King County Prop 1, Yes for Behavioral Health, creates a place for people to go and receive life-saving care, meets the needs of our growing community, and supports a path to recovery.
- Dow Constantine, County Executive
- Claudia Balducci, County Councilmember
- Rod Dembowski, County Councilmember
- Reagan Dunn, County Councilmember
- Jeanne Kohl-Welles, County Councilmember
- Joe McDermott, County Councilmember
- Sarah Perry, County Councilmember
- Pete von Reichbauer, County Councilmember
- Girmay Zahilay, County Councilmember
- Mayor Bruce Harrell, City of Seattle
- Mayor Angela Birney, City of Redmond
- Mayor Nancy Backus, City of Auburn
- Mayor Dana Ralph, City of Kent
- Mayor Lynne Robinson, City of Bellevue
- Mayor Penny Sweet, City of Kirkland
- Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, City of Seattle
- Rep. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle
- King County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall
- Alison Eisinger, Executive Director, Seattle/ King County Coalition on Homelessness*
- Kelli Nomura, MBA, MHP, CEO, International Community Health Services (ICHS)*
- Tom Bolger, Board Chair, Sound Mental Health*
Eddie Pasatiempo, Board Vice-Chair, Sound Mental Health*
- Mike Heinisch, Kent Youth & Family Services*
* For identification purposes only.
Our County is without a walk-in behavioral health urgent care facility leaving many cycling through emergency care, jails, and homelessness. Treatment beds continue to decline, and people are waiting an average of 44 days for a mental health residential bed as of last year. Behavioral health needs are on the rise while the workforce continues to decrease.
A regional coalition of emergency responders, behavioral health workers, local governments, businesses, and community leaders came together to propose KC Prop 1 on the April 25th ballot. Prop 1 invests in a countywide network of five crisis care centers, maintains and restores the number of residential treatment beds, and supports the recruitment and retention of our community behavioral health workforce in the region.
WHAT KC PROP 1 FUNDS
Establish five crisis care centers, including a center dedicated to serving youth, distributed across our county with walk-in access and the potential for short-term stays to help people stabilize.
Maintain and restore residential treatment beds, on a steady decline over the years as the demand for care increases. .
Grow the behavioral health workforce with career pathways and equitable wages through apprenticeship programming and access to higher education, credentialing, training, and wrap-around supports.
Provide immediate services to meet our immediate needs using initial funds to create mobile or site-based crisis behavioral health services that can operate until the first crisis care centers open.
For $121 per year for the average homeowner we can invest in the behavioral health needs of our community today, and begin a path to recovery.