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SHB 1865: Addressing the behavioral health workforce shortage and expanding access to peer services by creating the profession of certified peer specialists

SHB 1865 creates the profession of certified peer specialists to provide interventions for people receiving behavioral health services. Peer specialists are people in recovery from a mental health condition or substance use disorder or parents/legal guardians of youth receiving behavioral health services. The bill outlines the requirements for a person to receive credentialing as a certified peer specialist or certified peer specialist trainee, including information on developing a peer specialist training course and examination by the Health Care Authority. The Health Care Authority shall establish a peer engagement process to receive suggestions for subjects to be covered in the peer specialist training.  Additionally, the bill establishes the Washington State Certified Peer Specialist Advisory Committee to advise and assist in the administration of policies related to certified peer specialists. The bill also states that the Office of the Insurance Commissioner shall make recommendations to health carriers regarding ways to incorporate certified peer specialists into commercial provider networks.