King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board
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.
BylawsBylaws have been established for the new Behavioral Health Advisory Board.
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 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.
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
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.
Lauren 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.
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.
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.
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.