Legislators to discuss funding for mental health services tonight

A total of 43,929 people received mental health services and 9,249 received outpatient substance abuse treatment in King County last year.

The King County Community Legislative Forum on  Issues for Mental Health and Substance Abuse in 2014 is between 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 13, at  Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle.

Islander and Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett will provide opening remarks. Over 20 state legislators and more than 400 community members are expected to attend.

King County legislators and members of the community will come together tonight in Seattle to discuss the upcoming 2014 legislative session and the need to ensure critical state and federal funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Preserving critical treatment with adequate funding tops the list of King County social service priorities.

The program will feature the personal stories of people in recovery from addiction or mental illness, thanks to the treatment services they received. A roundtable discussion with state legislators will close the program. The forum will be moderated by radio host Neil Scott of Recovery Coast to Coast (Clear Channel AM 850), a show focused on addiction and mental illness treatment and recovery.

The annual forum, now in its 17th year, is co-sponsored by the King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Board, the King County Mental Health Board, the King County Community Organizing Board, and the local chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – NAMI Eastside, NAMI Greater Seattle, and NAMI South King County.

For more information on the forum and legislative priorities for mental health and substance abuse, contact Amnon Shoenfeld, 206-263-8902,




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