RCW 43.20A.895: Adult behavioral health system—Improvement strategy. (Effective until April 1, 2016.)


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RCW 43.20A.895









Adult behavioral health system—Improvement strategy. (Effective until April 1, 2016.)












(1) The systems responsible for financing, administration, and delivery of publicly funded mental health and chemical dependency services to adults must be designed and administered to achieve improved outcomes for adult clients served by those systems through increased use and development of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices, as defined in RCW 71.24.025. For purposes of this section, client outcomes include: Improved health status; increased participation in employment and education; reduced involvement with the criminal justice system; enhanced safety and access to treatment for forensic patients; reduction in avoidable utilization of and costs associated with hospital, emergency room, and crisis services; increased housing stability; improved quality of life, including measures of recovery and resilience; and decreased population level disparities in access to treatment and treatment outcomes.
(2) The department and the health care authority must implement a strategy for the improvement of the adult behavioral health system.
(a) The department must establish a steering committee that includes at least the following members: Behavioral health service recipients and their families; local government; representatives of regional support networks; representatives of county coordinators; law enforcement; city and county jails; tribal representatives; behavioral health service providers, including at least one chemical dependency provider and at least one psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner; housing providers; medicaid managed care plan representatives; long-term care service providers; organizations representing health care professionals providing services in mental health settings; the Washington state hospital association; the Washington state medical association; individuals with expertise in evidence-based and research-based behavioral health service practices; and the health care authority.
(b) The adult behavioral health system improvement strategy must include:
(i) An assessment of the capacity of the current publicly funded behavioral health services system to provide evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices;
(ii) Identification, development, and increased use of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices;
(iii) Design and implementation of a transparent quality management system, including analysis of current system capacity to implement outcomes reporting and development of baseline and improvement targets for each outcome measure provided in this section;
(iv) Identification and phased implementation of service delivery, financing, or other strategies that will promote improvement of the behavioral health system as described in this section and incentivize the medical care, behavioral health, and long-term care service delivery systems to achieve the improvements described in this section and collaborate across systems. The strategies must include phased implementation of public reporting of outcome and performance measures in a form that allows for comparison of performance and levels of improvement between geographic regions of Washington; and
(v) Identification of effective methods for promoting workforce capacity, efficiency, stability, diversity, and safety.
(c) The department must seek private foundation and federal grant funding to support the adult behavioral health system improvement strategy.
(d) By May 15, 2014, the Washington state institute for public policy, in consultation with the department, the University of Washington evidence-based practice institute, the University of Washington alcohol and drug abuse institute, and the Washington institute for mental health research and training, shall prepare an inventory of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices for prevention and intervention services pursuant to subsection (1) of this section. The department shall use the inventory in preparing the behavioral health improvement strategy. The department shall provide the institute with data necessary to complete the inventory.
(e) By August 1, 2014, the department must report to the governor and the relevant fiscal and policy committees of the legislature on the status of implementation of the behavioral health improvement strategy, including strategies developed or implemented to date, timelines, and costs to accomplish phased implementation of the adult behavioral health system improvement strategy.
(3) The department must contract for the services of an independent consultant to review the provision of forensic mental health services in Washington state and provide recommendations as to whether and how the state's forensic mental health system should be modified to provide an appropriate treatment environment for individuals with mental disorders who have been charged with a crime while enhancing the safety and security of the public and other patients and staff at forensic treatment facilities. By August 1, 2014, the department must submit a report regarding the recommendations of the independent consultant to the governor and the relevant fiscal and policy committees of the legislature.
[2013 c 338 § 2.]

NOTES:

