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Overview

The King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board is a volunteer citizen board newly formed in April 2016 in support of the new Behavioral Health Organization (BHO). It reviews services for the King County BHO - mental health and substance use disorder services - to provide input and counsel to King County on priorities, policies, budgets and programs for the residents of King County. The board works to promote the importance of prevention, treatment, recovery and the de-stigmatization of mental illness and addiction.

The board was created in RCW 71.24.300 and is recognized in King County Code 2.32.010. The board reviews services in the public mental health system and provides feedback about how the system could be made better. Board responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and providing comments on plans and policies
  • Local oversight on activities of the BHO including service delivery and outcomes
  • Reviewing and approving recommendations from subcommittees
  • Providing information to the residents of King County on system change issues
  • Promoting de-stigmatization of mental illness and addiction
  • Legislative advocacy related to behavioral health, including identifying and promoting issues of importance in prevention, treatment and recovery
  • Serving as liaison between service provider boards, Chief Executive Officers, and clients.

Bylaws

Bylaws have been established for the new Behavioral Health Advisory Board. 

Composition

The board is made up of a 15 volunteer members. The law requires that the Board be broadly representative of the diverse populations that live in the county and of the persons served by the public behavioral health system. Representation from King County’s rich ethnic and cultural diversity is actively sought. People with a lived experience with mental illness or substance use disorders now in recovery and family members of people who have received services in the public behavioral health system must make up at least 51% of the Board. The Board also strives to achieve broad countywide representation. Length of term is three years, which is renewable. 

Meet the new Behavioral Health Advisory Board (bottom of page).

Meetings

Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the King County Chinook Building located at 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle WA, 98104, in a first floor conference room. Meetings are open to the public.

Membership

We are not recruiting at this time. Please check back again for opportunities in the future. 

Sam Porter, Board Liaison
401 5th Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
206-263-9206
samantha.porter@kingcounty.gov

Prior King County Boards

Both the previous Mental Health Advisory Board and the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board were disbanded the end of March 2016 as the new Behavioral Health Advisory Board was activated with the implementation of the Behavioral Health Organization on April 1, 2016. 

The Next Board Meeting will be:

Thursday, April 6
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at

The Chinook Building
401 5th Avenue, Rooms 121-123

Agenda for April 6, 2017 will be posted when it becomes available.

Board Members

Lauren-DavisLauren Davis resides in Council District 1.She is the project director for Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, a University of Washington-based nonprofit organization. Her strong passion for the behavioral health field stems from the loss of a childhood friend to suicide and the two-year struggle of another dear friend in King County’s public mental health and chemical dependency systems. Lauren also serves on the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition. After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Ethnic Studies, she spent two years in Ghana as a Fulbright Fellow researching access to education for the urban poor. Prior to joining Forefront, Lauren worked as an international development consultant at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Davis served on the King County Mental Health Advisory Board since 2013, and the King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board since 2014.

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Lauren Dickinson, MSW, LICSW, resides in Council District 4. She is a Social Work Coordinator at Swedish Medical Center. In this role, Lauren provides oversight and support to nurse case managers, social workers, and case management associates providing discharge planning, chemical dependency, and mental health services. Lauren has worked in a variety of behavioral health and medical settings, including emergency departments, acute medical facilities, a youth residential treatment facility, an in-home counseling program, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Lauren was drawn to the field of mental health treatment and advocacy at a young age due to family experiences with mental illness.

