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

Rep. Tina Orwall and ConstituentsAn 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.
  • King County Executive Dow Constantine
  • 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.
  • 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

Recovery Speaker Jay Scott

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

The forum is set to be broadcast in its entirety several times by Seattle Channel, KCTV, and TVW, in fall 2017. ClearChannel 850-AM will also be broadcasting the forum on the radio as part of emcee Neil Scott’s Recovery Coast to Coast show.

Save the Date for the 2018 Legislative Forum!
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

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
Chad's Legacy Project
Community Health Plan of Washington
Coordinated Care
Crisis Clinic
Facing Addiction
Friends of Youth
Behavioral Health Advisory Board
Many Minds
MultiCare Behavioral Health
NAMI Washington
NAMI Eastside
NAMI Seattle
Peers of King County
Prevention WINS
at Seattle Children's Hospital
Recovery Cafe
Seattle Counseling
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
Sound Mental Health
Transitional Resources
United Healthcare
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