Children and their families face systemic barriers to accessing necessary mental health services. The legislature finds that greater coordination across systems, including early learning, K-12 education, workforce development, and health care, is necessary to provide children and their families with coordinated care. Therefore, HB 1713 intends to implement recommendations from the children's mental health work group, as reported in December 19 2016, in order to improve mental health care access for children and their families through the early learning, K-12 education, and health care systems.
Specifically, HB 1713 addresses the following areas: Access to and coordination of resources and services through the managed health care system to ensure that the child receives the treatment and appropriate care based on their assessed needs, regardless of the origin of the referral; A reporting requirement regarding the number of children’s mental health providers available in the previous year and the overall percentage of children’s mental health providers who were actively accepting new patients; adolescent depression screens; child care consultation; the role of the Educational Service Districts and OSPI; workforce issues, including a focus on the availability of culturally/linguistically diverse services; child psychiatry residencies; the Partnership Access Line; and, telemedicine.
Summary of amendments by the House Early Learning and Human Services committee:
The report must also include the number of children's mental health providers available in the previous year and the overall percentage of children's mental health providers who were actively accepting new patients.
Replaced language regarding adolescent screens with: Effective January 1, 2018, the authority shall require provider payment for depression screening for youth ages twelve through eighteen as recommended by the bright futures guidelines of the American academy of pediatrics, as they existed on January 1, 2017. Providers may include, but are not limited to, primary care providers, public health nurses, and other providers in a clinical setting. This requirement is subject to the availability of funds appropriated for this specific purpose.
Added language related to maternal depression screens: Effective January 1, 2018, the authority shall require provider payment for maternal depression screening for mothers of children ages birth to five. This requirement is subject to the availability of funds appropriated for this specific purpose.
Removes the section related to the partnership access line.