Full Behavioral Health Integration Requires an Integrated Commitment Statue

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in executive director, King County | Comments Off on Full Behavioral Health Integration Requires an Integrated Commitment Statue

By Susan Millender, GPS Executive Director During the 2014 King County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Legislative Forum, the integration of behavioral health involuntary treatment laws (ITA) and the launching of a 16-bed secure detoxification facility was highlighted as a request and legislative priority.  Why is this request an important one to our families?  “Unless you’ve been there, you can’t imagine what it’s like to watch helplessly as someone you love descends into addiction,” David Sheff writes in his book Clean, Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest...

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Redirect Marijuana Excise Tax

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in family support, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Policy Day, Recovery, young adults, youth peers | Comments Off on Redirect Marijuana Excise Tax

By Gary Streile, GPS Parent Partner In 2012 WA state voters approved I-502, which removed state legal prohibitions against producing, processing, and selling marijuana. It also made marijuana sales subject to licensing and regulation by the liquor control board, and subject to an excise tax. Details of the disbursement of this excise tax were laid out in RCW 69.50.540. Item 5d of that RCW specifies that a portion of the excise tax should go to the state Basic Health Plan (BHP) trust account. The intent was for this money to be used for prevention, recovery support, and treatment services for...

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Revise Federal IMD Exclusion Rule to Allow Medicaid to be Used for Acute Care Stays of 30 Days or Less

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Revise Federal IMD Exclusion Rule to Allow Medicaid to be Used for Acute Care Stays of 30 Days or Less

By Pam Romine, GPS Office and Volunteer Coordinator At this year’s King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum, attendees were presented with a slate of legislative priorities and requests related to behavioral health and substance abuse. One of the requests is to revise the federal Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion rule to exempt stays of 30 days or less. This would allow Medicaid to be used nationwide for mental health evaluation and treatment (E&T) facilities as well as substance abuse detoxification facilities that are larger than 16 beds...

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Raise Liquor Tax for Substance Use Disorders and Treatment

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in GPS for Youth and Families, Policy Day | Comments Off on Raise Liquor Tax for Substance Use Disorders and Treatment

by Zakia Ruquiya, GPS Parent Partner We would like to create a Substance Use Disorders Treatment Account and require 30% of the funds collected from alcohol license issuance fees from spirits distributor licensees to be deposited into the account.  Revenue from this account should be directed to support community-based prevention, recovery support and treatment services. This initiative is designed to provide funding for programs where state and federal funding falls short.   State revenues are anticipated to decline further as the state looks to make up a deficit. Despite declining...

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Increase Tabacco Purchase Age

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in family support organization, Policy Day | Comments Off on Increase Tabacco Purchase Age

By Gary Sterile, GPS Parent Partner At this year’s King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum, attendees were presented with a slate of legislative priorities and requests related to behavioral health and substance abuse. I’d like to spend this blog entry discussing some of the reasons why I believe revising RCW 70.155.080 to increase the tobacco purchase age from 18 years to 21 years is important. As a Parent Partner here at Guided Pathways, I’ve worked with a number of parents who are concerned with the tobacco use of their kids; and so this issue is relevant and...

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