New funding for Community Driven Behavioral Health in King County

Nationally, the current health system creates barriers that challenge providers and payers in providing whole person care and improving population health. According to the King County Community Health Needs Assessment 2018/2019, “People of color and low- income residents are at disproportionate risk of being uninsured and having poor health and social outcomes". Many health and…

Safe medicine return box

National drug take back day October 24: A good reminder that safe medicine disposal saves lives

Since 2016, DCHS has promoted awareness and use of free and confidential neighborhood medicine disposal programs as a strategy to prevent opioid overdose death, medicine abuse and suicide. DCHS, along with partners that include King County Waste Management and Washington Poison Center, produced a successful “Don’t Hang on to Meds” public health messaging campaign focused…

SEPTEMBER MARKS NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH: HOW TO SUPPORT FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RECOVERY

Originally written by Sharon Bogan on Public Health Insider September marks National Recovery Month, a time to acknowledge the gains made by those in recovery who have faced challenges from mental health or substance use disorders. Many of us have faced these challenges ourselves or know a close friend or family member who has. This…

Deadline for Recovery Month Poster Art and Poetry Contest is Friday!

https://youtu.be/UOcD_oS0fpc About the Contest In preparation for National Recovery Month, which occurs every year in September, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD) has announced its Recovery Poster Art and Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “Rising Above it All: Wellness, Resilience, and Recovery”. The contest is open to adults, youth and family members…

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The Seeds of Transformation

A poem by Valera Corliss The Seeds of Transformation The seeds of Transformation,lie deep, desiccated, dormant, in thefurnace of the rocky, sandy desert soil.Dreaming of Rain…Thirsting for waters of restoration,resurrection…of Hope and Faith in Potential,The Possible…Waiting for the baptism of Love thatnurtures theEmergence,from the desolation of their inheritance.To rise above, conquer the environment ofdesolationthey were…

September is National Recovery Month

Cross-posted from the King County Recovery Coalition We observe National Recovery Month in September to celebrate the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. In 2014, 20.2 million adults in the U.S. had a substance use disorder and 7.9 million had both a substance use disorder and another mental health condition.…