Task force—2013 c 338: "(1)(a) Beginning May 1, 2014, the legislature shall convene a task force to examine reform of the adult behavioral health system, with voting members as provided in this subsection.
(i) The president of the senate shall appoint one member from each of the two largest caucuses of the senate.
(ii) The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint one member from each of the two largest caucuses in the house of representatives.
(iii) The governor shall appoint five members consisting of the secretary of the department of social and health services or the secretary's designee, the director of the health care authority or the director's designee, the director of the office of financial management or the director's designee, the secretary of the department of corrections or the secretary's designee, and a representative of the governor.
(iv) The governor shall request participation by a representative of tribal governments.
(b) The task force shall choose two cochairs from among its legislative members.
(c) The task force shall adopt a bottom-up approach and welcome input and participation from all stakeholders interested in the improvement of the adult behavioral health system. To that end, the task force must invite participation from, at a minimum, the following: Behavioral health service recipients and their families; local government; representatives of regional support networks; representatives of county coordinators; law enforcement; city and county jails; tribal representatives; behavioral health service providers; housing providers; labor representatives; counties with state hospitals; mental health advocates; public defenders with involuntary mental health commitment or mental health court experience; medicaid managed care plan representatives; long-term care service providers; the Washington state hospital association; and individuals with expertise in evidence-based and research-based behavioral health service practices. Leadership of subcommittees formed by the task force may be drawn from this body of invited participants.
(2) The task force shall undertake a systemwide review of the adult behavioral health system and make recommendations for reform concerning, but not limited to, the following:
(a) The means by which services are delivered for adults with mental illness and chemical dependency disorders;
(b) Availability of effective means to promote recovery and prevent harm associated with mental illness;
(c) Crisis services, including boarding of mental health patients outside of regularly certified treatment beds;
(d) Best practices for cross-system collaboration between behavioral health treatment providers, medical care providers, long-term care service providers, entities providing health home services to high-risk medicaid clients, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies; and
(e) Public safety practices involving persons with mental illness with forensic involvement.
(3) Staff support for the task force must be provided by the senate committee services and the house of representatives office of program research.
(4) Legislative members of the task force must be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 44.04.120. Nonlegislative members, except those representing an employer or organization, are entitled to be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.
(5) The expenses of the task force must be paid jointly by the senate and house of representatives. Task force expenditures are subject to approval by the senate facilities and operations committee and the house of representatives executive rules committee, or their successor committees.
(6) The task force shall report its findings and recommendations to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature by January 1, 2015.
(7) This section expires June 1, 2015." [2013 c 338 § 1.]

RCW 43.20A.895

Adult behavioral health system—Improvement strategy. (Effective April 1, 2016.)

(1) The systems responsible for financing, administration, and delivery of publicly funded mental health and chemical dependency services to adults must be designed and administered to achieve improved outcomes for adult clients served by those systems through increased use and development of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices, as defined in RCW 71.24.025. For purposes of this section, client outcomes include: Improved health status; increased participation in employment and education; reduced involvement with the criminal justice system; enhanced safety and access to treatment for forensic patients; reduction in avoidable utilization of and costs associated with hospital, emergency room, and crisis services; increased housing stability; improved quality of life, including measures of recovery and resilience; and decreased population level disparities in access to treatment and treatment outcomes.
(2) The department and the health care authority must implement a strategy for the improvement of the adult behavioral health system.
(a) The department must establish a steering committee that includes at least the following members: Behavioral health service recipients and their families; local government; representatives of behavioral health organizations; representatives of county coordinators; law enforcement; city and county jails; tribal representatives; behavioral health service providers, including at least one chemical dependency provider and at least one psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner; housing providers; medicaid managed care plan representatives; long-term care service providers; organizations representing health care professionals providing services in mental health settings; the Washington state hospital association; the Washington state medical association; individuals with expertise in evidence-based and research-based behavioral health service practices; and the health care authority.
(b) The adult behavioral health system improvement strategy must include:
(i) An assessment of the capacity of the current publicly funded behavioral health services system to provide evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices;
(ii) Identification, development, and increased use of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices;
(iii) Design and implementation of a transparent quality management system, including analysis of current system capacity to implement outcomes reporting and development of baseline and improvement targets for each outcome measure provided in this section;
(iv) Identification and phased implementation of service delivery, financing, or other strategies that will promote improvement of the behavioral health system as described in this section and incentivize the medical care, behavioral health, and long-term care service delivery systems to achieve the improvements described in this section and collaborate across systems. The strategies must include phased implementation of public reporting of outcome and performance measures in a form that allows for comparison of performance and levels of improvement between geographic regions of Washington; and
(v) Identification of effective methods for promoting workforce capacity, efficiency, stability, diversity, and safety.
(c) The department must seek private foundation and federal grant funding to support the adult behavioral health system improvement strategy.
(d) By May 15, 2014, the Washington state institute for public policy, in consultation with the department, the University of Washington evidence-based practice institute, the University of Washington alcohol and drug abuse institute, and the Washington institute for mental health research and training, shall prepare an inventory of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices for prevention and intervention services pursuant to subsection (1) of this section. The department shall use the inventory in preparing the behavioral health improvement strategy. The department shall provide the institute with data necessary to complete the inventory.
(e) By August 1, 2014, the department must report to the governor and the relevant fiscal and policy committees of the legislature on the status of implementation of the behavioral health improvement strategy, including strategies developed or implemented to date, timelines, and costs to accomplish phased implementation of the adult behavioral health system improvement strategy.
(3) The department must contract for the services of an independent consultant to review the provision of forensic mental health services in Washington state and provide recommendations as to whether and how the state's forensic mental health system should be modified to provide an appropriate treatment environment for individuals with mental disorders who have been charged with a crime while enhancing the safety and security of the public and other patients and staff at forensic treatment facilities. By August 1, 2014, the department must submit a report regarding the recommendations of the independent consultant to the governor and the relevant fiscal and policy committees of the legislature.
[2014 c 225 § 64; 2013 c 338 § 2.]

