Status Summary

The bill was heard, amended and passed in the House Approps committee and was in House Rules.
On 2/8, Rules Committee relieved of further consideration and the bill was placed on second reading
The bill was amended and passed by the House and was heard in the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee on 2/20.
On 2/21,the bill was heard and passed in Senate Human Services and Corrections and referred to Ways and Means.
Heard in Ways & Means on 2/24 and exec. action taken on 2/26; majority passed and referred to Rules for second reading.
Placed on second reading by Rules on 2/28.
On 3/1 Rules committee adopted as amended. Rules suspended and placed on third reading. Passed on third reading; yeas, 48; nays, 0; absent, 1; excused, 0.
On 3/5, House concurred in Senate amendments. Final passage; yeas, 88; nays, 10; absent, 0; excused, 0
On 3/8, Speaker signed. The bill needs to be signed by the president of the Senate and then sent to the Governor for action.
(updated 3/8)

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Rep. Senn

2779 re-establishes the Children's Mental Health Work Group through Dec, 2020. 

Additionally, the bill:

  • Re-establishes the Children's Mental Health Work Group through the year 2020
  • Allows provider reimbursement for supervision and partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment programs
  • Directs the Health Care Authority and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to develop strategies for expanding home visiting.
  • Requires the DCYF to provide infant nurse consultation for child care providers in two regions
  • Establishes an additional residency in Child Psychiatry at the University of Washington
  • Directs an advisory group to make recommendations regarding Parent-Initiated Treatment and Age of Consent
  • Requires the delivery of mental health instruction in two high school pilot sites

*Companion to SB 6485

As amended by the Early Learning and Human Services Committee on 1/19, HB 2779 adds a pediatrician located east of the crest of the Cascade mountains as a member of the Children’s Mental Health Work Group. 

It also adds a child psychiatrist as a member of the work group, increases the number of co-chairs from two to three, requires two co-chairs to be legislators representing the minority and majority caucuses in the House of Reps. 

The amendments require that the work group monitor the implementation of programs and policies related to children’s mental health and also changes responsibility for developing common definitions, a statewide strategy, and maximizing resources for Home Visiting from the Health Care Authority to DCYF.

Amendments in Appropriations removed the provision requiring DCYF to contract with an infant nurse consultant and removed the provision establishing a child and adolescent psychiatry residency at the University of Washington.

As amended on the House floor on 2/12, re-established is the residency in child psychiatry at the University of Washington effective July 1, 2020.

Amendments in the Senate Human Service & Corrections Committee modify the construct of the leadership of the group to the previous status.
Language is modified to reflect two co-chairs: one must be a member of the legislature and one must be from the executive branch.

Language is removed that indicates that the work group shall choose three co-chairs with 2 representing the minority and majority caucuses in the House of Representatives