HB 1907 amends, reenacts, and adds new sections to several RCWs relating to the substance use disorder treatment system.
First, the legislature specifies that the HCA may provide technical assistance to staff at secure withdrawal management and stabilization facilities and approved substance use disorder treatment programs to improve suicide assessment, treatment, and management.
Section 2 of this act amends the definitions provided in RCW 71.05.020 to establish subsection (35)(c), which declares “likelihood of serious harm” to include a “reasonable certainty that the person will suffer severe physical or mental harm as manifested by recent behavior, demonstrating an inability to avoid risk or to protect the person from impairment or injury.”
It is important to note that section 2 begins the process of modifying the language regarding “detoxification” to “withdrawal management and stabilization,” however, this act specifies several amendments to various RCWs adjusting the same definition.
Sections 23-25 establish new sections to RCW chapter 71.24 regarding Medicaid payment for health care services provided by an approved substance use disorder treatment program for services delivered to be at a rate not less than 100% of the payment rate that applies to services furnished by a licensed evaluation and treatment facility. Furthermore, the HCA shall develop a reimbursement methodology for ambulance services when transporting individual to a substance use disorder treatment program.
RCW 71.24.037 is amended to included that the Department of Health (DOH) must develop a process by which a provider may obtain dual licensure as an evaluation and treatment facility and a secure withdrawal management and stabilization facility.
Conclusively, sections 46 and 47 of this act determine the expiration and effective dates for various sections of this act.
Updated on 4.12.19:
- Removed provisions related to the reimbursement rate for substance use disorder treatment and ambulance services; and
- Removed the provision related to technical assistance and mental health training to secure withdrawal management and stabilization facilities.
The Appropriations Committee recommended:
- Removing language that modified the definition of “likelihood of serious harm” under the Involuntary Treatment Act.
- Within existing resources, the Health Care Authority (Authority) shall develop an addendum to designated crisis responder statewide protocols in consultation with representatives of designated crisis responders, the Department of Social and Health Services, local government, law enforcement, county and city prosecutors, public defenders, and groups concerned with mental illness and substance use disorders.
- The addendum must update the current protocols to address implementation of the integration of mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems, to include the applicability of commitment criteria and general processes for referrals and investigations of individuals with substance use disorders.
- The Authority shall adopt and submit the addendum to the Governor and the Legislature by December 1, 2019.
Senate (Updated on 4.12.19):
- Expanded the definition of secure withdrawal management and stabilization facility to include voluntary treatment and treatment and stabilization services.
Allowed for a petition for 14 or 180 days of involuntary substance use disorder treatment of a minor to be signed by a chemical dependency professional instead of a mental health professional and an advanced registered nurse practitioner instead of a psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner.