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Expanding the activities of the children's mental health services consultation program (Brown, Frockt, Carlyle)

Requires the state health care authority, in collaboration with the University of Washington department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Seattle Children's Hospital to implement a program called the partnership access line for moms and kids to: (1) Support primary care providers in the assessment and provision of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of children with mental and behavioral health disorders; (2) Support obstetricians, pediatricians, primary care providers, mental health professionals, and other health care professionals providing care to pregnant women and new mothers, through same-day telephone consultations, in the assessment and provision of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of depression in pregnant women and new mothers; and (3) Facilitate referrals to children's mental health services and other resources for parents and guardians with concerns related to the mental health of the parent or guardian's child.

EFFECT OF 1ST SUBSTITUTE (Ways & Means)
(1) Changes the Partnership Access Line (PAL) program for moms and kids to a two-year pilot. (2) Requires Health Care Authority, in collaboration with University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide annual reporting on program outcomes. (3) Requires Health Care Authority to enforce network adequacy and care coordination requirements in managed care contracts with regard to mental health services.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6452&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)