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King County Voters:
Vote APPROVE on King County Prop 1,
Yes for Behavioral Health

This transformative levy creates a place for people to go and receive life-saving care during a crisis, meets the needs of our growing community, and supports a path to recovery.

Vote by April 25

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What is the Crisis Care Centers Levy?

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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, which have steadily declined 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.

Problem Problem

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.


Problem Solution

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.

Share your support of Prop 1, Yes for Behavioral Health

Use your voice and encourage those in your network to vote Yes on Prop 1. Share your personal or professional experiences and what better crisis response means to you. Use these to get your email or social media post started, and be sure to tag us, use the hashtag below, or share with us.

Our community is facing a mental health and addiction crisis, so I am enthusiastically supporting a solution by voting 'Approve' on King County's Prop 1 this April. This levy invests in a county-wide network of 5 crisis centers, increases the number of residential treatment beds, and supports the recruitment and retention of a skilled behavioral health workforce.
@YesKCProp1 / @crisiscxns
#yeskcprop1 #mentalhealthbill

As a mental health advocate, I know firsthand how vital it is to invest in crisis care. That's why I'm proud to support the upcoming King County Prop 1 - Yes for Behavioral Health. Let's ensure everyone in our community can access the immediate and skilled care they need during a mental health crisis.
@YesKCProp1 / @crisiscxns
#yeskcprop1 #mentalhealthbill

Businesses, labor, health providers, and community organizations are banding together to support @YesKCProp1. This will make King County safer, help those in a mental health crisis regain control of their lives, and support recruitment and retention of our behavioral health workforce.
@YesKCProp1 / @crisiscxns
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Mental health crises can affect anyone, regardless of income, privilege, or race. That's why I'm urging everyone to vote YES on Prop 1 and support the King County Crisis Care Centers Levy. Investing in a healthy and humane behavioral health system ensures that everyone in our community can access the care they need when they need it most.
@YesKCProp1 / @crisiscxns
#yeskcprop1 #mentalhealthbill

I've (volunteered with Crisis Connections for years OR used Crisis Connections services) and have seen their incredible impact on our community. But we need more resources to make sure everyone in our community can access the immediate care they need during a mental health crisis. That's why I'm urging everyone to vote YES on Prop 1 and support the King County Crisis Care Centers Levy.
@YesKCProp1 / @crisiscxns
#yeskcprop1 #mentalhealthbill

Help our youth in crisis. April 25th is your chance to vote @YesKCProp1 to establish five crisis care centers, including a center dedicated to serving youth, and offer walk-in crisis support and short-term behavioral health treatment.
@YesKCProp1 / @crisiscxns
#yeskcprop1 #mentalhealthbill

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Press Release


Crisis Connections Urges King County Residents to Vote Yes on Prop 1 for Crisis Care Centers 

Seattle, WA - Crisis Connections, a non-profit organization providing crisis intervention services for adults, youth, and families across King County and Washington State, is calling on King County voters to vote APPROVE on Prop 1 and support the upcoming King County Crisis Care Centers Levy. 

As a key provider helping community members navigate the behavioral health system and ensuring no one faces a crisis alone, Crisis Connections staff and volunteers see firsthand the urgent need to invest in long-neglected mental health and addiction treatment services. 

"People throughout the community are struggling more than ever to cope. Since early 2020, Crisis Connections has received a record number of calls from people seeking help for themselves or others,” said Michelle McDaniel, CEO of Crisis Connections.  In 2022, Crisis Connections helped more than 230,000 people who identified as King County residents, representing nearly 11% of King County’s population. Nearly two-thirds of callers are BIPOC, and the majority are low-income. 

"As the 'front door' to the crisis system, Crisis Connections staff can assess a situation and offer critical behavioral health services for a caller – whether it’s a visit from a mobile crisis team, a next day appointment with a clinician in their community, or other resources that are appropriate for the situation," said McDaniel. "But those resources are either stretched thin or unavailable – and therefore, the crisis deepens. In our community, we could not imagine a situation where immediate and skilled care was unavailable when someone had a physical health crisis. But that happens daily when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis." 

The proposed King County Crisis Care Centers Levy, which will appear on the April 2023 ballot, aims to create a regional network of five walk-in crisis care centers, preserve and increase residential treatment beds, and invest in a robust behavioral health workforce. These efforts will increase public well-being and safety and be a place to go for help other than jails and emergency rooms. 

"We can't find one person who isn't impacted by behavioral health issues," McDaniel added. "This is a community-wide challenge that we need to solve together." 

Crisis Connections has provided free and highly skilled crisis intervention services since 1964, intervening during a personal crisis, helping to prevent the next one, and providing support after a crisis. Through the 988 dialing code and the King County crisis line service, Crisis Connections supports community members across King County 24/7/365. In addition, residents can find help through other Crisis Connections helplines, including King County 211, WA Recovery Help Line, WA Teen Link, and WA Warm Line.  

"Investing in resources so that people – regardless of income, privilege, or race - can access immediate and compassionate mental healthcare must be a priority. We urge King County voters to support the upcoming levy and help us build a stronger, more resilient community for all," said McDaniel. 

Sergey Smirnov  I  Senior Director of Advancement
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Prop 1 in the News

Seattle Region to Vote on $1.2 Billion Tax Increase for Mental-Health System
Wall Street Journal, April 2023

Michelle McDaniel, who runs a 24-hour mental health crisis hotline center, said the volume of calls has jumped between 25% and 40% since 2020, depending on the program. The service includes helplines for adults, teens and those considering suicide. Ms. McDaniel said the situation in King County is the worst since she started working in the field about 30 years ago. Mobile mental-health teams can take up to 16 hours to arrive, counselors are in short supply, and beds are already full, she said, adding that her staff increasingly has no choice but to direct people to the emergency room.

In April election, King County voters weigh a prpoerty tax hike to fund mental health crisis centers
KNKX, April 2023

"There had been a time where [it was] more common that somebody would be contacting crisis connection services because they're struggling with anxiety," Michelle McDaniel said. "Now, it's struggling with anxiety and isolation and substance use. It's dealing with depression, and also 'I'm concerned that I'm going to be evicted because I can't pay my rent.'"

King County voters could approve new tax levy creating multiple behavioral health centers
The Center Square, January 2023

“In this moment, King County needs more behavioral health services, not less,” Constantine said in a letter to the King County Council. “Yet the community behavioral health system is losing capacity at an alarming rate and cannot sustain its workforce.”

King County Council votes to put tax funding crisis centers on April ballot 
The Seattle Times, January 2023

“This proposal would make a generational investment in our behavioral health system at a time when we need it most,” said Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, who co-sponsored the legislation.