Status Summary

First reading, referred to Health and Long Term Care on 1.23.19.

Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care on 1.28.19.

Referred to Behavioral Health Subcommittee on 1.28.19.

Public hearing scheduled in the Senate Committee on Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care on 2.15.19.
Executive action by the Senate Committee on Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care on 2.21.19; 1st substitute bill passed and referred to Ways & Means.
Referred to Ways & Means on 2.22.19, but no hearing is scheduled yet.

As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium).

(updated 1.9.20)

Legislative Session



In Progress



*Companion to HB 1593

SB 5516 recognizes the need for services for individuals with behavioral health needs, as well as the shortage of behavioral health workers in WA state. Therefore, the legislature establishes that there is a need for a trained workforce that is experienced in fully integrated care and able to address a full range of needs, as well as a need to support rural and underserved communities around the state.

As a result, this act declares the intention to partner with the University of Washington (UW) to develop plans for the creation of the UW Behavioral Health Innovation & Integration campus in order to increase access to behavioral health services in WA. 

The bill also specifies that planning for the teaching campus should include:

§  Strengthening the psychiatry residency program to bring more psychiatrists into the state;

§  Training other health care providers to work in teams that can address the physical, psychological, and social needs of individuals and families;

§  Expanding the telepsychiatry consultation program; and

§  Capacity to provide inpatient care for up to 150 individuals.

Finally, this act would require the UW School of Medicine to report plans on development to the Office of Financial Management and appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1st, 2019.