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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.

We can't wait to join our partners, provider agencies, legislators, advocates and community members. More information and registration coming soon.

For More Information

Contact Amanda Flatley

Legislative Forum Coordinator

(206) 263-0723

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Behavioral Health Legislative Priorities

 2021 State Legislative Priorities for Behavioral Health

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.

 2020 Federal Priorities for Behavioral Health

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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Behavioral Health Legislative Forum Pre-Event Behavioral Health Legislative Forum 2019

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

Contact Us

Phone 206-263-9000

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-0583