KELLY WARNER-KING (JD)
Kelly is an attorney and youth advocate with over 18 years of experience helping youth and families access effective mental health, chemical dependency, education, housing and related services in King County and Washington State. Kelly’s broad range of dependency system experience, in both direct service and program management, gives her a unique set of skills and knowledge that informs her consulting practice.
Kelly's extensive knowledge of effective mental health and chemical dependency programs was developed through her work coordinating therapeutic court programs and cross-system policy reform efforts. As program manager of the King County Family Treatment Court and the Supporting Early Connections program, she coordinated the work and training of non-adversarial, interdisciplinary teams and implemented research-based programs, including Wraparound and Child Parent Psychotherapy. As the Mental Health Projects Coordinator at the Center for Children & Youth Justice, she worked with court, mental health, chemical dependency and education partners to develop culturally appropriate and evidence-based screening systems, diversion programs and therapeutic court options for youth involved in the truancy and juvenile courts. At the University of Washington’s Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA), Kelly works with counties to improve outcomes for courts and the children and families they serve, through training and system improvement projects.
Kelly is also well versed in the educational rights and needs of youth. She started her career as an education policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and the University of Washington. As the first Legal Ombudsman in the Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman, she mediated conflicts between public schools and families and developed materials and trainings for parents and professionals. As a TeamChild and public defense attorney for youth in the foster care system, Kelly advocated for clients to receive special education, mental health and other services, and advised dependency attorneys on the educational and developmental needs of their youth clients. She also co-authored an education rights and advocacy manual for guardians, foster parents and social workers supporting youth living out of home.
Currently, Ms. Warner-King runs her own consulting business, Synapse Learning Solutions LLC, and she co-directs the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington School of Law. To read more about Kelly and the services she provides through Synapse Learning, click here.