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March 2024: The State of Behavioral Healthcare for Youth in WA


We welcomed Max Lau, the Policy Manager for Health and Economic Justice for Children’s Alliance, to discuss the current state of behavioral healthcare for youth in Washington, racial and wealth equity in our state, and legislative successes and actions to overcome workforce shortage and “care deserts”.

Download/view Max's presentation here.

Max Lau's Bio: Growing up in Seattle, Max had dreams of being a pilot, race car driver, and marine biologist before finding his calling in mental health and social policy. After graduating from Western Washington University, he moved to Denver for graduate school. It was here he discovered his passion for policy and worked as a staffer for a state representative in Colorado before returning to Washington to continue his policy career in his home state. He now serves as the Health & Economic Justice Policy Manager for Children’s Alliance, where he will continue to track legislation, research policy, and contribute to the organization’s overall advocacy goals. Outside of work Max enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with his cat Soju.