HOUSE BILL 2574
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By Representatives Ogden, Dunn, Tokuda, Hankins, O'Brien, Jarrett, Fromhold, Santos, Schual‑Berke and Kenney
Read first time 01/22/2002. Referred to Committee on Children & Family Services.
AN ACT Relating to a children's system of care; adding a new section to chapter 28A.300 RCW; adding a new chapter to Title 74 RCW; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. (1) The secretary shall establish a demonstration site for statewide implementation of a children's system of care. The demonstration site shall be selected using the following criteria:
(a) The system administrator must be the recipient of funding by the federal center for mental health services for the purpose of developing a system of care for children with emotional and behavioral disorders; and
(b) The system administrator must be a project site under a Title IV-E waiver.
(2) For the purposes of this section, "children's system of care" means a centralized community care coordination system representing a philosophy about the way services should be delivered to children and their families, using existing resources of various child-serving agencies addressing the problems of children with emotional and behavioral disorders. The agencies represented may include providers of mental health services, drug and alcohol services, services for the developmentally disabled, county juvenile justice and state juvenile rehabilitation, child welfare, and special education.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. The goals of the children's system of care are to:
(1) Maintain a multiagency collaborative planning and system management mechanism at the state and local levels through the establishment of an oversight committee at the local level in accordance with the principles and program requirements associated with the federal center for children's mental health services;
(2) Recommend and make necessary financing changes to support individualized and flexible home and community‑based services and supports that are child centered, family driven, strength based, and culturally competent;
(3) Support a common screening tool and integrated care coordination system;
(4) Recommend and make necessary changes in contracting to support integrated service delivery;
(5) Promote and increase the expansion of system capacity for children and their families in the demonstration site community;
(6) Develop the capacity of family members to provide support for one another and to strengthen the family voice in system implementation through the utilization of a citizens' advisory board as described in section 5 of this act and through other outreach activities;
(7) Conduct research and draw on outside consultation to identify best practices to inform system development and refinement; and
(8) Demonstrate cost‑effectiveness by creating system efficiencies that generate savings from the current level of expenditures for children being served by the participating agencies. These savings must be used to provide more services to the children involved in the project, or to serve more children.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. The secretary shall assure collaboration with the demonstration site by child-serving entities operated directly by the department or by departmental contractors. This collaboration shall take the form specified in the contract for the demonstration site as negotiated by the department and the system administrator.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 28A.300 RCW to read as follows:
The safety net oversight committee shall take into consideration the collaboration of local school districts with the demonstration site for a children's system of care established under section 1 of this act when making determinations of additional allocations for special education from safety net funding, as provided in section 507(8), chapter 7, Laws of 2001 2nd sp. sess.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. (1) A citizens' advisory board and the agencies participating in the demonstration site for a children's system of care established under section 1 of this act shall establish evaluation criteria consistent with the goals set forth in section 2 of this act. The evaluation criteria shall be developed no later than sixty days after the effective date of this act.
(2) The evaluation shall be conducted by an entity with experience in evaluating organizations that are:
(a) Recipients of funding by the federal center for mental health services for the purpose of developing a system of care for children with emotional and behavioral disorders; and
(b) A project site under a Title IV-E waiver.
The evaluating entity shall submit a report to the children and family services committee of the house of representatives and to the human services and corrections committee of the senate, or their successors. An interim report shall be submitted to the committees by December 1, 2002. A final report shall be submitted to the committees by December 1, 2003.
(3) This section expires January 1, 2004.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. Sections 1 through 3 of this act constitute a new chapter in Title 74 RCW.
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