District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss to host virtual town hall on Tuesday

District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss will be hosting an online town hall this Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The town hall will focus on sharing an overview of the 2022 proposed budget, looking at ways to strengthen the region’s behavioral health crisis response system, and answering questions and feedback from the public.

The town hall will include three different presentations:

  • City Budget Director Dr. Ben Noble will provbide a general overview of the Mayor’s proposed 2022 budget with special focuses on homelessness, behavioral health, and public spaces.
  • King County Department of Community & Human Services Director Leo Flor and Behavioral Health & Recovery Division Director Kelli Nomura will discuss how Seattle fits into the behavioral health space with King County and Washington State, our role in providing behavioral health services, and their vision for the pathway forward. 
  • Downtown Emergency Service Center Executive Director Daniel Malone will host a discussion about mental health crisis first response and the Mobile Crisis Team.

In an email to D6, Strauss says his top three priorities for the 2022 budget are the following:

  • Improving the city’s behavioral health response to make our communities safer
  • Addressing homelessness
  • Creating vibrant public spaces

He also says he’s supporting additional funding for rental assistance, food security, child care facilities, and tree protection.

You can join the online town hall by RSVPing here, where you’ll find instructions for how to join and ask questions. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. and finish by 7:30 p.m.

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