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HB 1349: Concerning peer specialists

HB1349 creates new law about the educating, credentialing, and licensing of licensed peer specialists. The law also establishes a Washington state Licensed Peer Specialist Advisory Committee, defines the committee members, terms of agreement, and that the department must adopt recommendations put forth by the committee.  
HB1349 directs that behavioral health agencies must reduce the caseload for approved supervisors who are providing supervision to licensed peer specialist and establishes that, by January 1, 2022, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner will make recommendations to health carriers regarding appropriate use of licensed peer specialists, network adequacy, and steps to incorporate them into commercial provider networks.