Status Summary

Pre-filed for introduction on 1.5.21.

First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness on1.11.21.

Public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 1.18.21. 

Executive session scheduled, but no action was taken in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 1.20.21. at 

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 1.27.21; 1st substitute bill passed.

Referred to Appropriations on 1.29.21.

Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.16.21.

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.17.21; 2nd substitute bill passed.

Referred to Rules 2 Review on 2.22.21.

Rules Committee relieved of further consideration.   Placed on second reading on 2.24.21.

2nd substitute bill substituted 

Floor amendment(s) adopted.

Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 3.1.21.

In the Senate

First reading, referred to Health & Long Term Care on 3.4.21.

Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care on 3.12.21 at 10:30 a.m. in anticipation of other legislative action. 

(updated 3.5.21)

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Simmons

The intent of HB1086 is to create the State Office of Behavioral Health Consumer Advocacy that shall advocate for all patients seeking privately and publicly funded behavioral health services, including inpatient services, and assure that patients across Washington state are afforded all of the rights given to them by state and federal laws.

By January 1, 2022, the department shall contract with a private nonprofit organization to provide behavioral health consumer advocacy services. 

The office must develop policies and procedures to allow certified behavioral health consumer advocates access to patients, residents, and clients of behavioral health providers, so they can monitor the quality of services.

HB1086 lays out the role of the office, relationship with managed care and other organizations, as well as details about what the office will do, expectations, and other aspects of how it will function.