This bill creates a task force to examine reform of the mental health system. The president of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives will appoint to the task force one member from each of the two largest caucuses of the Senate and the House of Representatives, five members consisting of the Secretary of DSHS or the Secretary’s designee, a representative of law enforcement, a representative of a regional support network, a representative of treatment providers, and a consumer or family representative. The task force will undertake a system-wide review of the public mental health system and make recommendations for reform concerning the means by which services are delivered for adults with serious mental illness, availability of effective means to promote recovery and prevent harm associated with mental illness, crisis services, and public safety practices involving persons with mental illness with forensic involvement. Task force expenditures will be jointly shared by the Senate and House of Representatives. The task force will report its findings and recommendations by January 1, 2014.
SB 5150 was heard in the Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections, but was never scheduled for executive action. Therefore, the bill died.