In 2022, NAMI Washington (our state affiliate) will lead advocacy efforts to improve access to timely and effective behavioral health treatment and supports in the face of racial injustices, an economic downturn, and a global pandemic. NAMI WA will also analyze, position, and advocate as appropriate, introduced legislation that falls within scope of our key elements to a comprehensive behavioral health system document.
The information on this page comes from NAMI Washington.
Successful 2022 Session
Legislative Priority Wins in 2022
emergency service providers.
• HB1773 - Fixes the Assisted Outpatient Treatment law and making it easier for
courts to use and expand who can petition for the court order.
• HB1890 - Creates a strategic plan advisory group under the children and youth
behavioral health work group for the purpose of developing a behavioral health
strategic plan for children, youth transitioning to adulthood, and their caregivers.
2022 Budget Wins
1. 7% Medicaid rate increase for behavioral health rates
2. $100 million for BH workforce stabilization.
3. $3.7 million for HIV medications
4. $4.7 million for Assisted Outpatient Treatment
Support Decriminalization of Mental Health and Police Accountability
Support Implementation of the 998 Number