A Free educational forum entitled: "Surviving the Social Security Application Process". 
Tuesday April 21 2015 7-9 PM at Evergreen Health Medical Center, Kirkland. Maren Miller Bam, Attorney at Law, is one of the most experienced SSDI and SSI post-entitlement (overpayment) attorneys in Washington State.
The main topics of her presentation will include:
  • The Differences Between SSDI and SSI 
  • The Appeals Process
  • Challenges for Applicants with Mental Illness
  • Tips and Insights to Help Your Case


To see full details of the free educational forum open to the public, follow the link below

As of 3/21/15 per www.leg.wa.gov




HOUSE BILL

STATUS

COMMENTS

HB 1134 (Rep. Moeller), Concerning scope of practice for certified counselors and advisers


Passed House 55-42

Pending a possible hearing in Senate Health Care

Requested by Department of Health

NAMI monitoring  

SHB 1135 (Rep. Cody), Concerning remediation plans for licensed health and health-related professions to resolve eligible complaints of unprofessional conduct


Passed House 98-0

Heard in Senate Health Care on 3/17

NAMI neutral

SHB 1138 (Rep. Orwall), Creating a task force on mental health and suicide prevention in higher education



Passed House 91-6

To be heard in Senate Higher Education on 3/24 @ 1:30

NAMI Pro  

EHB 1258 (Rep. Walkinshaw), Concerning court review of detention decisions under the involuntary treatment act

See too SB 5269


To be heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/23 @ 10 am

NAMI supports the general intent but has concerns

Washington State Psychiatric Association is Pro

E2SHB 1390 (Rep. Goodman), Concerning legal financial obligations



Amended on  House floor and passed 94-4

Pending a possible hearing in Senate Law & Justice


NAMI pro: Relaxes the sanctions against mentally ill and/or homeless offenders for not paying financial obligations – to help end the revolving door of multiple arrests, incarcerations and court appearances for our people who are unable to pay these obligations in the first place.  

ESHB 1424 (Rep. Orwall),
Concerning suicide prevention


Amended on House floor and passed 95-2

Pending a possible hearing in Senate Health Care

NAMI Pro

ESHB 1448 (Rep. Riccelli), Providing procedures for responding to reports of threatened or attempted suicide


Heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/17
   

NAMI Pro

E2SHB 1450 (Rep. Jinkins), Concerning involuntary outpatient mental health treatment

See too SB 5649


Now also includes the content of HB 1287 (less restrictive orders under the ITA)

To be heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/23 @ 10 am



A NAMI priority

SHB 1458 (Rep. Orwall),
Concerning the age of individuals at which sale or distribution of tobacco and vapor products may be made


To be heard in House Finance on 3/24 @ 3:30


Washington State Psychiatric Association is Pro

NAMI is reviewing

SHB 1536 (Rep. Klippert), Addressing the timing of emergency detentions and assessments under the
involuntary treatment act


Passed House 97-1

Pending a possible hearing in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing

NAMI pro  

SHB 1553 (Rep. Walkinshaw),
Encouraging certificates of restoration of opportunity


Heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/19

NAMI Pro



HB 1599 (Rep. Rodne), Concerning secure facilities for the criminally insane


Amended in & passed by Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing to Senate Rules, the new version needs to be reviewed once it becomes available online

Requested by DSHS

NAMI opposed original version

ESHB 1713 (Rep. Cody), Integrating the treatment systems for mental health and chemical dependency


Amended on the House floor and passed 63-35

To be heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/23 @ 10 am

NAMI Pro


SHB 1721 (Rep. Robinson), Concerning the transport of patients by ambulance to facilities other than hospitals


Passed House 95-2

Heard in Senate Health Care on 3/12

NAMI Pro

Compass Health Pro




HB 1839 (Rep. Kilduff), Concerning services that provide support for decision making


Passed House 98-0

To be heard in Senate Law & Justice on 3/26 @ 8 am





NAMI Pro  

SHB 1879 (Rep. Kagi),
Directing the health care authority to issue a request for proposals for integrated managed health and behavioral health services for foster children


Passed House 92-6

Heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/19

Under review

2SHB 1916 (Rep. Cody), Integrating administrative provisions for chemical dependency and mental health


To be heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/23 @ 10 am


NAMI Pro

SHB 1956 (Rep. Moeller), Addressing a report to be filed by an independent review organization


Passed House 50-48

Pending a possible hearing in Senate Health Care

Under review


HB 2028 (Rep. Cody),
Concerning a business and occupation tax deduction for chemical dependency services provided by a health or social welfare organization


Heard in House Finance on 2/20, may still alive as necessary to implement the budget – as state revenues would be reduced if passed

NAMI Pro

E2SHB 2060 (Rep. Jinkins), Concerning competency evaluation and restoration services
See too SB 5889


To be heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/23 at 10 am  

A bit odd in that the companion has already been signed into law. Maybe the intent is to use 2060 as a vehicle to amend and include other language.

