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Washington lawmakers’ $69 billion budget includes nearly $2 billion for mental health initiatives

| Apr 27, 2023 | Washington

Washington lawmakers released their two-year operating budget last weekend, which provides nearly $2 billion for mental health initiatives.     The $69 billion budget will provide funds for mental health support, emergency housing, and rental assistance over the next two years. It includes $211 million for community behavioral health capacity,...[ Read More ]

Reduced barriers to medications needed to help King County decrease growing number of overdose deaths

| Apr 24, 2023 | Washington

Better access to medications like buprenorphine, methadone, and naloxone will be key in helping King County officials address the growing number of drug overdose deaths in the area. Brad Finegood, strategic advisor at the Seattle & King County Public Health Department, gave an update on overdose trends and responses during...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Michelle McDaniel, Crisis Connections

| Apr 24, 2023 | Washington

Aligning physical and behavioral healthcare is a central goal for Michelle McDaniel, chief executive officer of Crisis Connections, an organization that works to strengthen Washington State's crisis response system and ensure those who need it have timely access to crisis care. We sat down with McDaniel at our recent 2023...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Rep. Marcus Riccelli, Washington Legislature

| Apr 19, 2023 | Washington

Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli chairs the Washington House Health Care and Wellness Committee in the legislature. At our conference in January, Riccelli spoke with us about the main policy areas he’s focusing on through his influential role at the capitol. Among his top priorities are continuing to incorporate the social...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Jim Freeburg, Patient Coalition of Washington

| Apr 19, 2023 | Washington

Jim Freeburg, founder and executive director of the Patient Coalition of Washington, is laser-focused on one key issue in Washington healthcare: affordability for patients. We had the opportunity to hear from Freeburg about his main priorities for state health policy at our recent 2023 Washington State of Reform conference. "Right...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Kathleen Nolan, Health Management Associates

| Apr 19, 2023 | Washington

Kathleen Nolan, regional vice president at Health Management Associates, says her highest priority is the continued improvement of behavioral health policy. We caught up with her at our 2023 Washington State of Reform conference in January to hear about what she's keeping her eyes on in the health policy space,...[ Read More ]