King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board
The King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board is a volunteer citizen board 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 behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder) 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.
COVID-19 Update: Until further notice, in-person meetings have been put on hold. All meetings will be held via Zoom.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.
For any questions or concerns, please contact:Hollis Whitewater
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. See bottom of the page for a list of board members.
We currently have openings and are recruiting for certain districts. Please contact our board liaison listed below for more information.
Hollis Whitewater, Board Liaison
401 5th Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
Melody McKee 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 Masters of Science. 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.