By The Chronicle
Gov. Jay Inslee issued a directive on Friday creating a sub-cabinet to consider mental health and opioid drug abuse that will involve the state Health Care Authority, the Department of Social and Health Services, the state Department of Health and other Washington agencies.
“To address the overall health of Washingtonians, I am establishing a cabinet-level leadership structure to further develop and implement our strategic plans to better enable the administration to act more quickly and respond to changes and needed reforms,” Inslee’s directive states. “To that end, I direct the formation of a health sub-cabinet … with an immediate focus on behavioral health.”
Inslee’s directive noted that he plans to ask the Legislature again next year to pass legislation to “better align state agency programs” regarding oversight of the state’s community behavioral health system and a state law requiring Washington to fully integrate Medicaid purchasing for physical and mental health and substance abuse by January 2020.