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Persons with substance use disordersIntensive case management pilot projects. (Effective until January 1, 2020.)

(1) Subject to funds appropriated for this specific purpose, the director shall select and contract with behavioral health organizations to provide intensive case management for persons with substance use disorders and histories of high utilization of crisis services at two sites. In selecting the two sites, the director shall endeavor to site one in an urban county, and one in a rural county; and to site them in counties other than those selected pursuant to *RCW 70.96B.020, to the extent necessary to facilitate evaluation of pilot project results. Subject to funds appropriated for this specific purpose, the secretary may contract with additional counties to provide intensive case management.
(2) The contracted sites shall implement the pilot programs by providing intensive case management to persons with a primary substance use disorder diagnosis or dual primary substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses, through the employment of substance use disorder case managers. The substance use disorder case managers shall:
(a) Be trained in and use the integrated, comprehensive screening and assessment process adopted under RCW 71.24.630;
(b) Reduce the use of crisis medical, substance use disorder treatment and mental health services, including but not limited to emergency room admissions, hospitalizations, withdrawal management programs, inpatient psychiatric admissions, involuntary treatment petitions, emergency medical services, and ambulance services;
(c) Reduce the use of emergency first responder services including police, fire, emergency medical, and ambulance services;
(d) Reduce the number of criminal justice interventions including arrests, violations of conditions of supervision, bookings, jail days, prison sanction day for violations, court appearances, and prosecutor and defense costs;
(e) Where appropriate and available, work with therapeutic courts including drug courts and mental health courts to maximize the outcomes for the individual and reduce the likelihood of reoffense;
(f) Coordinate with local offices of the economic services administration to assist the person in accessing and remaining enrolled in those programs to which the person may be entitled;
(g) Where appropriate and available, coordinate with primary care and other programs operated through the federal government including federally qualified health centers, Indian health programs, and veterans' health programs for which the person is eligible to reduce duplication of services and conflicts in case approach;
(h) Where appropriate, advocate for the client's needs to assist the person in achieving and maintaining stability and progress toward recovery;
(i) Document the numbers of persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders and the point of determination of the co-occurring disorder by quadrant of intensity of need; and
(j) Where a program participant is under supervision by the department of corrections, collaborate with the department of corrections to maximize treatment outcomes and reduce the likelihood of reoffense.
(3) The pilot programs established by this section shall begin providing services by March 1, 2006.


*Reviser's note: RCW 70.96B.020 was repealed by 2016 sp.s. c 29 § 301.
FindingsIntentEffective date2018 c 201: See notes following RCW 41.05.018.
Effective dates2016 sp.s. c 29: See note following RCW 71.05.760.
Short titleRight of action2016 sp.s. c 29: See notes following RCW 71.05.010.
Effective date2014 c 225: See note following RCW 71.24.016.
FindingsIntentSeverabilityApplicationConstructionCaptions, part headings, subheadings not lawAdoption of rulesEffective dates2005 c 504: See notes following RCW 71.05.027.
AlphabetizationCorrection of references2005 c 504: See note following RCW 71.05.020.
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