The House and Senate agreed on a budget early in the week and passed it on Tuesday, March 29th! They also passed a number of bills ‘necessary to implement the budget’ and overrode the bills the Governor vetoed at the conclusion of the regular session. SINE DIE took place the night of the 29th, and off the legislators went!
- The second year of performance-based contracting in the Spokane area (with the expectation that the funding will be ongoing)
- Implementation of the Family Assessment Response statewide
- The Blue Ribbon Commission (per the Governor’s Executive Order related to a separate children’s department)
- Increasing the Child Placing Agency rate
- Additional HOPE beds, Family Reconciliation, Crisis Residential Centers, and Street Youth Services
- HB 2439, geared towards improving access to appropriate children’s mental health services
- HB 1682, which focuses on homeless students
- HB 2591, a bill that deals with foster parents/caregivers receiving notice of their right to be heard at dependency court hearings and having such notification documented by the court
- HB 1553, the bill that creates the Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity, and will help formerly incarcerated individuals obtain employment
- HB 2749, which extends the requirement to implement ‘part 2’ of the child welfare reform bill passed in 2009 from December of 2016 to December of 2019.
Public Policy Director