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Developing Behavioral Health Organizations

Better Care Through Integrated Behavioral Health Organizations

The 2014 State Legislature passed Senate Bill 6312, directing DSHS to change how it purchases mental health and chemical dependency services. 

Currently, the state purchases mental health and chemical dependency services from two separate systems: Regional Support Networks and counties.  Beginning in 2016, these services will be purchased by regionally operated Behavioral Health Organizations (BHOs) through a managed-care structure. 

This page will be updated as more information is available. Questions or comments about the BHO transition may be emailed to BHOtransition@dshs.wa.gov.

Transition Resources