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Mental Health Services

Capacity and Demand Study for Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital and Community
Requires the Department of Social and Health Services, in consultation with the appropriate committees of the legislature, to assess the current and needed residential capacity for crisis response and ongoing treatment services for persons in need of treatment for mental disorders and chemical dependency. In addition to considering the demand for persons with either a mental disorder or chemical dependency, the assessment shall consider the demand for services for mentally ill offenders, and persons with co-occurring disorders, mental disorders caused by traumatic brain injury or dementia, and drug induced psychosis.

Authorization:
Chapter 166, Laws of 2004, Sections 22
Type of Report:
Annual
Report Date:
December 2004 (PDF)
September 2005 (PDF)
 
Federal Medicaid Funds for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment for Children
Requires the department to report to the appropriate committees of the legislature on the feasibility, costs, benefits, and time frame to access federal Medicaid funds for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Authorization:
Chapter 504, Laws of 2005, Sections 102
Type of Report:
One-Time
Report Date:
December 2005 (PDF)
 
Forensic Competency Evaluation and Restoration - Strategies to Minimize Waiting Periods
Requires the department to report to the legislature with an analysis of several alternative strategies for addressing increases in forensic population and minimizing waiting periods for competency evaluation and restoration. The report shall discuss, at a minimum, the costs and advantages of, and barriers to co-locating professional persons in jails, performing restoration treatment in less restrictive alternatives than the state hospitals, and the use of regional jail facilities to accomplish competency evaluation and restoration.

Authorization:
Chapter 504, Laws of 2005, Sections 506(2)
Type of Report:
One-Time
Report Date:
June 2006 (PDF)
 
JLARC Mental Health System Performance Audit Report
Requires the department to submit a report to the legislature on the status of implementation of the recommendations made in the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) Performance Audit of the Mental Health system.

Authorization:
RCW 71.24.820
Type of Report:
Annual
Report Date:
June 2002 (PDF)
June 2003 (PDF)
 
Mental Health System Administrative Reduction Study
Directs the department to work with appropriate stakeholders to complete a plan to reduce mental health system administrative expenses to ten percent of available funds and make recommendations to the Governor and the legislature by October 1, 2002. Authorization: Chapter 323, Laws of 2001, Section 20 Partial Veto
Type of Report:
One-Time
Report Date:
October 2002 (PDF)
 
Mentally Ill Offender Community Transition Program (MIO-CTP)
Outcomes of specialized access and services to mentally ill offenders upon release from total confinement who meet service program entrance criteria.

Authorization: RCW 71.24.460
Type of Report:
Annual

Report Date:
December 2001 (PDF)
December 2002 (PDF)
December 2003 (PDF)
December 2004 During the 2003-2005 fiscal biennium, the requirement is suspended that the department issue the reports required by the following statutes; however, the department shall continue to maintain any required data.
December 2005 (PDF)
December 2006 (PDF)
December 2007 (PDF)
December 2008 (PDF)
 
Prevalence of Serious Mental Illness in Washington State
This report presents the results of a study of the prevalence of serious mental illness in Washington State.

Authorization: Chapter 7, Laws of 2001, Section 204(5)(c) and Chapter 25, Laws of 2003, Section 204(5)(b)
Type of Report:
Annual
Report Date:
December 2003 (PDF)
 
Protocols: County Designated Mental Health Professionals
An update of the state-wide protocols for professional persons and county designated mental health professionals in administration of Chapter 71.05.214 and 10.77 RCW. These protocols provide uniform development and application of criteria in evaluation and commitment recommendations, of persons who have, or are alleged to have mental disorders and are subject to Chapter 71.05 RCW.

Authorization:
RCW 71.05.214
Type of Report:
Every three years
Report Date:
September 2002 (PDF)
September 2005 (PDF)
September 2008 (PDF)
December 2011 (PDF)
 
RSN Administration of a Portion of Funds Appropriated to State Psychiatric Hospitals
Requires the department to submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Senate and House of Representatives on the efforts to implement this Section 17 by October 1, 2002. Sec. 17: Prohibits the department from determining the roles and responsibilities of county authorities as to each other under regional support networks by rule, except to assure that all duties required of regional support networks are assigned and that counties and the regional support network do not duplicate functions and that a single authority has final responsibility for all available resources and performance under the regional support network's contract with the Secretary.

Authorization:
RCW 71.24.300(I)(e)
Type of Report:
One-Time
Report Date:
October 2002 (PDF)
 
Statewide Mental Health Performance Indicators
Requires the department to provide a report to the appropriate committees of the legislature on the development and implementation of the use of performance measures by October 2002.

