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…

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…

What we all can do to reduce stigma around substance use disorder

Cross-posted on Public Health Insider. The shame and stigma of living with substance use disorder (SUD) has prevented many people from getting the help and support they need. In the United States, more than 22 million people with SUD have recovered, but around 90 percent of people with SUD still don’t seek treatment due to…

Listening Sessions for 988 Crisis Call Center Hub Rules

The new 9-8-8 crisis lifeline went live this July. The new number replaced the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and is an easy-to-remember number nationwide for people to call for mental health emergencies. Anyone having thoughts of suicide, a mental health crisis, or substance use concerns, or worried about a loved one who may need…

New Funding Opportunity: $1.3M for Emerging Issues in Behavioral Health

We are excited to share that the Emerging Issues in Behavioral Health Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open! To be eligible to submit a proposal, proposers must submit a mandatory Letter of Intent in ZoomGrants by 2:00 p.m. on September 30, 2022. The most competitive proposers will then be invited to submit a full…

September is Recovery Month — Join Us as #KingCountyGoesPurple

September is National Recovery Month. Recovery Month celebrates all those on their recovery journeys and spreads a message of hope to people, families, and communities. At King County DCHS, particularly our Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD), our shared vision to ensure that everyone in King County has a path to achieving and sustaining recovery…