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Improving access to mental health services for children and youth (Senn, Dent)

Reestablishes the children's mental health work group to: (1) Identify barriers to and opportunities for accessing mental health services for children and families; and (2) Advise the legislature on statewide mental health services for this population. Provides a December 30, 2020, expiration date for the work group. Expands the duties and responsibilities of the following: (1) The state health care authority; (2) The department of social and health services; (3) Behavioral health organizations; (4) Regional service areas; (5) The department of children, youth, and families; (6) The child and adolescent psychiatry residency program at the University of Washington; and (7) The office of the superintendent of public instruction.

SUMMARY OF 1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL BILL
(1) Reestablishes the Children's Mental Health Work Group through the year 2020. (2) Allows provider reimbursement for supervision and partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment programs. (3) Directs the Health Care Authority and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to develop strategies for expanding home visiting. (4) Requires the DCYF to provide infant nurse consultation for child care providers in two regions. (5) Establishes an additional residency in child psychiatry at the University of Washington. (6) Directs an advisory group to make recommendations regarding parentinitiated treatment. (7) Requires the delivery of mental health instruction in two high school pilot sites.

EFFECT OF 2ND SUBSTITUTE (Appropriations)
(1) Removes the provision requiring the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to contract with an infant nurse consultant. (2) Removes the provision establishing a child and adolescent psychiatry residency at the University of Washington.

EFFECT OF HOUSE FLOOR AMENDMENTS
(1) Establishes an additional residency in child psychiatry at the University of Washington effective July 1, 2020. (2) Requires the Health Care Authority to provide staff support for the children's mental health work group and to convene at least two, but not more than four, meetings per year. (3) Specifies that additional support to legislative members of the work group may be provided by Senate Committee Services and the House Office of Program Research. (4) Removes a subsection providing for payment of work group expenses by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2779&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)