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King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum: A community conversation about mental health and substance abuse

King County Executive Dow ConstantineAn estimated 600 community members joined 19 legislators at this year’s King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum: A Community Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Abuse at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall on November 8:

  • King County Executive Dow Constantine gave opening remarks, highlighting recent progress in our region and touching on the need to infuse substantive new funding to support the behavioral health system.
  • BHRD’s Jim Vollendroff discussed current issues in behavioral health care including ongoing system transformation and the need for sufficient resources to deliver responsive care.
  • Recovery Speaker Jay Scott
  • Washington Recovery Alliance executive director Lauren Davis gave a keynote address highlighting the power of recovery advocacy.
  • Danny Wills, Kyra Doubek, and Jay Scott shared very moving and triumphant personal stories of recovery.
  • The forum also facilitated meaningful, in-person dialogue between legislators and their constituents about recovery and behavioral health-related issues.

2018 Behavioral Health Legislative Priorities

Video of the forum program

Rep. Tina Orwall and ConstituentsThe forum is also set to be broadcast in its entirety several times by Seattle Channel, KCTV, and TVW, in late November and early December. ClearChannel 850-AM will also be broadcasting the forum on the radio as part of emcee Neil Scott’s Recovery Coast to Coast show.

2017 forum participants by the numbers:

  • About 600 community members
  • 19 state legislators
  • 29 total federal/state/county legislative offices represented
  • 13 legislators met informally with at least 115 constituents 

Recovery Speaker Danny WillsWashington State Legislators on stage

BHRD Director Jim VollendroffSen. Bob Hasegawa and ConstituentsRecovery Speaker Kyra Doubek

2017 Forum Co-Sponsors

The 21st Annual King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum is co-sponsored by:

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
All Home
ACRS
Ombuds
CCS
Chad's Legacy Project
Community Health Plan of Washington
Coordinated Care
Crisis Clinic
DESC
Facing Addiction
sm_Forefrontnew
Friends of Youth
KYFS
Behavioral Health Advisory Board
Many Minds
MultiCare Behavioral Health
NAMI Washington
NAMI Eastside
NAMI Seattle
Navos
Nexus
Peers of King County
PHS
PSCBW
Prevention WINS
at Seattle Children's Hospital
Recovery Cafe
ReWA
Ryther
Seadrunar
sm_SASGCC
Seattle Counseling
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
SIHB
Sound Mental Health
THS
Transitional Resources
United Healthcare
WASAVP
WRA
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