Status Summary

Referred to the House College and Workforce Development Committee. Has not been scheduled for a hearing. (updated 1.25.19)

Legislative Session



In Progress


Speaker Chopp

HB1593 creates a behavioral health innovation and integration campus within the UW School of Medicine.  The campus must include inpatient treatment capacity and focus on inpatient and outpatient care for individuals with behavioral health needs while training a behavioral health provider workforce.

Planning for the campus should include:  strengthening the nationally competitive psychiatry residency program to bring ore psychiatrists to the state and training them to work with rural and otherwise underserved communities and populations; training other health care providers, such as primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, counselors, and peers, to work in teams that can address the physical, psychological, and social needs of individuals and families; and expanding the telepsychiatry consultation program.  Planning should also include capacity to provide inpatient care for up to 150 individuals who currently receive extended care at Western State Hospital under the state’s involuntary treatment act.

By Dec. 1, 2019, the UW School of Medicine shall report to OFM and the legislature with plans on the development and siting of the teaching hospital.  The plan may also include: 

  • adding psychiatry residency training slots;
  • initiating tele-health consultation;
  • initiating a fellowship program for family physicians or other primary care providers;
  • initiating a residency program for advanced practice psychiatric nurses and advanced registered nurse practitioners; and
  • developing integrated workforce development programs.