Status Summary

First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness on 1.23.19. Public hearing scheduled in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 2.15.19 at 8:00 a.m. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 2.19.19 at 1:30pm. 1st substitute bill passed. (updated 2.22.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Davis

This act adds amends legislature in order to provide further assistance in regard to recovery support services, and does so by detailing specific changes in various aspects of life, including:

Housing

  • Establish the Recovery Residence Program;
  • Increase the number of quality recovery residences;
  • Increase access to recovery residences for persons recovering from a substance use disorder;
  • Establish a program to issue rental vouchers to persons recovering from a substance use disorder to be used at a recovery residence; and

​                -Must also receive a voucher that the person may present in exchange for services.

  • Maintain a registry of approved recovery residences.

Employment

  • Requires the State Behavioral Health Authority to establish a grant program for licensed or certified service providers that work with persons with a substance use disorder; and
  • Establishes that the Authority shall report on the results of the grant program by December 1st, 2021.

Technological supports

  • Amends RCW 71.24.385 to include technology-based recovery supports as being provided by behavioral health organizations; and
  • Requires the Authority to establish a pilot project to determine the most effective use of technology-based recovery supports beginning on January 1st, 2020, and to submit a report to the relevant committees of the legislature by December 1st, 2021.

Family education

  • A new section is added to RCW chapter 71.24 which establishes that the Authority shall contract with organizations to provide free educational programs for the family members of persons with substance use disorders; and
  • Establishes that by December 1st, 2020, the Authority shall report to the relevant committees of the legislature on the results of the contracts and any recommendations for improving the program content and awareness of the program.

Community supports

  • A new section is added to RCW chapter 71.24 which establishes that the Authority shall provide grants to organizations to establish nonclinical, nonresidential, community-based programs in which persons with a substance use disorder may seek recovery-focused support through access to peer contact and interaction; and
  • To support general operating costs of community-based programs.
  • The Authority shall also report to the relevant committees of the legislature on the results of the grant problem by December 1st, 2020.

College recovery programs

The Student Achievement Council shall establish a grant program to support the establishment of collegiate recovery services to support students in higher education institutions to maintain their recovery from a substance use disorder while attending school.