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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

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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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