Authorization:
Chapter 7, Laws of 2001, Section 204(5)(b), Uncodified
Type of Report:
One-Time
Report Date:
October 2002 (PDF)
 
Status of Implementation of the August 2002 JLARC Recommendation Regarding Children's Mental Health
Requires the department to provide a report to the appropriate committees of the legislature in 2002 JLARC produced a study of the public mental health system for children and the recommendation for improvements to services and system performance, including the need for performance and client outcome measures. The report provides preliminary details of tasks and activities undertaken by the department, with the assistance of OSPI to implement the statutory of RCW 71.35.040 to implement four of the JLARC Children's Mental Health Study recommendations

Authorization: 71.36.050(1)
Type of Report:
One-Time
Report Date:
June 2006 (PDF)
 
Workplace Safety in State Hospitals
Chapter 72.23 RCW requires each state hospital to develop a plan to reasonably prevent and protect their employees from violence at those hospitals and directs the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to provide an annual report to the legislature on efforts to reduce violence in the hospitals.

Authorization:
Chapter 187, L05, Sec. 1 and RCW 72.23.450
Type of Report:
Annual
Report Date:
September 2002 (PDF)
September 2005 (PDF)
December 2006 (PDF)
September 2007 (PDF)
September 2008 (PDF)
September 2009 (PDF)

September 2010 (PDF)
September 2011 (PDF)
September 2012 (PDF)
 
State Hospital Ward Sizes, Discharge Practices & Community Placement Issues
Chapter 329, Laws of 2008, Section 204(4c) requires the department to report on ward sizes at Eastern and Western State Hospitals and patient case mix by ward; discharge practices for state hospitals to include the Child Study and Treatment Center and community placements to include placements for adults and children.

Authorization:
Chapter 329, Laws of 2008, Section 204(4c)
Type of Report:
One time
Report Date:
March 2009
 
System Transformation Initiative

Requires the department to provide an update to the legislature on the following four areas of planning and studies:

- Preparation of a plan for the expansion of housing options for people with persistent mental health illness
- The development of a utilization management system to assure people receive appropriate levels and durations of inpatient care
- A review of the state's involuntary commitment statute
- A study of alternative approaches to establishing Medicaid managed care rates with particular emphasis on approaches that emphasize defined benefit levels and risk adjustment.


Authorization:
Chapter 333, Laws of 2006 & Chapter 372 Section 204(i)(j) Laws of 2006

Type of Report:
One Time

Report Date:
January 2008 (PDF)
 
Consumer Directed Mental Health Care
Substitute House Bill 2654 directed the department to prepare a report on strategies for developing consumer and family run services.

Authorization:
SHB 2654, Section1

Type of Report:
One-time
Report Date:
January 2009 (PDF)
 
Co-Occurring Disorders Among DSHS Clients
Section 601 (2) of the Omnibus Treatment of Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders Act of 2005 directed the department to adopt an integrated and comprehensive screening and assessment process to identify indications of mental illness, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders (COD). This also required the use of a screening tool that can be used by intake personnel system-wide and which will identify the most common types of co-occurring disorders.

Authorization:
Section 601(2), Omnibus Treatment of Mental & Substance Abuse Disorders Action of 2005

Type of Report:
One time
Report Date:
December 2008 (PDF)

Persons with Mental Illness - Transfer to Secure Facilities
RCW 10.77.091, Chapter 263, Laws of 2010 - ESB 6610 Section 2, directs the department to report to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature regarding the use of the authority under this section to transfer persons to a secure facility.

Authorization:     RCW 10.77.091, Chapter 263, Laws of 2010 - ESSB 6610 Section 2
Type of Report:   Every 6 months
Report Date:        December 2010 (PDF)
Children's Mental Health
The department is required to develop recommendations for increasing access to and improving the quality of children's mental health services and developing and implementing policies that improve care coordination and medication management in treatment of behavioral health and emotional disorders in children.

Authorization:     Chapter 359 Laws of 2007 Section 4(3) & 5(1-2) - 2SHB 1088
Type of Report:   One time

Report Date:        June 2010 (PDF)
Transition Plan for Remaining Intensive Inpatient Beds

The supplemental operating budget from the 2012 legislative session, directs the department
to shift contracts for a minimum of 32 intensive inpatient beds currently provided in the settings
that are considered IMDs into two or more facilities with no more than 16 beds.  The budge also
directed the department to submit a plan to the Office of Financial Management and to the
relevant fiscal committees of the legislature for transitioning all remaining intensive inpatient
beds.


Authorization:      2ESHB 2127 Section 208(5)
Type of Report:    One-time

Report Date:         December 2012


Mental Health Treatment Facilities' Compliance with RCW 71.34.375

Substitute Senate Bill 5187 requires a hospital emergency room or inpatient psychiatric
facility which provides services to minors to inform a parent or guardian of a minor who is
seeking treatment for that minor of all statutorily available treatment options, including the
option for parent-initiated treatment.  The department is required to report on facilities'
compliance in impmementing the RCW 71.34.375.

Authorization:      Chapter 302, Laws of 2011, Section 5(2) - SSB 5187
Type of Report:    One-time

Report Date:         December 2012


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