This bill adds sections in chapters 43.70 RCW and 18.225 RCW regarding increasing the behavioral health workforce and establishing a reciprocity program.
Sec. 1 proposes a reciprocity program for applicants for licensure or certification as a behavioral health professional. The program will apply to individuals who:
· Hold or have held a license/certification within the past 12 months that is in good standing from another state/territory in the U.S.
· Have no disciplinary record or disqualifying criminal history.
This section also proposes a probationary license or certification to an applicant who meets the requirements of sec. 1 and allows the department to determine whether the applicant requires additional training. The department must also maintain and publish a list of foreign licenses/certifications that are accepted.
Sec. 2 establishes options for adoption of an interstate compact or compacts supporting license portability.