Washington - School-based or School-linked Mental Health Services: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.

Revised Code of Washington 28A.630.500 Children's mental health and substance use disorder services—Pilot sites—Report. (Expires January 1, 2020.)

(1) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall establish a competitive application process to designate two educational service districts in which to pilot one lead staff person for children's mental health and substance use disorder services.
(2) The office must select two educational service districts as pilot sites by October 1, 2017. When selecting the pilot sites, the office must endeavor to achieve a balanced geographic distribution of sites east of the crest of the Cascade mountains and west of the crest of the Cascade mountains.
(3) The lead staff person for each pilot site must have the primary responsibility for:

  • (a) Coordinating medicaid billing for schools and school districts in the educational service district;
  • (b) Facilitating partnerships with community mental health agencies, providers of substance use disorder treatment, and other providers;
  • (c) Sharing service models;
  • (d) Seeking public and private grant funding;
  • (e) Ensuring the adequacy of other system level supports for students with mental health and substance use disorder treatment needs; and
  • (f) Collaborating with the other selected project and with the office of the superintendent of public instruction.
    (4) The office of the superintendent of public instruction must report on the results of the two pilot projects to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature in accordance with RCW 43.01.036 by December 1, 2019. The report must also include:
  • (a) A case study of an educational service district that is successfully delivering and coordinating children's mental health activities and services. Activities and services may include but are not limited to medicaid billing, facilitating partnerships with community mental health agencies, and seeking and securing public and private funding; and
  • (b) Recommendations regarding whether to continue or make permanent the pilot projects and how the projects might be replicated in other educational service districts.
    (5) This section expires January 1, 2020.
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