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Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services

Department of Community and Human Services

Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
Chinook Building
401 Fifth Ave., Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Jim Vollendroff, Dir.
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Phone:  206-263-9000
Fax:   206-296-5260
TTY:   711 Relay Service

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Department: Community and Human Services
Adrienne Quinn, Director

King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board

Board Overview

King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board recommends policies and programs to King County that will ensure the availability and accessibility of alcohol and substance abuse services, including prevention, intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation. It is recognized by RCW 70.96A.320 (2) and King County Code 2.32.11. Board responsibilities include the following roles:

  • Developing the annual Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Plan for King County, as required by State law including:
    • Providing goals and objectives in the initial phase of the planning process.
    • Reviewing all requests for funds for alcoholism and substance abuse programs.
    • Recommending the final plan, including funding allocations, to the King County Executive and County Council. All proposals of the King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division (MHCADSD)  that require action by the King County Council are submitted for board review, comment and recommendation prior to release to the Executive by MHCADSD.  The board may testify before the County Council regarding any issues or areas of disagreement on the final proposal as part of the normal legislative process.
  • Monitoring and insuring implementation of the plan and compliance with goals and objectives.
  • Reviewing and approving agency programs for receipt of 2% liquor profit and tax funds governed by RCW 70.96A.087.
  • Participating in development of the yearly grant application, and assuring that the grant is consistent with and integrated within the annual plan,  monitor agency compliance with the grant.

Also see: Board By-Laws

Board Composition

The 15-member board has diverse membership, including people in recovery. It must be composed of four recovered alcoholics, four persons with documented interest in and knowledge about problems of substance abuse other than alcoholism, and consumer and minority group representatives. No more than four elected or appointed officials may serve. See: Board Members

Meeting Details

King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board meets the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 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.


King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board subcommittees are currently being restructured.

How to Become a Member


Applicants must be residents of King County who have knowledge of alcoholism and other substance abuse issues. People of color are strongly urged to apply. King County employees and employees or board members of agencies that are recipients of state or county alcohol or substance abuse funds are not eligible to be on the board. A list of agencies is available in the application form.

Time Commitment

Prospective candidates should be able to devote a minimum of four hours a month to board activities. The board holds monthly meetings and twice yearly planning retreats. Members are also expected to serve on one committee of the Board. Appointments are made for three-year terms.

Application Process

Letters and resumes of prospective appointees will be screened for basic eligibility requirements and forwarded to the office of the King County Executive to be considered for nomination. Applicants are appointed by the King County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Send your completed application form, along with a letter of interest and resume, to: Bryan Baird.

If you have questions, contact Bryan Baird.

What's New

Board calls for legislative action to curb youth tobacco product purchase
Read the news release here
Read the Board Resolution here

Legislative Advocacy and Public Affairs Committee  

The next meeting is a joint meeting with the Mental Health Advisory Board:
May 12, 2015 -

Archived Minutes and Meeting Materials

2015 Meeting Minutes

Jan | FebMar |


The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board is actively recruiting new members.