#4: Re-imagining Our Crisis Response System for Behavioral Health Emergencies: HB 1477
- Late-session deliberation with a conference committee made up of both House & Senate lawmakers led to successful passage of this bill, delivered to Governor Inslee for signature
- Creates crisis call-center hubs connected to the 988 line
- Language from bill — “[will] Make additional investments to enhance the crisis response system, including the expansion of crisis teams, to be known as mobile rapid response crisis teams, and deployment of a wide array of crisis stabilization services, such as 23-hour crisis stabilization units based on the living room model, crisis stabilization centers, short-term respite facilities, peer-run respite centers, and same-day walk-in behavioral health services. The overall crisis system shall contain components that operate like hospital emergency departments that accept all walk-ins and ambulance, fire, and police drop-offs. Certified peer counselors as well as peers in other roles providing support must be incorporated within the crisis system and along the continuum of crisis care.”
Creating a Peer Credential: HB1349
HB 1349, which seeks to create a peer credential, has to go through a sunrise review before it can move further. All new licensed professions are required to undergo this process, and we anticipate returning to this priority in 2022.
Phew, what a legislative session! We really want to keep our momentum going, and we’re doing just that with our Re-Imagine Recovery Summit on June 28th! Will you join us?
At the Summit we’ll have action tracks to discuss what’s next on some of our advocacy priorities, including the peer credential and criminal legal systems. Registration is $50, and we have a sliding scale available for folks who need it. We can’t be together in person just yet, but we’re excited to be together virtually and send everyone who registers by June 1st a little gift from the WRA.
Thanks for being part of the WRA, and we hope to see you online in June to strategize what comes next!