Working to transform the child welfare system.

Sponsored by Rep. Green ESSHB directs DSHS to establish a steering committee in order to develop a strategy for improving the adult behavioral health system. The strategy must assess the capacity of the current publicly funded system to provide evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices; identify and increase the use of such practices; design and implement a transparent quality management system; and identify services delivery and financing mechanisms to improve the system. In addition, WSIPP will prepare an inventory of such practices for DSHS to use. DSHS will also work with the Health Care Authority to develop a plan for a tribal-centric behavioral health system and contract with an independent consultant to review the provision of forensic mental health services.

ESSHB 1522 states that when an individual who was involuntarily committed for 90 or 180 days no longer needs active psychiatric treatment, the regional support network responsible for resource management services for the person must work together with the hospital to develop an individualized discharge plan within 21 days of that determination. Applicants for registration as agency-affiliated counselors may work in that capacity for up to 60 days while their applications are being processed, but may not provide unsupervised counseling until the background check has been completed.  Additionally, Definitions of “research-based,” “evidence-based,” and “emerging” and “promising” practices are provided.

As amended in the HSC Committee:  Forthcoming.