Schedule for 2024

We typically meet quarterly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:00PM to 4:30PM.

January 23: Using Peers in Overdose Response – Lessons from Everett

Our first quarter speaker was Dr. Tom Robey, medical director at the Everett Diversion Center and an emergency physician at Providence Regional Medical Center. Dr. Robey presented findings from a recent study at Providence, supported by the National Institutes of Health, assessing the effect of peers as a part of overdose response. Dr. Robey was recently featured in news stories about using binding antibodies to address methamphetamine addiction:



May 21st: Communications between 911 and 988 with Lora Ueland and Niel Olson




Previous Year’s Schedules


  • March 21st: Crisis Response in Seattle: Challenges and Opportunities of Multiple Outreach Teams.
    Zee Andrignis from Seattle PD’s Crisis Response Unit, Jon Ehrenfeld from Seattle Fire’s Health One program, and Kayla Hollimon from the Mobile Crisis Team talked about how co-response programs work with mobile crisis teams–and how their police and fire programs complement each other. As 988 systems continue to develop in Washington state, effective relationships between different crisis response teams is critically important. This presentation considered what’s working—and not working—in the field. Recording available here.
  • July 18th: Co-Responders and Designated Crisis Responders: Strategies for Successful Partnerships
    Featuring King County DCR Coordinator Frank Couch, Olympic Health and Recovery Services Crisis Services Manager Jessica Shook and Crisis Response Social Work Supervisor for Bellevue Fire CARES and CCAT Diane Swanberg. Also discussed: the University of Washington’s recent landscape analysis of co-response in Washington State and H.R. 1423 which, if passed, will provide federal funds for unarmed mobile crisis response programs dispatched by 911 (
    • Slides from Andrew Hays and Victoria Bautista’s presentation about federal support for co-response
  • October 17: using the validation, deferral, suggestion prompt (VDSP) to de-escalate situations. Featuring Jumpart Mastery founder Andy Prisco and retired Psychiatric Nurse Dan Gapsch. Video to members by emailing



  • January 18th: Hosted by Redmond Police Department
  • March 15th: Hosted by Port Angeles Fire
  • June 21st: Hosted by Eastside Fire and Rescue
  • September 20th: Hosted by South Snohomish County Fire, guest speaker Margie Balfour. Click here for Margie’s slides, and here for the video recording.
  • December 20th: Host Bellevue Fire CARES. Topic: Utilizing Nurses in Co-Response Programs (Presentations by Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority and Whatcom County Health Department)