Behavioral Health Legislative Forum
Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD) is excited to host the virtual 2021 Behavioral Health Legislative Forum.
Join us online on Tuesday December 7th, 2021, from 5:30 - 8:00pm. Free and open to all. Registration is open now.
The forum will include:
- Virtual table discussions for community members with legislators, by district
- Remarks from the King County Executive
- Presentation of King County legislative priorities
- Compelling personal recovery stories
- Legislator and county councilmember perspectives and priorities
UPDATE - 12/7: To attend the event, you must register to access to virtual platform! For registration on the day of the event, you can use the registration link above, or here: https://bhrd-forum-2021.matchboxvirtualspaces.com/create-account
We can't wait to join our partners, provider agencies, legislators, advocates and community members.
Legislators and elected officials who will be participating:
- Councilmember Claudia Balducci, District 6
- Rep. Lisa Callan, District 5
- Sen. Reuven Carlyle, District 36
- Rep. Frank Chopp, District 43
- Rep. Eileen Cody, District 34
- Rep. Lauren Davis, District 32
- Rep. Carolyn Eslick, District 34
- Sen. Phil Fortunato, District 31
- Rep. Noel Frame, District 36
- Rep. Mia Gregerson, District 33
- Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles
- Sen. Patty Kuderer, District 48
- Rep. Nicole Macri, District 43
- Rep. Tina Orwall, District 33
- Rep. Bill Ramos, District 5
- Rep. Cindy Ryu, District 32
- Sen. Jesse Salomon, District 32
- Rep. Tana Senn, District 41
- Rep. Larry Springer, District 45
- Rep. Jamila Taylor, District 30
- Rep. My-Linh Thai, District 41
- Rep. Amy Walen, District 48
For More Information
Contact Amanda Flatley
Legislative Forum Coordinator
Behavioral Health Legislative Priorities
1. Develop and sustain the essential behavioral health workforce.
2. Enhance community-based response to behavioral health crises.
3. Fund capital investments to expand and enhance access to care.
1. Protect Medicaid behavioral health rates & support value-based payment mechanisms.
2. Protect access to community-based crisis services.
3. Fully and effectively fund Phase 2 ($19.8M) of the Trueblood Settlement Agreement.
4. Require operation of new community-based treatment beds prior to closing more Western State Hospital (WSH) civil wards of a similar scale.
5. Strengthen and grow the vital behavioral health workforce.
1.Support and defend access to health care including behavioral health treatment and Medicaid.
2. Promote coordinated care and safety by aligning substance use disorder confidentiality rules with HIPAA.
3. Repeal the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion.
King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum 2019
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Recapping the 2019 Forum Numbers:
- An estimated 650 community members
22 state legislators and 3 county councilmembers
1 state legislator, and 2 members of congress were represented by staff
28 total federal/state/county legislative offices represented
At least 230 community members participated in conversations with their representatives
- 57 community organization co-sponsors