Status Summary

First reading, referred to Health & Long-Term Care Committee on 1.14.19. Public hearing scheduled in the Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care on 1.25.19 at 8:00 a.m. 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. (updated 2.15.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

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.