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An estimated 800 community members joined 17 state legislators and 2 county councilmembers at this year’s King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum: A Community Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall on November 8, 2018.

  • King County Executive Dow Constantine gave opening remarks, highlighting local investments and regional leadership in behavioral health and touching on the need to infuse more funding to support the behavioral health system.

  • King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division director Jim Vollendroff outlined King County’s 2019 behavioral health legislative priorities and introduced Kelli Nomura as the division’s incoming interim director.

  • King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg discussed the need for innovative approaches and a focus on harm reduction and diversion.

  • Lisa Earley, Musa Abdul Shakur, Brandon Selover, and Ro Lim shared powerful personal stories of behavioral health recovery. Two video pieces featured even more perspectives on recovery.

  • The forum facilitated direct in-person dialogue between legislators, legislative staff, and constituents about behavioral health and recovery.

  • Through a partnership with, Washington Recovery Alliance, the forum featured a volunteer-run Recovery in Action event that enabled people in recovery, providers, advocates, and allies to celebrate recovery, make new connections, and encourage others through a variety of fun and engaging activities.

Video of the forum program is available now. 
The forum will also be broadcast in its entirety by 
Seattle Channel and TVW in November 2018. 

2018 Legislative Forum Participants by the numbers:

  • Around 800 community members
  • 17 state legislators & 2 county councilmembers
  • 31 total federal/state/county legislative offices represented
  • 15 legislators met informally with at least 175 constituents
  • 53 community organization co-sponsors

Find out more about King County's behavioral health
legislative priorities for 2019.

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