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Legislative Reports

Reports by Month

JANUARY

Nursing Homes - Physicians Employment
In April 2011, the legislature passed SHB 1315 concerning employment of physicians by nursing homes.  The law required the department to submit a one-time report on consumer satisfaction and medical cost implications of including physicians on staff in nursing facilities.

Authorization:     SHB 1315, C228 Laws of 2011 Section 3
Type of Report:  One-Time
Report Date:       January 2013 (PDF)
2012 Kinship Care Oversight Report
The Kinship Care Oversight committee was formed in 2003 to provide guidance in identifying, supporting and strengthening kinship care families.  Kinship care includes relatives caring for children on a dependency order within the child welfare system as well as relaties caring for children not formally involved with the public child welfare system.  The committee is required to submit a report.

Authorization:     RCW 74.13.621, Chapter 50 Laws of 2011
Type of Report:  Annual (expires 06/30/13)
Report Date:       January 2013 (PDF)
2012 Racial Disproportionality in WA State
As required by the legislature, this report explains efforts by the Dept. of Social &b Health Services to remediate racial disproportionality in the Washington state child welfare system.

Authorization:      RCW 74.13.096, Chapter 465 Laws of 2007 (SHB 1472)
Type of Report:   Annual
Report Date:       January 2013 (PDF)
TBI Council - Implementation of the Comprehensive Statewide Plan
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) alters the lives of individuals living in WA State.  National estimates indicate that there are nearly 135,000 individuals living with TBI related disabilities.  The comprehensive statewide plan addresses the unique needs of WA citizens living with, or affected by, TBI.

Authorization:     RCW 74.13.030(3)
Type of Report:  Every 2 years
Report Date:      January 2013 (PDF)
WorkFirst Wage Progression Report - 2nd Quarter 2012
RCW 74.08A.411 mandates a quarterly report on performance measures of WorkFirst clients 12, 24 and 36 months after leaving the program.  Performance measures reported under this requirement are:  Percentage increase in earnings and hourly wage; Percentage of WorkFirst returns.

Authorization:     RCW 74.08A.411
Type of Report:  Quarterly
Report Date:      January 2013 (PDF)
Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Incentive Payments System Design
The Department of Social & Health Services and the Department of Health are required to consult with the WA State Health Care Association and Aging Services of WA to design a quality incentive payment program for skilled nursing facilities and submit the design of the system to the legislature.

Authorization:     RCW 74.48.090, 3ESHB 2127, Ch. 7, Laws of '12, S921(1)
Type of Report:  One-time
Report Date:      January 2013 (PDF)
JLARC - Involuntary Treatment Act Judicial Cost Reimbursement
Legislation in 2011 (SSB 5531) created a process for Regional Support Networks (RSNs) reimbursement of counties' actual judicial costs associated with the county-prosecuted Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) cases.  The same legislation directed the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to asses the actual direct costs of providing judicial services for involuntary civil commitments ineach county; review and analyze the reasons for differences in costs among counties; and identify issues and methods for updating the cdosts to reflect changes over time.

Authorization:     Follow-up to JLARC report SSB 5531 Section 3
Type of Report:  One-time
Report Date:      January 2013 (PDF)


FEBRUARY



MARCH

WorkFirst Expenditure Report
The department is required to submit an expenditure report to the fiscal committees of the legislature and the legislative-executive WorkFirst Oversight Task Force.

Authorization:     Chapter 217, Laws of 2012, Section 1(2)(c )
Type of Report:   Quarterly
Report Date:       March 2013 (PDF)

Forensic Admissions & Evaluations - Performance Targets
On May 1, 2012, RCW 10.77 was amended by SSB 6492.  The amendment made changes to the evaluation process, set timelines for the admission and evaluation of forensic mental health patients and required the State Hospitals to set up a system of reporting and accountability when performance targets were not met.

Authorization:     RCW 10.77.068, SSB 6492
Type of Report:   Quarterly
Report Date:      March 2013 (PDF)



APRIL




MAY

Annual Quality Assurance Report
The Department is required to prepare an annual quality assurance report that includes but is not limited to  performance outcomes regarding health and safety of children in the children's services system, children's length of stay in out-of-home placement from each date of referral, adherence to permanency planning timelines and the response time on child protective services investigations differentiated by risk level determined at intake.

Authorization:     RCW 43.20A.870
Type of Report:   Annual
Report Date:       May 2013 (PDF)

 
 



JUNE

Evidence-based and Research-based Practices Baseline Report
 
In accordance with E2SHB 2536, the Department and the Health Care Authority (HCA) must complete a baseline assessment of utilization of evidence-based and research-based practices in teh areas of child welfare, juvenile rehabilitation and children's mental heatlh services by June 30, 2013.

Authorization:      E2SHB 2536
Type of Report:   One-time
Report Date:       June 2013
Forensic Admissions & Evaluations - Performance Targets
On May 1, 2012, RCW 10.77 was amended by SSB 6492.  The amendment made changes to the evaluation process, set timelines for the admission and evaluation of forensic mental health patients and required the State Hospitals to set up a system of reporting and accountability when performance targets were not met.

Authorization:     RCW 10.77.068, SSB 6492
Type of Report:  Quarterly
Report Date:      June 2013 (PDF)

Indian Tribe/State Government Implementation of SB 6175
The State-to-State Indian Tribes law requires an annual report by state agencies to report on activities with the Federally Recongnized Tribes of Washington State.  Activities to be reported on include collaboration, communications, establishment of a direct report to the head of the state agency and training of state employees.

Authorization:      SB 6175, Chapter 122, Laws of 2012
Type of Report:   Annual
Report Date:        June 2013 (PDF)

JULY




AUGUST

Mental Health Managed Care Rate-Setting
In developing the new Medicaid managed care rates under which the public mental health managed care system will operate, the department must seek to estimate the reasonable and necessary cost of efficiently and effectively providing a comparable set of medically necessary mental health benefits to persons of different acuity levels regardless of where in the state they live.  The department must report to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and to the relevant fiscal and policy committees of the legislature on its proposed new mental health managed care rate setting approach.

Authorization:    3ESSB 5034, Section 204(4)(d)
Type of Report:  Twice
Report Date:       August 2013 (PDF)



SEPTEMBER

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, Laws of 05, Section 1 and RCW 72.23.450
Type of Report:  Annual
Report Date:       September 2013 (PDF)



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