April 25, 2023
The results for April 25th election are in. King County's crisis care levy has officially passed. This levy will provide much needed funding for mental health, addiction and homelessness services in the county and is a major step forward in helping to reduce the crisis care gap for those in need. In my opinion, this is a huge win for the community and further demonstrates the commitment of the voters of King County to providing a safe and healthy environment for all.
Below are some key details of what the levy will provide for the community. Additional information can be found here.
- Creates Five Crisis Care Centers: Distributed geographically across the county, the centers will provide walk-in access and the potential for short-term stays to help people stabilize, depending on needs, with one center specifically serving youth.
- Preserves and Restores Residential Treatment Beds: Slows the loss of residential treatment options that provide behavioral health supportive housing or a psychiatric residential treatment bed for longer-term stays with support.
- Invests in the Behavioral Health Workforce: Creates career pathways through apprenticeship programming and access to higher education, credentialing, training, and wrap-around supports. It will also invest in equitable wages for the workforce at crisis care centers.