Status Summary

Referred to the House College and Workforce Development Committee. Public hearing scheduled in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development on 2.5.19 at 1:30 p.m. (Subject to change) Executive session scheduled, but no action taken, in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development on 2.8.19. Executive session scheduled in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development on 2.20.19 at 1:30 p.m. and 2.22.19 at 8:00 a.m. (updated 2.15.19)

Legislative Session



In Progress


Speaker Chopp

*Companion to SB 5516 *

Recognizes the need for services for individuals with behavioral health needs, as well as the shortage of behavioral health workers in WA state. Therefore, the legislature establishes that there is a need for a trained workforce that is experienced in fully integrated care and able to address a full range of needs, as well as a need to support rural and underserved communities around the state.

As a result, this act declares the intention to partner with the University of Washington (UW) to develop plans for the creation of the UW Behavioral Health Innovation & Integration campus in order to increase access to behavioral health services in WA.

The bill also specifies that planning for the teaching campus should include:

  • strengthening the psychiatry residency program to bring more psychiatrists into the state;
  • training other health care providers to work in teams that can address the physical, psychological, and social needs of individuals and families;
  • expanding the tele-psychiatry consultation program; and
  • providing capacity to provide inpatient care for up to 150 individuals.
  • Finally, this act would require the UW School of Medicine to report plans on development to the Office of Financial Management and appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1st, 2019.