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Q&A: OHRS crisis services manager Jessica Shook expresses concern over police engagement bill

| Sep 15, 2021 | Washington

Ever since House Bill 1310 was passed this spring, some law enforcement agencies and organizations have expressed concern over what they perceive as a lack of clarity in the bill regarding whether officers can physically intervene when a person is experiencing a behavioral health crisis. They say the vague language...[ Read More ]

Keynote: A conversation with AG Bob Ferguson

| Sep 15, 2021 | Washington

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson delivered the Morning Keynote at the 2021 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference last Thursday, where he discussed critical health care issues facing the state and what he hopes to achieve as Attorney General.     Ferguson specifically discussed his office’s involvement...[ Read More ]

HCA outlines priorities for 2022 supplemental budget request

| Sep 13, 2021 | Washington

At the 2021 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference, senior representatives from the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) gave updates on several initiatives currently being pursued at the agency. Charissa Fotinos, MD, interim medicaid director at HCA, highlighted some of the legislative priorities that will be included...[ Read More ]

Washington Department of Corrections receives failing grade for COVID-19 prison response

| Sep 9, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Department of Corrections received a “failing” grade for its response to COVID-19, according to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative.      The report compiled data and evaluated pandemic responses in prison systems from all 50 states, evaluating them on four categories related to the...[ Read More ]

The long-term care workforce: a labor crisis

| Sep 9, 2021 | Washington

The long-term care workforce crisis is a national issue, but an especially pressing one in Washington State. With a rapidly aging population across the state, as well as a diminishing number of workers entering long-term care, the labor shortage could be detrimental to meeting the demand of the populations in...[ Read More ]

UW Medicine study: Home blood collection device could drastically improve quality of telemedicine

| Sep 7, 2021 | Washington

A study conducted by staff at the UW Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology revealed that a new device, called the Tasso-SST blood sampling kit, was successful in collecting blood samples for measuring antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.      Tasso, Inc., a Seattle biotech firm, funded...[ Read More ]

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