Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

Program helps connect Mason County


March 17, 2022

Matt Baide

Gethsemane Ministries' Jeff Frizzell and Jason Simchen, Mason County Behavioral Health Transportation Program Coordinator Jamie Ellertsen, and Patty Wagon's Leela Stoner, Patty Perry and Lisa Geeslin stand in front of the Patty Wagon van on March 10.

Mason County covers slightly more than 1,000 square miles and medical services aren't a short drive away for most people. That's where the Behavioral Health Transportation program is stepping in to provide a ride to those who need it.

After being approved at the Feb. 1 Mason County commissioners meeting, the program is new, having started officially about two weeks ago. According to the information packet, the program is set up to transport people to services such as inpatient, detox, medical appointments, bus stations, jail re-entry, court dates and other needed recovery support services...

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