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Task forceIntegrated behavioral health services.

*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 5432-S2.SL) ***
(1) The department of social and health services and the authority shall convene a task force including participation by a representative cross-section of behavioral health organizations and behavioral health providers to align regulations between behavioral health and primary health care settings and simplify regulations for behavioral health providers. The alignment must support clinical integration from the standpoint of standardizing practices and culture in a manner that to the extent practicable reduces barriers to access, including reducing the paperwork burden for patients and providers. Brief integrated behavioral health services must not, in general, take longer to document than to provide. Regulations should emphasize the desired outcome rather than how they should be achieved. The task force may also make recommendations to the department of social and health services concerning subsections (2) and (3) of this section.
(2) The department of social and health services shall collaborate with the department of health, the Washington state health care authority, and other appropriate government partners to reduce unneeded costs and burdens to health plans and providers associated with excessive audits, the licensing process, and contracting. In pursuit of this goal, the department of social and health services shall consider steps such as cooperating across divisions and agencies to combine audit functions when multiple audits of an agency or site are scheduled, sharing audit information across divisions and agencies to reduce redundancy of audits, and treating organizations with multiple sites and programs as single entities instead of as multiple agencies.
(3) The department of social and health services shall review its practices under RCW 71.24.035(5)(c)(i) to determine whether its practices comply with the statutory mandate to deem accreditation by recognized behavioral health accrediting bodies as equivalent to meeting licensure requirements, comport with standard practices used by other state divisions or agencies, and properly incentivize voluntary accreditation to the highest industry standards.
(4) The task force described in subsection (1) of this section must consider means to provide notice to parents when a minor requests chemical dependency treatment, which are consistent with federal privacy laws and consistent with the best interests of the minor and the minor's family. The department of social and health services must provide a report to the relevant committees of the legislature by December 1, 2016.


FindingsIntentEffective date2018 c 201: See notes following RCW 41.05.018.
Short titleRight of action2016 sp.s. c 29: See notes following RCW 71.05.010.
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