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Mental Health Bills


House Bill Current Status Notes
 HB-1760 Schools
 SB 5340 Grace period bill
HB-1135 – AN ACT Relating to education-based practice remediation for 2 licensed health and health-related professions
HB-1522 – Improving behavioral health services provided to adults in Washington state. Referred to Health Care & Wellness.  No further action this legislative session. WEF 1/13/2014
HB-1724 – Concerning statements made by juveniles during assessments or screenings for mental health or chemical dependency treatment. Delivered to the Governor for signing.
HB-1882 – Reviewing sexual orientation change efforts for children. Passed the House.  Referred to Senate Health Care & Wellness.  No further action this legislative session. WEF 1/13/2014 – This particular piece of legislation stalled in the Senate Health Care and Wellness Committee. The majority caucus was not interested in reviewing this bill this year.  It is likely that this particular bill will be reintroduced by the House next year.  Its fate in the Senate, if the Senate continues to ‘ruled’ by the majority caucus, is unclear.
HB-1963 – Standards for detention of persons with mental disorders or chemical dependency. Executive session scheduled, but no action was taken in the House Committee on Judiciary.  No further action this legislative session. WEF 1/30/2014
SHB-2195 – Concerning suicide prevention. Delivered to the Governor for signing.
ESHB-2315 – Concerning suicide prevention. Delivered to the Governor for signing.
HB-2451 – Restricting the practice of sexual orientation change efforts. By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.  No further action this legislative session. WEF 3/13/2014
2SHB-2627 – Concerning individuals in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems who suffer from chemical dependency. Died in Senate Rules Committee.
HB-2725 – Concerning court review of involuntary treatment decisions. Passed the House.  By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.  No further action this legislative session. WEF 3/13/2014
Senate Bill Current Status Notes
ESSB-5875 – Concerning a surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance. Delivered to the Governor for signing.
SB-6140 – Concerning the practice settings for certified chemical dependency professionals and trainees. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care. No further action this legislative session. WEF 1/20/2014 – This piece of legislation was not supported by the CDP association(s) and several CDP educational programs.  Due to lack of consensus no action take this session.
SB-6142 – Standards for detention of persons with mental disorders or chemical dependency. First reading, referred to Human Services & Corrections.  No further action this legislative session. WEF 1/16/2014
2SSB-6312 – Concerning state purchasing of mental health and chemical dependency treatment services. Delivered to the Governor for signing.
SB-6363 – Creating the office of the behavioral health ombuds. First reading, referred to Human Services & Corrections.  No further action this legislative session. WEF 1/22/2014
SSB-6431 – Concerning assistance for schools in implementing youth suicide prevention activities. Delivered to the Governor for signing.
SB-6464 – Concerning health insurance coverage options for the citizens of Washington state. By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.  No further action this legislative session. WEF 3/13/2014 – This bill attempted to permit insurance carriers to offer plans that do not meet the new ACA (Obamacare) requirements. While the POTUS permitted insurance carriers to offer non-compliant plans in states that use the federal exchange, Washington State declined to participate in the waiver.  This bill would have allowed insurance carriers in Washington State to offer the POTUS lead.
ESSB-6511 – Addressing the prior authorization of health care services Passed the Senate.  Passed the House.  Signed by Speaker.  Delivered to the Governor for Signature WEF 3/13/2014 – Bill permits the Office of Insurance Commissioner to reauthorize the Workgroup focusing onOneHealthPort and its work on establishing recommendations regarding health care services authorizations, etc.
SSB-6558 – Concerning intensive home and community-based mental health services for Medicaid-eligible children. Died in House Appropriations, but the essence of the proposed bill was incorporated into the final operating budget.