Summits 2020-03-12T23:35:31+00:00

With so many amazing events in September for National Recovery Month (and our big Recovery Day at the Mariners kickoff), we have decided to spread the recovery love and shift our annual Summit to early summer.


The Recovery Summit is designed to bring the recovery community and our allies together to get your energy and input on policies and practices that will advance treatment and recovery across our state. Moving the Summit earlier in the calendar gives us more time to plan and strategize ahead of the next legislative session – and makes our citizen advocacy efforts in February even more effective. 

Please save the date for our 2020 Recovery Summit: June 1st, 2020, in Seattle!



2019 information is below, if you’d like to know more about what last year’s Summit was like:

If you’d like to attend the recovery summit and have financial need, you can apply for a scholarship.

The summit is for people in recovery from mental health and addiction challenges, impacted families, behavioral health professionals and allied organizations. This year, we will come together to launch a set of strategic initiatives aimed at advancing treatment access and recovery across our state.  We need your voice! 

We designed the 2019 Recovery Summit to create community connections and energize recovery movement stakeholders for the coming year. Rather than a conference where you sit through folks talking at you, the Summit provides an opportunity to have YOUR voice heard and put into action. 

The summit will center around four strategic initiative action tracks:

  1. Recovery Coaching / Peer Services
  2. Behavioral Health Walk-in / Diversion Centers
  3. Robust Funding / Dedicated Revenue for Treatment & Recovery Supports 
  4. Workforce Development & Medicaid Rate Increase 

Each “action track” session is designed to build on the work of the previous session in a particular strategic initiative: Ready to Launch (session 1); Down to the Nitty Gritty (session 2); and Where the Rubber Meets the Road (session 3). 

Please note that the exact timing of each section is subject to change – this agenda is to give you a general idea of what to expect.

​Monday, 9/23

7:00 – 8:30am: Registration and breakfast

8:30 – 11:30am: State of the recovery movement address, interactive activity, strategic initiatives overview

1130am – 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 – 1:45pm: Strategic Initiative Action Tracks – Ready to Launch

1:45 – 2:00pm: Coffee break

2:00 – 4:00pm: Community Input Sessions 

  • Family services & support breakout
  • Youth services & support breakout
  • Services linkages from the emergency department for people with SUD
  • Peer crisis respite & other services for individuals with serious mental illness
  • We should not have empty beds: Making use of existing SUD residential capacity 
  • SUD curriculum: Improving treatment quality in inpatient and IOP settings 

4:15 – 5:15pm: Stakeholder Listening Session with Federal and State Behavioral Health Officials

7:00 – 8:30pm: Campfire (weather permitting!)


Tuesday (9/24)

7:30 – 9:00am: Table topics, breakfast and morning plenary

9:00 – 11:00am: Strategic Initiative Action Tracks – Down to the Nitty Gritty

11:00am – 12:00pm: Lunch

12:00 – 2:00pm: Strategic Initiative Action Tracks – Where the Rubber Meets the Road!

2:00 – 2:30pm: Closing Plenary

Seventh Summit, November 9-10, 2017

At our 7th summit, we:

  • Received expert advice in coalition building from Blaine Parrish
  • Outline our newly awarded SAMHSA Recovery Community Services Program: Statewide Network grant
  • Enjoyed traditional Native American drumming and dancing, teaching from a Squaxin Island Tribe elder, and a sweat lodge
  • Honored our veterans with a special ceremony

Sixth Summit, May 4-5, 2017

Key results of the sixth gathering:

  • Presented the Vince Collins Recovery Champion Award to State Rep. Eileen Cody
  • Paved the way for hiring our first staff person

Fifth Summit, November 10-11, 2016

Key results of the fifth gathering:

  • Approved a Recovery Coach Code of Ethics
  • Discussed the Recovery Database and the Advocacy Project
  • Discussed and formed the Recovery Housing Certification Work Group and Recovery Coach Work Group
  • Debriefed Education and Advocacy goals for 2017

Fourth Summit, May  12-13, 2015

Key results of the fourth gathering:

  • Approved Bylaws for 501(c)3 application
  • Elected a new governance committee
  • Discussed in detail the legislative process in Washington State and how advocates can successfully carry a bill to fruition

Third Summit, October 22-23, 2015

Key results of the third gathering:

  • Created a dues structure
  • Added an Events Committee and a Fundraising Committee

Second Summit, May 19-20, 2015

Key results of the second gathering:

  • Endorsed recovery values
  • Created a governing structure

First Summit, November 13-14, 2014

At the first summit, the group of passionate individuals

  • agreed to be a coalition,
  • adopted a vision,
  • and formed a united front under the name “Washington Recovery Alliance”