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DSA Virtual Access: Investing in Behavioral Health for a Safer Seattle
After years of shrinking budgets and divestment in our social services sector, COVID-19 is laying bare the vulnerabilities in our criminal justice, behavioral health and homelessness systems. Recently, calls for renewed investment from around the country have captured the attention of policy-makers and are shaping how cities are investing in public health and community safety. As our council deliberates calls to defund the Seattle Police Department, some leaders are proposing new investments that would bolster these aims for a safer and healthier downtown.

Join us as our panel talks about innovations they are championing and the impact they believe this work could have on Seattle’s safety and health outcomes.

Aug 6, 2020 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Andrew Lewis
Seattle City Councilmember @District 7 (Downtown, Queen Anne, Magnolia)
Andrew Lewis is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, first-time Seattle City Councilmember and former Seattle City Attorney. Andrew chairs the Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies & Investments. In early July, he announced plans to introduce legislation to create and fully fund a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program, based on a Eugene, Oregon program called Crisis Assistance Helping Out On the Streets, or CAHOOTS.
Daniel Malone
Executive Director @DESC
Daniel Malone has been executive director of the Downtown Emergency Services Center since 2015. DESC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who are most marginalized find homes, health and community. DESC was founded in 1979 as an emergency shelter for vulnerable homeless men and women living with mental illness, substance-use disorders, and other disabilities. Today, it's the Puget Sound Region's most comprehensive provider of services for chronically homeless adults.
Lisa Daugaard
Executive Director @Public Defenders Association
Lisa Daugaard has been with the Public Defenders Association for nearly 14 years, and has served as the organization’s executive director since 2015. Previously, she was with the King County Dept. of Public Defense. Lisa created the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, a collaborative community safety effort that offers law enforcement a credible alternative to booking people into jail for criminal activity that stems from unmet behavioral health needs or poverty.