Washington State
House of Representatives
Office of Program Research

Children & Family Services Committee

HB 1052

Brief Description: Creating the prevention quality council.

Sponsors: Representatives Kagi and Kenney; by request of Office of Financial Management.

Brief Summary of Bill
  • Creates the Prevention Quality Council (Council).
  • Requires state agencies operating or funding prevention programs to meet spending levels for evidence-based programs certified by the Council.

Hearing Date: February 10, 2005.

Staff: Cynthia Forland (786-7152).


As part of the 2003-05 state operating budget, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) was required to conduct research concerning the benefits and costs of prevention and early intervention programs for children and youth. The WSIPP was required to:

The WSIPP report, which was completed in September 2004, concluded that certain well-implemented prevention and early intervention programs for youth can achieve significantly
more benefits than costs, and that taxpayers will be better off if investments are made in these successful research-based programs. The WSIPP report also found the following:

Based on these findings, the WSIPP concluded that in order to ensure the best possible return for Washington taxpayers the Legislature and Governor should:

Summary of Bill:

The Prevention Quality Council (Council) is created, and it is provided that the sections of the bill would constitute a new chapter in state law, to be known as "The Prevention and Early Intervention Quality and Accountability Act." The Council is to consist of the following nine members:

The Council is required to meet at least annually to:

The Council is required to contract with the WSIPP to conduct research and to report its findings to the Council and the public. Specifically, the WSIPP is required to:

State agencies identified by the Council as operating or funding prevention programs are required to submit biennial reports to the council containing:

The following definitions apply to the terms used in the bill:

The Council is to select its chair from among the members, and may select such other officers as its members deem necessary. The OFM is required to provide staff services to the Council.

Members of the Council must serve without additional compensation, but legislative members are to be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with state law while attending sessions of the Council or on official business authorized by the Council. Nonlegislative members of the Council are to be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with state law relating to such reimbursement for elective and appointive officials and state employees.

The bill contains a severability clause.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.