SENATE BILL 6044
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senator Snyder
Read first time 01/13/92. Referred to Committee on Health & Long‑Term Care.
AN ACT Relating to regional support networks; and reenacting and amending RCW 71.24.300.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 71.24.300 and 1991 c 295 s 3, 1991 c 262 s 2, and 1991 c 29 s 3 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
county authority or a group of county authorities whose combined population is
no less than ((
forty)) twenty thousand may enter into a joint
operating agreement to form a regional support network. The roles and
responsibilities of county authorities shall be determined by the terms of that
agreement and the provisions of law. The state mental health authority may not
determine the roles and responsibilities of county authorities as to each other
under regional support networks by rule, except to assure that all duties
required of regional support networks are assigned and that a single authority
has final responsibility for all available resources and performance under the
regional support network's contract with the secretary.
(1) Regional support networks shall within three months of recognition submit an overall six-year operating and capital plan, timeline, and budget and submit progress reports and an updated two-year plan biennially thereafter, to assume within available resources all of the following duties by July 1, 1995, instead of those presently assigned to counties under RCW 71.24.045(1):
(a) Administer and provide for the availability of all resource management services, residential services, and community support services.
(b) Administer and provide for the availability of all investigation, transportation, court-related, and other services provided by the state or counties pursuant to chapter 71.05 RCW.
(c) By July 1, 1993, provide within the boundaries of each regional support network evaluation and treatment services for at least eighty-five percent of persons detained or committed for periods up to seventeen days according to chapter 71.05 RCW. Regional support networks with populations of less than one hundred fifty thousand may contract to purchase evaluation and treatment services from other networks. For regional support networks that are created after June 30, 1991, the requirements of (c) of this subsection must be met by July 1, 1995.
(d) By July 1, 1993, administer a portion of funds appropriated by the legislature to house mentally ill persons in state institutions from counties within the boundaries of any regional support network, with the exception of mentally ill offenders, and provide for the care of all persons needing evaluation and treatment services for periods up to seventeen days according to chapter 71.05 RCW in appropriate residential services, which may include state institutions. The regional support networks shall reimburse the state for use of state institutions at a rate equal to that assumed by the legislature when appropriating funds for such care at state institutions during the biennium when reimbursement occurs. The duty of a state hospital to accept persons for evaluation and treatment under chapter 71.05 RCW is limited by the responsibilities assigned to regional support networks under this section. For regional support networks that are created after June 30, 1991, the requirements of (d) of this subsection must be met by July 1, 1995.
(e) Administer and provide for the availability of all other mental health services, which shall include patient counseling, day treatment, consultation, education services, employment services as defined in RCW 71.24.035, and mental health services to children as provided in this chapter.
(f) Establish standards and procedures for reviewing individual service plans and determining when that person may be discharged from resource management services.
(2) Regional support networks shall assume all duties assigned to county authorities by this chapter and chapter 71.05 RCW.
(3) A regional support network may request that any state-owned land, building, facility, or other capital asset which was ever purchased, deeded, given, or placed in trust for the care of the mentally ill and which is within the boundaries of a regional support network be made available to support the operations of the regional support network. State agencies managing such capital assets shall give first priority to requests for their use pursuant to this chapter.
(4) Each regional support network shall appoint a mental health advisory board which shall review and provide comments on plans and policies developed under this chapter. The composition of the board shall be broadly representative of the demographic character of the region and the mentally ill persons served therein. Length of terms of board members shall be determined by the regional support network.
(5) Regional support networks shall assume all duties specified in their plans and joint operating agreements through biennial contractual agreements with the secretary. Such contracts may include agreements to provide periods of stable community living and work or other day activities for specific chronically mentally ill persons who have completed commitments at state hospitals on ninety-day or one hundred eighty-day civil commitments or who have been residents at state hospitals for no less than one hundred eighty days within the previous year. Periods of stable community living may involve acute care in local evaluation and treatment facilities but may not involve use of state hospitals.
(6) Counties or groups of counties participating in a regional support network are not subject to RCW 71.24.045(7). The office of financial management shall consider information gathered in studies required in this chapter and information about the experience of other states to propose a mental health services administrative cost lid to the 1991 legislature which shall include administrative costs of licensed service providers, the state psychiatric hospitals and the department.
(7) The first regional support network contract may include a pilot project to: Establish standards and procedures for (a) making referrals for comprehensive medical examinations and treatment programs for those whose mental illness is caused or exacerbated by organic disease, and (b) training staff in recognizing the relationship between mental illness and organic disease.
(8) By November 1, 1991, and as part of each biennial plan thereafter, each regional support network shall establish and submit to the state, procedures and agreements to assure access to sufficient additional local evaluation and treatment facilities to meet the requirements of this chapter while reducing short-term admissions to state hospitals. These shall be commitments to construct and operate, or contract for the operation of, free standing evaluation and treatment facilities or agreements with local evaluation and treatment facilities which shall include (a) required admission and treatment for short-term inpatient care for any person enrolled in community support or residential services, (b) discharge planning procedures, (c) limitations on admissions or transfers to state hospitals, (d) adequate psychiatric supervision, (e) prospective payment methods, and (f) contractual assurances regarding referrals to local evaluation and treatment facilities from regional support networks.
(9) Regional support networks may receive technical assistance from the housing trust fund and may identify and submit projects for housing and housing support services to the housing trust fund established under chapter 43.185 RCW. Projects identified or submitted under this subsection must be fully integrated with the regional support network six-year operating and capital plan, timeline, and budget required by subsection (1) of this section.