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2021 House Bill 1477: Implementing the national 988 system to enhance and expand behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention services
Introduced by Rep. Tina Orwall (Des Moines) (D) on February 3, 2021
Referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 3, 2021
Referred to the House Finance Committee on February 8, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 16, 2021
Clarifies that the 988 tax applies to prepaid wireless lines and synchronizes the effective dates for the tax to October 1, 2021. In addition, landlines are added to the tax base.
Reported to the House Appropriations Committee on February 17, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 22, 2021
Eliminates the Implementation Coalition and instead establishes the 988 Implementation Team (Team) and the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy Committee (Committee). The Team consists of nine members from state agencies, crisis call centers, those with expertise in behavioral health crisis responses and lived experience with behavioral health conditions, and from the behavioral health crisis delivery system. The Team must provide guidance in implementing the 988 crisis hotline and the resources required for staffing, training, and technology for call centers to achieve an in- state call response of at least 90 percent. The Team must report to the Governor and the Legislature by January 1, 2022.
Amendment offered by Rep. Eileen Cody (West Seattle) (D) on March 17, 2021
Changes the member of the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy Committee who represents Medicaid managed care organizations to a representative of health plans, as recommended by the Association of Washington Health Plans.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom Dent (Grant) (R) on March 17, 2021
Directs the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy Committee to develop and report on a work plan to establish the capacity for the crisis call center hubs to integrate Spanish language interpreters and Spanish-speaking call center staff into their operations and to ensure the availability of resources to meet the unique needs of persons in the agricultural community who are experiencing mental health stresses. Requires the work plan to address concerns regarding confidentiality.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Ed Orcutt (Kalama) (R) on March 17, 2021
Eliminates the statewide 988 behavioral health crisis response line tax. Creates a funding formula to provide quarterly transfers to the statewide 988 behavioral health crisis response line account from the state general fund.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Tina Orwall (Des Moines) (D) on March 17, 2021
Adds a representative of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner to the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy Committee..
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Brandon Vick (Camas) (R) on March 17, 2021
Eliminates the increase in the 988 tax rate to 75 cents beginning in 2024. Removes the provisions that provide for biennial 988 tax rate increase by the fiscal growth factor beginning in 2025.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2021
Directs the Department of Health to designate crisis hotline centers that meet standards related to technology and the ability to identify and deploy community crisis resources for persons experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Imposes a tax on radio access lines, voice over Internet protocol service lines, and switched access lines to fund activities related to an enhanced crisis response.
Received in the Senate on March 22, 2021
Referred to the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee on March 22, 2021
Referred to the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care Committee on March 24, 2021
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 26, 2021

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