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Children's mental healthAuthority's duties. (Effective until January 1, 2020.)

(1) For children who are eligible for medical assistance and who have been identified as requiring mental health treatment, the authority must oversee the coordination of resources and services through (a) the managed health care system as defined in RCW 74.09.325 and (b) tribal organizations providing health care services. The authority must ensure the child receives treatment and appropriate care based on their assessed needs, regardless of whether the referral occurred through primary care, school-based services, or another practitioner.
(2) The authority must require each managed health care system as defined in RCW 74.09.325 and each behavioral health organization to develop and maintain adequate capacity to facilitate child mental health treatment services in the community or transfers to a behavioral health organization, depending on the level of required care. Managed health care systems and behavioral health organizations must:
(a) Follow up with individuals to ensure an appointment has been secured;
(b) Coordinate with and report back to primary care provider offices on individual treatment plans and medication management, in accordance with patient confidentiality laws;
(c) Provide information to health plan members and primary care providers about the behavioral health resource line available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; and
(d) Maintain an accurate list of providers contracted to provide mental health services to children and youth. The list must contain current information regarding the providers' availability to provide services. The current list must be made available to health plan members and primary care providers.
(3) This section expires June 30, 2020.

NOTES:

Sustainable solutions for the integration of behavioral and physical health2017 c 226: See note following RCW 74.09.497.

Children's mental healthAuthority's dutiesManaged health care system requirements. (Effective January 1, 2020, until June 30, 2020.)

(1) For children who are eligible for medical assistance and who have been identified as requiring mental health treatment, the authority must oversee the coordination of resources and services through (a) the managed health care system as defined in RCW 74.09.325 and (b) tribal organizations providing health care services. The authority must ensure the child receives treatment and appropriate care based on their assessed needs, regardless of whether the referral occurred through primary care, school-based services, or another practitioner.
(2) The authority must require each managed health care system as defined in RCW 74.09.325 to develop and maintain adequate capacity to facilitate child mental health treatment services in the community. Managed health care systems must:
(a) Follow up with individuals to ensure an appointment has been secured;
(b) Coordinate with and report back to primary care provider offices on individual treatment plans and medication management, in accordance with patient confidentiality laws;
(c) Provide information to health plan members and primary care providers about the behavioral health resource line available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; and
(d) Maintain an accurate list of providers contracted to provide mental health services to children and youth. The list must contain current information regarding the providers' availability to provide services. The current list must be made available to health plan members and primary care providers.
(3) This section expires June 30, 2020.

NOTES:

Effective date2019 c 325: See note following RCW 71.24.011.
Sustainable solutions for the integration of behavioral and physical health2017 c 226: See note following RCW 74.09.497.
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