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Thank you GCI ConnectMD for your generous sponsorship of this session. Community Collaboration in Behavioral Health: Washington’s Mental Health System. Chelene Whiteaker Director, Advocacy and Policy Washington State Hospital Association. What is the Public Mental Health System?.

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Thank you

GCI ConnectMD

for your generous sponsorship of this session


Community collaboration in behavioral health washington s mental health system

Community Collaboration in Behavioral Health: Washington’s Mental Health System

Chelene Whiteaker

Director, Advocacy and Policy

Washington State Hospital Association


What is the public mental health system
What is the Public Mental Health System?

  • The public mental health system provides:

    • Mental health services for Medicaid enrollees;

    • Evaluation of people in severe crisis regardless of income or insurance status;

    • Administration of the Involuntary Treatment Act (involuntary commitment);

    • Longer term care at Eastern and Western State Hospitals.


Parts of the system
Parts of the System

Legislature Appropriates Funding

Regional Support Networks

Pend

Oreille

Stevens

Outpatient Providers

Community Hospitals/Evaluation and Treatment Centers

Counties

Eastern and Western State Hospitals



Funding sources
Funding Sources

Funding Sources for RSNs:

  • Federal/State Medicaid

  • State only (non-Medicaid)

  • County

  • Special contracts

  • Sales tax


Services provided
Services Provided

  • Outpatient services for Medicaid enrollees

  • Non-Medicaid outpatient services are provided as resources allow:

    • Crisis services;

    • Some outpatient/residential services to priority populations.

  • Sales tax has been used to increase access in some counties

  • Inpatient hospitalizations





System in crisis
System in Crisis?

  • Increasing demand for services

  • Decreasing dollars for services

  • Closure of mental health units in Eastern and Western State Hospitals

  • Shortage of providers


Community hospital mental health beds
Community Hospital Mental Health Beds

Source: Washington State Hospital Association

Revelle/Whiteaker June 20, 2011


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