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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. 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 

Register Now!

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:

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

(206) 263-0723

Additional Resources

Behavioral Health Legislative Priorities

 2022 State Legislative Priorities for Behavioral Health

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.


 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

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Fax: 206-296-0583