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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last session, the Legislature passed House Bill 1477, establishing the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Committee. It is a steering committee comprised of CRIS members and subcommittees to support the redesign of Washington's behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention system.

The steering committee is looking for candidates interested in serving on the subcommittees to provide technical analysis and input to assist with the redesign and to establish an integrated behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention system. Subcommittees include:

  1. Credentialing and Training Subcommittee: to inform workforce needs and requirements.
  2. Technology Subcommittee: to consider technology needed to manage and operate the behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention system.
  3. Cross-System Crisis Response Subcommittee: to examine and define complementary roles and interactions of specified crisis system stakeholders.
  4. Confidential Information Compliance and Coordination: to inform information-sharing guidelines to enable crisis call center hubs to actively collaborate with other system providers.
  5. Rural and Agricultural Communities: to seek input and address the unique needs of rural and agricultural communities.
  6. Lived Experience: to seek input and address the unique needs of people with lived experience and their family members.

If you are interested in serving on a subcommittee you can review background information at this link: Subcommittee Overview and Member Criteria.

You can also use the online form to submit a statement of interest by Thursday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.

For additional information click, here. Questions may be emailed to HCAprogram1477@hca.wa.gov.

As part of the state's crisis system redesign, the state is preparing for the implementation of 988 – a national behavioral health crisis line to connect individuals and families in crisis with the help and support they need.

As part of the process to evaluate the current system and identify how to improve it, the Washington Health Care Authority is holding a series of community forums and is inviting folks to participate.

One of the forums is geared toward the needs of rural and agricultural communities. Details are below:

Community forum for rural and agricultural communities
Thursday, Nov. 4
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Register here

There are other upcoming forums as well. They include:

Community forum for first responders
Wednesday, Oct. 27
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Register here

Community forum for all community members
Thursday, Oct. 28
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Register here

Wednesday, Nov. 3
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Register here

Community forum for individuals and families with lived experience
Wednesday, Nov. 3
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Register here

You can access the CRIS website to find additional information about Washington's current work to redesign the crisis response and suicide prevention system. 

I urge you to participate if you can provide some input or have questions or concerns about our state's mental health and crisis system. The last couple years have been challenging and difficult for many as we have battled our way through the pandemic. It is very important our crisis system function effectively and efficiently.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

It is an honor to serve as your state representative.

Sincerely,


Tom Dent

State Representative Tom Dent, 13th Legislative District
RepresentativeTomDent.com
437 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
tom.dent@leg.wa.gov
(509) 941-2346 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000