NOTES:

Effective date—2014 c 225: See note following RCW 71.24.016.

Task force—2014 c 225; 2013 c 338: "(1)(a) Beginning April 1, 2014, the legislature shall convene a task force to examine reform of the adult behavioral health system, with voting members as provided in this subsection.
(i) The president of the senate shall appoint one member and one alternate member from each of the two largest caucuses of the senate.
(ii) The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint one member and one alternate member from each of the two largest caucuses in the house of representatives.
(iii) The governor shall appoint three members consisting of the secretary of the department of social and health services or the secretary's designee, the director of the health care authority or the director's designee, and a representative of the governor.
(iv) The Washington state association of counties shall appoint three members.
(v) The governor shall request participation by a representative of tribal governments.
(b) The task force shall choose two cochairs from among its legislative members.
(c) The task force shall adopt a bottom-up approach and welcome input and participation from all stakeholders interested in the improvement of the adult behavioral health system. To that end, the task force must invite participation from, at a minimum, the following: The department of commerce; the department of corrections; the office of financial management; behavioral health service recipients and their families; local government; representatives of regional support networks; representatives of county coordinators; law enforcement; city and county jails; tribal representatives; behavioral health service providers; housing providers; labor representatives; counties with state hospitals; mental health advocates; chemical dependency advocates; public defenders with involuntary mental health commitment or mental health court experience; chemical dependency experts working with drug courts; medicaid managed care plan and associated delivery system representatives; long-term care service providers; the Washington state hospital association; and individuals with expertise in evidence-based and research-based behavioral health service practices. Leadership of subcommittees formed by the task force may be drawn from this body of invited participants.
(2) The task force shall undertake a systemwide review of the adult behavioral health system and make recommendations for reform concerning, but not limited to, the following:
(a) The means by which services are purchased and delivered for adults with mental illness and chemical dependency disorders through the department of social and health services and the health care authority, including:
(i) Guidance for the creation of common regional service areas for purchasing behavioral health services and medical care services by the department of social and health services and the health care authority, taking into consideration any proposal submitted by the Washington state association of counties under RCW 43.20A.893;
(ii) Identification of key issues which must be addressed by the department of social and health services to accomplish the integration of chemical dependency purchasing primarily with managed care contracts by April 1, 2016, under RCW 71.24.380, including review of the results of any available actuarial study to establish provider rates;
(iii) Strategies for moving towards full integration of medical and behavioral health services by January 1, 2020, and identification of key issues that must be addressed by the health care authority and the department of social and health services in furtherance of this goal;
(iv) By August 1, 2014, a review of performance measures and outcomes developed pursuant to RCW 43.20A.895 and chapter 70.320 RCW;
(v) Review criteria developed by the department of social and health services and the health care authority concerning submission of detailed plans and requests for early adoption of fully integrated purchasing and incentives under RCW 71.24.380;
(vi) Whether a statewide behavioral health ombuds office should be created;
(vii) Whether the state chemical dependency program should be mandated to provide twenty-four hour detoxification services, medication-assisted outpatient treatment, or contracts for case management and residential treatment services for pregnant and parenting women;
(viii) Review legal, clinical, and technological obstacles to sharing relevant health care information related to mental health, chemical dependency, and physical health across practice settings; and
(ix) Review the extent and causes of variations in commitment rates in different jurisdictions across the state;
(b) Availability of effective means to promote recovery and prevent harm associated with mental illness and chemical dependency;
(c) Availability of crisis services, including boarding of mental health patients outside of regularly certified treatment beds;
(d) Best practices for cross-system collaboration between behavioral health treatment providers, medical care providers, long-term care service providers, entities providing health home services to high-risk medicaid clients, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies;
(e) Public safety practices involving persons with mental illness and chemical dependency with forensic involvement.
(3) Staff support for the task force must be provided by the senate committee services and the house of representatives office of program research.
(4) Legislative members of the task force must be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 44.04.120. Nonlegislative members, except those representing an employer or organization, are entitled to be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.
(5) The expenses of the task force must be paid jointly by the senate and house of representatives. Task force expenditures are subject to approval by the senate facilities and operations committee and the house of representatives executive rules committee, or their successor committees.
(6) The task force shall report initial findings and recommendations to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature in a preliminary report by December 15, 2014, and a final report by December 15, 2015. Recommendations under subsection (2)(a)(i) of this section must be submitted to the governor by September 1, 2014.
(7) This section expires July 1, 2016." [2014 c 225 § 1; 2013 c 338 § 1.]

Effective date—2014 c 225 § 1: "Section 1 of this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [April 4, 2014]." [2014 c 225 § 111.]

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