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2018 State and Federal Priorities

Priority behavioral health issues for 2018 will be posted to this site later this fall, and presented at the upcoming King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum on November 8, 2017. Please join us!


2017 State and Federal Priorities

Priority behavioral health issues selected for 2017 were informed by recommendations from the Community Alternatives to Boarding Task Force and Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force, input from stakeholders including providers and behavioral health advocates, and a community survey. 

King County’s 2017 state behavioral
health legislative priorities

King County's 2017 federal behavioral
health legislative priorities

Use the links below to access brief position papers for all identified priority issues.

State Priorities

  1. Create community-based capacity to prevent and/or shorten hospitalization.
  2. Expand student loan repayment assistance to address the public behavioral health workforce crisis
  3. Expand access to treatment for opiate use disorder and overdose education and prevention
  4. Raise the purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21.
  5. Support physical and mental health and stability by investing in core public health services.
  6. Restore cities and counties’ local control to fund essential services by replacing the one percent property tax cap.
  7. Invest state funds to maintain care access if federal Medicaid support shrinks

Federal Priorities 

  1. Preserve Medicaid expansion to prevent a health care access crisis
  2. Revise the federal IMD exclusion to allow Medicaid to be used for 30-day behavioral health care stays
  3. Align federal substance abuse confidentiality rules with HIPAA and other related regulations
  4. Fund the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)




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