Status Summary

First reading, referred to College & Workforce Development on 2.8.21.
 
Public hearing in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development on 2.10.21.
 
Executive action taken in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development on 2.15.21; 1st substituted bill passed and referred to Appropriations.
 
Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.18.21.
 
Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.19.21: 2nd substitute bill passed.  
 
Referred to Rules 2 Review on 2.22.21.
 
Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 3.1.21.
 
2nd substitute bill substituted. Floor amendment(s) adopted.
Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading.
 
In the Senate
First reading, referred to Higher Education & Workforce Development on 3.6.21.
 
Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development on 3.16.21.
 
Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development on 3.18.21; majority pass with amendment(s) and refer to Ways & Means.
 
Referred to Ways & Means on 3.19.21.
 
Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at on 3.30.21.
 
Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 4.2.21; majority pass and passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 4.7.21.
 
Committee amendment(s) adopted with no other amendments. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.10.21.
 
In the House
House concurred in Senate amendments. Passed final passage on 4.14.21.
Speaker signed on 4.20.21.
In the Senate
President signed on 4.21.21.
Other than legislative action
Delivered to Governor on 4.22.21.
(updated 4.30.21) 
 
No change 4.30.21

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Chopp

HB1504 modifies the Workforce Education Investment Act and makes appropriations to strengthen coordinated investments in the behavioral health workforce and meet the growing need for behavioral health services in Washington.

Components of the bill include:

Increases the cap for the Workforce Education Investment surcharge that is imposed on select advanced computing businesses from $9 million annually to $20 million annually. 

Adds workforce education as an allowable use of the Workforce Education Investment Account.

Invests in the areas of greatest need include but are not limited to:
(1) Behavioral health apprenticeships;
(2) Children's mental health professionals;
(3) Peer counselors;
(4) Crisis hotline agents;
(5) Behavioral health residencies for professionals such as psychiatrists and pharmacists;
(6) Substance use disorder professionals;
(7) Community mental health workers; (8) Social workers.

From the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, to June 30, 2023, $4 million shall be appropriated from the Workforce Education Investment Account for the purposes of increasing loan repayment awards within the behavioral health loan repayment program.

Additionally, for the biennium ending June 2023, $900,000 shall also be appropriated from the Workforce Education Investment Account for the purpose of establishing a behavioral health workforce pilot program and training support grants for community mental health and substance abuse treatment providers. 

The Workforce Education Investment account shall be created in the state treasury. Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation.

Substitute Bill Compared to Original:

  • Removes the increase on the Workforce Education Investment Surcharge cap. In addition, the cap limiting state match dollars for the WSOS was increased to $2 million, rather than being eliminated. Last, additional behavioral health professions were listed in the intent section and in the behavioral health workforce pilot program.

2nd substitute:

  • Adds workforce education as an allowable use of the Workforce Education Investment Account. 
  • Requires the Health Care Authority to establish a behavioral health workforce pilot program and provide training support grants to community mental health and substance use disorder treatment providers.
  • Increases the cap on state match dollars for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Advanced Degrees Pathways Account to $2 million per biennium.