Status Summary

First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness on 1.21.19. Public hearing scheduled in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 1.29.19 at 1:30 p.m. (subject to change) Executive session scheduled, but no action taken, in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 2.6.19. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 2.8.19; 1st substitute bill passed. Referred to Appropriations on 2.13.19. (updated 2.15.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness on 1.21.19. Public hearing scheduled in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 1.29.19 at 1:30 p.m. (subject to change) (updated 1.25.19)

This act establishes that there is a need for additional bed capacity and services for individuals with behavioral health needs and intends to address this issue by creating new facility types and expanding the capacity of current provider types in the community.

HB 1394 also establishes definitions for:

·         Intensive behavioral health treatment facilities; and

·         Mental health drop-in center

Moreover, and related specifically to behavioral health needs of youth, HB 1394 amends RCW 70.38.260 by adding a section that declares that the Secretary of Health, in discussion with the Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and the Health Care Authority shall provide recommendations to the governor’s office by December 1st, 2019, on youth short-term residential intensive behavioral health and developmental disabilities services.

Furthermore, these recommendations must institute staffing requirements that provide an appropriate level of treatment and include both licensed mental health professionals and developmental disability professionals.

*Companion to SB 5431