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Behavioral Health Navigator Program

The mission of the Behavioral Health Navigator program is to assist the Kitsap community with connection to treatment, resources, and services during and after contact with first responders. The goal is to increase overall health and well-being of the community by providing individuals with resources that do not require an emergency service response.

behavioral health handsBehavioral Health Navigators engage with individuals and their support networks to connect them to resources and social services. They facilitate and coordinate services for individuals across all involved systems of care including Designated Crisis Responders, mental health and chemical dependency counselors, housing providers, etc.

Our current Behavioral Health Navigator program is conducted in conjunction with the Poulsbo Police Department and functions under a regional model for service.

Meet our Behavioral Health Navigator

Melissa Stern has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Chico. She has spent her career working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with youth and adults with developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, and mental health conditions. She is a certified CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention Instructor.

Evolution of the Behavioral Health Navigator Program

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Links and Resources



Medical, Dental, Health Insurance Assistance:

Domestic Violence:

24/7 Crisis Line: 1-888-910-0416

Youth Crisis Line (13-25): text “HELP” to 360-377-5560

LIFELINE Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE OR 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


​LIFELINE Text: You can text "HEAL" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741



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