School-Based Mental Health Program Making an Impact in King County Schools  

In the four years since the School-Based Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to services or Treatment (SB SBIRT) began in King County, more than 25,000 middle school students were screened, more than 11,500 students completed a connection to services or treatment either internally at their school or with external mental health professionals, and more than…

King County Continues Support for Senior Centers Experiencing Economic Hardship in the Pandemic  

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) recently awarded more than $2 million in funding to 18 nonprofit senior centers impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic has altered the community in many ways, and senior centers, which are critical operations that increase connection, information sharing, and support for neighbors continue to experience some challenges.…

A happy toddler claps along with an adult in an early learning environment.

Extended Deadline for General Child Care Facilities Fund RFP for Capital Grants – apply by December 7

Children can thrive when they have access to early education and intervention supports. However, we know some children don’t have equitable access these opportunities due to racial inequity and under-resourcing.   That’s why the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is partnering with Enterprise Community Partners to invest in early education so young people, regardless of race…

Catch up on the Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports (DDECSD) division hosted the 33rd annual Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum last week. Hundreds registered for the event, and more than 200 people attended and heard from community members, councilmembers, and state legislators. County officials, including King County Executive Dow Constantine…

Neurodiversity and Youth Mental Health: resources and an upcoming legislative forum

Young people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and experiences bring rich contributions to our community, and young people who are neurodivergent have essential perspectives and contributions that our community benefits from.   Yet, people who are neurodiverse run into obstacles in a world built for people who are neurotypical. Those challenges are even more pronounced…

This week! Join us for the 33rd annual Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum

On Thursday, King County Department of Community and Human Serivices Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports (DDECSD) division is hosting the annual Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum.   If you haven’t already registered, go here! The virtual event is on Join us on Thursday, November 17, from 7 to 8:30 pm.     On this special evening we’ll hear…