Nancy-DowNancy Dow resides in Council District 6. She has served as a peer support specialist at Harborview Mental Health and Addictions Services (HMHAS) for 16 years. In that role, she has provided a full range of mental health services and developed the evidence-based “Illness Management & Recovery” program at HMHAS. Since 2013, Nancy has worked on the Harborview Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in the Peer Bridger Program, providing peer support and recovery services and short-term follow-up support after discharge from the hospital to reduce or prevent future hospitalizations. She also trains psychiatric inpatient staff in Trauma Informed Care and other recovery-related topics, and presents at statewide conferences. Nancy has represented peer and provider interests on the King County Mental Health Advisory Board since 2004, serving as Chair of the Board twice, and representing the Board on the MIDD Oversight Committee. She enjoys gardening, photography, do-it-yourself home projects, volunteering, and providing sound services for community musical theater.
Alicia-GlenwellAlicia Glenwell resides in Council District 9. She has been a volunteer, advocate, activist, trainer, planner, and manager in the domestic violence movement since 2003. As the chemical dependency, domestic violence, mental health, and sexual assault systems coordinator for the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence (formerly the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence), Alicia builds communication and collaboration within and between systems that affect survivors of domestic violence. Prior to her work with the Coalition, Alicia was the director of community programs at the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN). She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington. Ms. Glenwell served as a member of the King County Mental Health Advisory Board since 2010.
Kristin-HouserKristin Houser ​resides in Council District 2. She is an attorney at the Seattle law firm Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, which represents individuals in personal injury, disability, and employment claims. Prior to working at the firm, she was an attorney at Evergreen Legal Services in Seattle, specializing in public benefits programs. Her more recent work has included representing Governor Christine Gregoire in the national litigation regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. She served on the board of Harborview Medical Center for twelve years and currently serves on the University of Washington Medicine Behavioral Health Steering Committee. She is also a founder of the free Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza. She chaired the King County Mental Health Advisory Board from 2013-2015. Kristin is married to retired King County Superior Court Judge Steve Scott; they have two grown children.
Mary Ann LaFazia resides in Council District 8. She has a master’s degree in social work and has spent over 40 years in public social services, child welfare services, and substance use disorder treatment and prevention with an emphasis on evaluation and research. She has been the project director for several major research and demonstration studies. She has worked to expand prevention research on the risk reduction and protection enhancement framework related to youth problem behaviors, and to develop the Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention System. Upon retirement from state services, she provided technical assistance to states around substance abuse prevention issues. Ms. LaFazia previously served on the King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board since 2010.
Krystal-LivingstonKrystal Livingston ​resides in Council District 7. She works at Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation as an adult & parent peer specialist. She is driven by a passion to serve, as well as to break the stigma regarding mental health within our diverse community of adults, children, and families. Krystal has worked in various positions supporting and assisting adults, youth and family, and has an AAS degree in Human Services from Highline College. Krystal is a survivor of trauma and abuse, and is the mother of children living with learning and developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, and mental health challenges. She is an advocate for those who share similar challenges. Krystal enjoys singing; theater; time spent with her family, friends, and church; reading; cooking; baking; and time alone by the water.
Reza-Hosseini-GhomiReza Hosseini Ghomi ​resides in Council District 2. He came to the field of behavioral health through his experiences as a cancer survivor and informed by a holistic view of health. He is most driven to promote equitable and empowering access to health, especially for underserved populations. Reza decided to train in psychiatry at the University of Washington due to their leadership in expanding access to behavioral health services through primary care integration. Previously, he went to medical school at University of Massachusetts Medical School, worked as an engineer for a US Navy contract, attended graduate school for biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and pursued a graduate fellowship in medical imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. Reza enjoys teaching and mentoring, and is also passionate about nutrition, fitness, yoga, mindfulness, and adventures in the outdoors with family and friends.
Pat-GodfreyPat Godfrey resides in Council District 7.  He retired from the Washington State Senate in 2001 after serving nearly nineteen years as senior staff coordinator for the Senate Republican Caucus. He actively participated in reforming Washington state’s welfare system. and served as Senior Policy Staff for the Ranking Member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Pat also served as northwest regional director, and western state’s public affairs director, for the National Association of Manufacturers. As a private political consultant, he managed or consulted to numerous corporations, organizations and political campaigns.  Prior to that, Pat served as the director of public affairs for the Hawaii Medical Association.  He was a Tahitian drummer and dancer in Honolulu, Hawaii. Pat served on the King County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Administrative Board for eight years, including the last two as Chair. He has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Margery Southworth Godfrey, for 37 years.
Katelyn-MorgaineKatelyn Morgaine, J.D., CPC, resides in Council District 1.  Ms. Morgaine has worked at Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) since 2012, first as a Peer Specialist at the Crisis Solutions Center, and now a mental health case manager in outpatient.  Katelyn previously worked as a civil litigation attorney in the Seattle area from 1994 to 2012.  She has served as a volunteer attorney with Seattle Community Law Center’s Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project, where she assisted homeless individuals obtain social security disability benefits, and with the King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project, where she provided legal advice to clients facing eviction.  Katelyn served on the King County Mental Health Advisory Board since 2013.

 

Dan-NelsonSergeant Dan Nelson resides in Council District 8. He is responsible for day-to-day operations and community-driven implementation of the Seattle Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. In his role as the CIT Coordinator, Sergeant Nelson serves as the community liaison and primary point of contact for the program, for law enforcement, and for other community partnerships within Seattle. As one of many duties, he participates in developing and providing CIT training to sustain the program at both the Department and state levels. He served on the King County Mental Health Advisory Board since 2015.



Kathryn-ObermeyerKathryn Obermeyer , B.S.N., resides in Council District 2.  She is a retired registered nurse who has worked in nursing education, transplant, and biotechnology studies.  She has also worked as a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital and in a private hospital setting, and as a volunteer jail counselor at the Cowlitz County jail.  Since retirement, she has been active with Immanuel Community services and served as board president from 2008 through 2012.  Supporting the homeless while working toward ending homelessness are important goals for her.  She is passionate about improvement of the behavioral health system, as she has two close immediate family members who struggle with mental illness and obtaining services.  Ms. Obermeyer served as a member of the King County Mental Health Advisory Board since 2015.
Melody-Starkey

Melody Starkey resides in Council District 8. She is a counselor/case manager and grant manager for the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Northwest Indian Treatment Center. She has worked in the field of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for over 11 years in a number of capacities including counseling, case management, grant facilitation and management, support staff, supervisor, and educator. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and is currently working on a master’s in science degree. Ms. Starkey is in long-term recovery, and her lived experience with behavioral health issues keeps her motivated to give back to the recovery community and the community at large. She is also a member of the Washington Recovery Alliance.

Ryan-TateishiRyan Tateishi 

​ MS, RN-BC, resides in Council District 4. He is a board certified psychiatric registered nurse at Harborview Medical Center. In this capacity, he assists a chemical dependency professional with facilitation of substance abuse recovery groups. He also completed the University of Washington Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Resident Training Program and facilitates DBT groups. Ryan works towards improving patient outcomes as a member of Harborview’s Unit Practice Council and Professional Development Council.

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