Be part of the conversation about mental health and substance abuse
The King County Recovery Coalition is a proud co-sponsor of the King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum, where you will hear compelling personal stories from individuals in behavioral health recovery, as well as the perspectives and priorities of legislators and county councilmembers.
Each year we host Recovery in Action, an interactive pre-event leading up to the forum, to inspire community members to take actions, great and small, that make a difference in the recovery movement.
Recovery in Action consists of various booths for actions like: (1) creating signs that celebrate recovery and reduce stigma, (2) writing cards to individuals in inpatient treatment, (3) a photo booth, and (4) a recovery art station which we will take to legislators during our Recovery Action Day (RAD) in February at the Capitol. Participants get a passport and stamp for each activity, and a prize when they complete all the activities. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are provided.
Finally, we conclude Recovery in Action with facilitated roundtable discussions with legislators before the forum program begins. This is an exciting moment to speak with your legislators and neighbors about why behavioral health issues matter to you.
Watch elected officials and recovery speakers at the 2019 King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum.
This year, 2021, the Legislative Forum will be a virtual event held on Tuesday December 7 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. We will be holding a virtual “pre-event” in the days leading up to the Legislative Forum. It will look different than our Recovery in Action events. More info soon.
CALLING ALL RECOVERY SPEAKERS!
Are you in recovery from substance use and/or a mental health condition? Is someone you know or love? Nominate yourself or someone you know to speak at the King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum.
We are looking for stories that help to demonstrate the impact of behavioral health services in concrete ways:
•People whose personal recovery journeys stand out as inspiring or potentially motivating for policymakers or others.
•People whose stories include:-getting help with a King County community provider, either instead of or after hospitalization or visiting the ER-mental health challenges such as trauma, depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, or hearing voices-recovery from opioid or other addictions -an experience of getting their behavioral and physical health needs met by the same agency in a King County community setting, and being housed, in school, or employed as a result of behavioral health recovery.
We are seeking a range of speakers representing geographic, ethnic, age, and gender diversity, so the more nominations we receive, the better.
We will work with selected speaker candidates and their support person* to help people feel well-prepared, confident, and supported to do this.The King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division and/or King County Recovery Coalition may follow up with you about this nomination and other ways the nominee can be involved in sharing their story to advance recovery.
The nomination deadline is October 15th, 2021.
To nominate yourself or someone else, fill out the nomination form and submit before October 15th.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to celebrate success stories in a meaningful way!
*a support person is someone who will provide guidance, preparation and emotional support as needed throughout the process.