NAMI opposes

2SHB 2063 (Rep. Kilduff), Creating a work group to design a qualified achieving a better life experience program


Passed House 89-8

To be heard in Senate Health Care on 3/23 @ 10 am


NAMI Pro

EHB 2086 (Rep. McBride), Prohibiting certain limitations on the hosting of the homeless by religious organizations







Passed House 56-42

To be heard in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on 3/24 @ 10 am

NAMI Pro  

SENATE BILL

STATUS

COMMENTS

SSB 5063 (Sen. Hill), Prioritizing state revenue growth for education


Senate Rules White


Generally requires that two-thirds of state revenues be earmarked for education

NAMI spoke in opposition, as funding available for needed human services such as mental health would be indirectly, substantially reduced

SB 5101 (Sen. Padden), Modifying mental status evaluation provisions


Heard in House Judiciary on 3/12


NAMI pro

SB 5107 (Sen. Padden), Encouraging the establishment of therapeutic courts


Heard in House Judiciary on 3/12

NAMI pro




E2SSB 5177 (Sen. O’Ban), Improving timeliness of competency evaluation and restoration services


Amended on the Senate floor as indicated:

Adds the provisions of SB 5266 (removing expiration date from DSHS authority to place a criminal insanity patient who presents an unreasonable safety risk in a DOC facility for treatment), SB 5792 (establishing an Office of Forensic Mental Health Services within DSHS), and SSB 5925 (allowing prosecutors to dismiss nonfelonycharges after competency to stand trial is raised and refer defendant for assessment for services).

To be heard in House Judiciary on 3/24 @ 10 am


DSHS request legislation

NAMI appreciates the way the bill was amended (in response to opposition re: evaluations in jails) but still has serious concerns; NAMI opposes the sections incorporating SB 5266 but supports the provisions of SB 5792 & 5925

2SSB 5269 (Sen. O’Ban),
Concerning court review of detention decisions under the involuntary treatment act

See too HB 1258



Passed Senate 46-3

Heard in House Judiciary on 3/18


NAMI Pro, supports the general intent but has concerns

Washington State Psychiatric Association Pro

2SSB 5311 (Sen. Rolfes),
Requiring crisis intervention training for peace officers


Passed Senate 48-0

Heard in House Public Safety on 3/20

NAMI Pro





SB 5379 (Sen. Hobbs),
Adding posttraumatic stress disorder to the terminal or debilitating medical conditions that qualify for the medical use of marijuana


Passed Senate 48-0

Pending a possible hearing in House Health Care & Wellness but will likely die there, as the content was amended into 2SSB 5052

Washington State Psychiatric Association Opposes

NAMI is monitoring

2SSB 5403 (Sen. Conway), Concerning competency to stand trial evaluations


Passed Senate 48-0

Pending a possible hearing in House Judiciary  



NAMI is monitoring  




ESSB 5441 (Sen. Rivers),
Addressing patient medication coordination


Heard in House Health Care & Wellness on 3/18

NAMI pro

ESSB 5460 (Sen Parlette), Allowing practitioners to prescribe and distribute prepackaged emergency
medications to emergency room patients when a pharmacy is not available


Amended on Senate floor and passed 48-0

Heard in House Health Care & Wellness on 3/18


NAMI monitoring

SSB 5488 (Sen. Keiser),
Concerning applied behavior analysis


Passed Senate 49-0

Heard in House Health Care & Wellness on 3/17

Under review

SSB 5557 (Sen. Parlette), Addressing services provided by pharmacists


Passed Senate 48-0

Heard in House Health Care & Wellness on 3/18


Under review

SSB 5645 (Sen. Parlette), Concerning data reporting concerning the collection of data when a psychiatric patient meets detention criteria and no evaluation and treatment bed is available


Pending a possible hearing in House Judiciary  


NAMI Pro–Common sense effort to get DSHS and the RSNs to collect data for the legislators

Washington State Psychiatric Association is Pro



E2SSB 5649 (Sen. Darneille), Concerning the involuntary treatment act
See too HB 1450



To be heard in House Judiciary on 3/24 @ 10 am

A NAMI priority  

E2SSB 5688 (Sen. Litzow),
Providing students with skills that promote mental health and well-being and increase academic performance


Amended on the Senate floor and passed 33-15

Heard in House Education on 3/17


NAMI pro

SB 5779 (Sen. Parlette),
Reducing penalties applied to regional support networks and behavioral health organizations


Passed Senate 49-0

Heard in House Health Care & Wellness on 3/18

Under review

SSB 5870 (Sen. Liias), Protecting youth from aversive mental health therapies


To be heard in House Health Care & Wellness on 3/24 @ 8 am

NAMI Pro  

SSB 5889 (Sen. O’Ban), Concerning timeliness of competency evaluation and restoration services


Signed into law

Will likely be the subject of a law suit


NAMI Opposes  

ESSB 5915 (Sen. Brown), Concerning dynamic fiscal impact statements


Amended on Senate floor and passed 49-0

Pending a possible hearing in House Appropriations  

NAMI Pro

Seth Dawson
National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Washington
Washington State Psychiatric Association
Compass Health






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