Legislation


HB 1394 (see companion bill SB 5431) – Washington

Status: Enacted
Year Introduced: 2019
Link: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1394&Year=2019&Initiative=false

Concerning community facilities needed to ensure a continuum of care for behavioral health patients. Exempting psychiatric beds from Certificate of Need. Establishes intensive behavioral health treatment facilities and provides for the licensing and certification of these facilities by the Department of Health. Establishes a pilot program for mental health drop-in centers and requires the Health Care Authority to submit reports on the results to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the Legislature by December 1, 2020, and December 1, 2021. Directs the Health Care Authority to assess the capacity of hospitals and evaluation and treatment facilities to become credentialed to provide longterm mental health placements and to contract with those hospitals and evaluation and treatment facilities that choose to provide such services. Suspends certificate of need requirements for certain hospitals that are either adding new psychiatric beds, changing the use of current beds to psychiatric uses, or constructing new psychiatric hospitals.


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