Behavioral Health, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorder are Linked


  • Behavioral health and physical health are interrelated.

  • Physical health problems significantly increase our risk of developing behavioral health problems, and vice versa.

  • Substance use disorder is a disease and can be managed and controlled with treatment.

  • Public messaging that encourages people to seek care is vital.

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Changing Response to Crisis


CRIS Committee Work (WA)

History: In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 1477, establishing the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Committee and Steering Committee. These committees will develop recommendations to support implementation of the national 988 suicide prevention hotline and statewide improvement of behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention services.

Recent Victories

Bills passed by the Washington 2024 Legislative Session:

  • HB 1929 Supporting Young Adults Following In-Patient Behavioral Health Treatment.

  • HB 1946 Creating the Washington Health Corps, Behavioral Health Scholarship Program.

  • HB 1939 Adopting the Social Work Compact; this bill streamlines the process for out-of-state Social Workers to obtain license to practice in Washington.

  • SB 5853 Extending the Crisis Relief Center Model to Provide Behavioral Health Crisis Relief Services to Minors.

  • SB 6251 Coordinating Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Response and Suicide Prevention Services

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