peer-to-peer support for adults and or youth.
  • Number of case management opportunities for OUD/SUD, Chronic Disease services, SDOH, Youth.
  • Number of housing, employment opportunities.
  • Number of built environment opportunities.
  • Number of grant opportunities, supportive MOUs.
  • Coordination of care for individuals returning to the community from County Jails and WA Prisons.

View the full Charter here.