We are now accepting proposals for brand new initiatives to be presented at the event. These proposals will be featured against the backdrop of initiatives that have preceded them at prior events. We're excited to celebrate the many successes of past initiatives and present the latest slate of initiatives chosen by the Summit Advisory Council as promising and transformative innovations in the world of mental health. 

DATE: Thursday, May 17th, 2022 (registration not yet open)
TIME: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
PLACE: Husky Union Building (HUB), University of Washington, Seattle (we anticipate a blend of in-person and streaming options for attendees, but expect to solidify logistics by August)
COST: Free, courtesy of Chad's Legacy Project and the generous support of our underwriters (see below)



Underwriting opportunities toward the support of the event and ongoing initiative support are now available. Support includes a range of levels and will go toward the important funding of the event. Surplus underwriting funds will be used for project management support of current initiative to insure tracking and success of those innovations going forward toward their implementation. 

Download the Underwriting Support Form and follow contact information on the form to complete your inclusion with the many organizations helping to make Washington State a leader in Mental Health.

Equity and Diversity in Initiatives:

Our 2021 Initiative Proposals were asked how their initiatives address diversity during the application process. Initiative leads will be challenged to insert EDI components into their planning and implementation efforts and will be asked to report on this element throughout the project during quarterly updates. Some of the specific proposed initiatives are:


BHSS (Behavioral Health Support Specialist): This innovative workforce initiative widens to the behavioral health workforce pipeline (with a specific focus on increased diversity) and provides an increased level of access to patients seeking behavioral health services in primary care settings.


Parent Tool Kit: This initiative will produce parent-facing materials that are culturally responsive and address the larger stigma experienced by children and families navigating the mental health system in WA. The newly developed tool kit was proposed by a parent based off their lived experience navigating mental health care and will provide support to families in real time*."



(for review prior to proposal submission)

Washington State Mental Health Summit Initiatives are innovations that address a challenge in the access, delivery and quality of Washington State’s mental health system. Selected initiatives are those that show promise of scale, with the ability for completion and implementation within 12-18 months of presentation. The Summit Advisory Council evaluates proposals for the potential of completion, benefit to the existing mental health system and overall impact to the community.


Upon initiative selection, initiative leaders will have approximately five months to further develop strategies, garner additional champions and prepare a presentation to be delivered at the Summit event in October. That event is currently planned to be a hybrid of in-person attendance, along with streaming capability. We will also be using the Whova app again for attendee engagement and stakeholder enrollment. We hope to feature 6-8 new initiatives after update presentations from past initiatives. Each presentation will be a maximum of 10 minutes, with an attendee Q&A following each presentation of no more than ten minutes.


Following the event, it will be the responsibility of each initiative’s leadership to provide action plan updates to the Advisory Council at quarterly intervals and communicate any needed assistance to assure initiative success. Thank you for your participation and passion in building an even better Washington State through improved mental health care.

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