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Celebrating our Frontline Behavioral Health Workers!

KCRC would like to recognize all the behavioral health professionals who play a critical role in mental health and substance use recovery. We are grateful for the work that behavioral health providers and agencies do every day, especially during the pandemic.

In the fall of 2020, KCRC kicked off a new campaign, Gratitude for the Frontlines, as an opportunity for people to nominate behavioral healthcare workers or agencies who are working hard to support their communities. Gratitude allows us to take a moment to pause, reflect, and appreciate the people around us.

In the spirit of KCRC’s Gratitude for the Frontline Workers Project, we would like to highlight a few organizations that are celebrating and honoring their own! These organizations are some of the many whose services are dedicated to recovery communities and who continue to fully connect with, engage, and support people across all types of differences.

Recovery Café has nominated 16 staff! Their program is designed to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. Recovery Café is a community of individuals who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share. Recovery Café provide daily meals and resources, offer teleconnection support in the form of Zoom, telephone, and in-person Recovery Circles as well as 1:1 telephone recovery support to our Members. They aim to support the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, and education and employment.

In April, KCRC gifted Recovery Cafe and its nominees a Gratitude Lunch. Kelli Nomura, head of King County’s Behavioral Health & Recovery Division joined us and gave opening remarks honoring the nominees. That Brown Girl Cooks! catered an amazing lunch at the SODO location, so other staff could continue to serve lunch at the South Lake Union Cafe. Note: RC has served over 50,000 meals during the pandemic (on a to-go basis) and recently opened their doors to provide services to their community in person once more. Check out RC’s lunch video link!

Sound is one of King County’s most comprehensive providers of quality mental health and addiction treatment services, supporting our area’s most vulnerable populations. They have nominated 5 staff from their program! A central tenet of their work is Reaching Recovery, an evidence-based clinical care model. Sound provides valuable services, resources and treatment to communities. One of the nominations shared, “Sound quickly adapted to the challenges for our clients and team members with quarantine. The immediate focus on how to provide a safe work environment so that team members were able to continue serving the clients was remarkable and continues to be evaluated and adapted every day.”

ETC delivers evidence-based substance use disorder and social services in Western Washington. Their interdisciplinary team includes clinicians with advanced degrees in medicine, psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, counseling and acupuncture. ETS uses a comprehensive approach to treatment which combines medication assisted treatment with wraparound services such as medical monitoring, counseling, and drug screens. They also support the REACH team which provides street-based, case management and outreach services to adults living outside in the greater Seattle area. They have nominated 7 staff! KCRC brought a Gratitude Lunch to Evergreen South King County this spring. Cody West , Cindy Clayton Butler and Marcos Sauri of KCRC Advisory Board attended and helped give out care packages to the frontline workers that were nominated. Check out the ETS lunch link!

Please join KCRC on May 20th at 1pm for a virtual celebration honoring all the nominees from the Gratitude for Frontline Workers Project. REGISTER HERE!

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