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Proposed initiative would decriminalize drugs in Washington State

| May 17, 2022 | Washington

The Commit to Change WA coalition recently filed a proposal for an initiative that would decriminalize drugs in Washington State.     Initiative Measure No. 1922 would decriminalize the possession of all illicit drugs in the state. Law enforcement officers would retain the authority to confiscate illicit drugs, and selling...[ Read More ]

Survey results could prompt changes to vision coverage for some Washingtonians

| May 12, 2022 | Washington

Results from a new survey could prompt changes to vision coverage for public and school employees.     Members of the Washington State Health Care Authority’s (HCA) Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) discussed results from a HCA web-based vision survey Thursday. Beth Heston, Senior Account Manager for the WHA’s Employees...[ Read More ]

State leaders prepare for implementation of the 988 call line

| May 11, 2022 | Washington

Behavioral health officials discussed the implementation of the 988 suicide prevention call line at a meeting on Tuesday.     Members of the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Committee discussed the national 988 call line, which is a universal number people can call to receive personal assistance—or help for a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A w/U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, Health initiatives, Inflation & Medicare

| May 11, 2022 | Washington

In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we take a look at health-related initiatives filed with the Secretary of State's office, new updates on federal health policy that could impact Washington State, and $47 million in grant funding that aims to increase behavioral health service capacity. Thanks for reading!...[ Read More ]

Washington State Department of Commerce awards $47 million for behavioral health treatment projects

| May 10, 2022 | Washington

Grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce will fund several projects that will help people with behavioral health issues receive local treatment services. Commerce officials will distribute $47 million to fund 25 projects through its Behavioral Health Facilities program. Grant recipients were awarded funds after submitting applications that were...[ Read More ]

PDA chair advises Whole Washington on gathering support for statewide universal health insurance initiative

| May 9, 2022 | Washington

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Advisory Board Chair Donna Smith advised Whole Washington members of opportunities to gather the support they need to get a universal health insurance initiative on the upcoming general election ballot Saturday.     Whole Washington held a launch event for its 2022 campaign at the...[ Read More ]