Status Summary

First reading, referred to Health & Long-Term Care on 1.14.19. Public hearing scheduled in the Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care on 1.25.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care on 1.30.19; majority pass. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 1.31.19. Bill made eligible to be placed on second reading on 2.19.19. Placed on second reading on 2.26.19. Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading. Passed on Third reading on 3.13.19. In the House: First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness on 3.15.19. Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 3.26.19. Executive session scheduled, but no action taken, in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 3.27.19. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 4.2.19; majority pass with amendment(s). Referred to Appropriations on 4.3.19. Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 4.6.19. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 4.8.19; Majority do pass with amendment(s) by Health Care & Wellness. Referred to Rules 2 Review on 4.9.19. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 4.11.19. Committee recommendations adopted and the bill amended. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.12.19. In the Senate: Senate concurred on House amendments; passed the bill, final passage on 4.23.19. President signed on 4.25.19. In the House: Speaker signed on 4.25.19. Other than legislative action: Delivered to Governor on 4.26.19. (updated 5.3.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

Passed

Sponsor

O'Ban

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.

Amendment:

House Amendments (updated 4.12.19):

  • Added psychologists to the reciprocity program.
  • Psychologists and chemical dependency professionals are added to the provisions directing the Department of Health to explore options related to interstate compacts.
  • Applies the reciprocity program to applicants from other states or territories with substantially equivalent or greater scope of practice to Washington's, rather than an equivalent scope of practice or greater.
  • Persons with a probationary credential are limited to only practicing in licensed or certified behavioral health service providers.
  • The Department of Health must prioritize identifying the five states or territories that have historically had the most applicants for reciprocity with a scope of practice that is substantially equivalent to or greater than the scope in Washington.

Relocates the reciprocity program to the chapters for the respective professions.