52nd Legislature

                      1991 Regular Session



Passed by the House March 20, 1991

  Yeas 98   Nays 0




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate April 12, 1991

  Yeas 43   Nays 0




President of the Senate



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.









Governor of the State of Washington



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2095 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                                      Chief Clerk











                        Secretary of State   

                       State of Washington  




                       ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2095



                     Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives R. Johnson, McLean, Anderson, Jones, Kremen, Braddock, Valle, Wineberry, Franklin, Day, Pruitt, Rayburn, Roland, Spanel and Prentice; by request of Department of Veterans Affairs).


Read first time March 6, 1991.  Establishing a counseling network for veterans and their families.

     AN ACT Relating to counseling veterans and their dependents; adding new sections to chapter 43.60A RCW; and declaring an emergency.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      The department of veterans affairs, to the extent funds are made available, shall:  (1) Contract with professional counseling specialists to provide a range of direct treatment services to war-affected state veterans and to those national guard and reservists who served in the Middle East, and their family members; (2) provide additional treatment services to Washington state Vietnam veterans for post traumatic stress disorder, particularly for those veterans whose post traumatic stress disorder has intensified or initially emerged due to the war in the Middle East; (3) provide an educational program designed to train primary care professionals, such as mental health professionals, about the effects of war-related stress and trauma; (4) provide informational and counseling services for the purpose of establishing and fostering peer-support networks throughout the state for families of deployed members of the reserves and the Washington national guard; (5) provide for veterans' families, a referral network of community mental health providers who are skilled in treating deployment stress, combat stress, and post traumatic stress.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      The department shall coordinate the programs contained in section 1 of this act with the services offered by the department of social and health services, local mental health organizations, and the federal department of veterans affairs to minimize duplication.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.      The department of veterans affairs shall give priority in its counseling and instructional programs to treating state veterans located in rural areas of the state, especially those who are members of traditionally underserved minority groups, and women veterans.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.      The department of veterans affairs shall design its post traumatic stress disorder and combat stress programs and related activities to provide veterans with as much privacy and confidentiality as possible and yet consistent with sound program management.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.      Sections 1 through 4 of this act are each added to chapter 43.60A RCW.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.      This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.