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Contact: Kathy Spears, kathleen.spears@dshs.wa.gov
Contact: Chris Imhoff, chris.imhoff@dshs.wa.gov
November 01, 2013
Washington State Expands Funding for Intensive Mental Health Services

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services will distribute $23 million to Regional Support Networks across the state to improve the availability, access, quality and coordination of intensive mental health services.

Starting July 1, 2014, as established in Senate Bill 5480, new standards for involuntary mental health treatment will take effect. The bill set aside funding to create specialized crisis services to address the expected increase in individuals accessing the mental health system.

"This funding will help people with severe mental health needs receive treatment and recovery support in their communities. These treatment options will improve health, safety, and avoid the high cost of emergency room care," said Jane Beyer, Assistant Secretary for DSHS’ Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration.

The Regional Support Networks, which administer mental health services in communities throughout the state, applied for the funding with proposals designed to meet local needs. Services will include crisis treatment beds, intensive case management, mobile crisis response teams and assistance for people transitioning out of hospitals.

ESSB 5480 Service Funding




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