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Mental Health - Dept of Social and Health Services

RCW 10.77, 71.05, .24, .34, 72.23

The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) administers programs designed to provide evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation services for children and adults with severe and persistent mental illness and serious emotional disturbance. This includes adults in need of a hospital level of care, residential mental health treatment for children and forensic mental health evaluation and competency services. The administration operates three state psychiatric hospitals in Washington State—Western State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, and Child Study and Treatment Center. These institutions provide long term acute psychiatric care for people in the civil involuntary treatment system; and evaluation and restoration services for people with mental illness who have been charged with a crime or found not guilty by reason of insanity. State psychiatric hospitals are a critical part of the continuum of mental health services. Their goal is to provide high quality treatment in a safe environment, for both patients and staff. Their performance is monitored through strategic objectives related to clinical services and staff and patient safety. The administration is partnering with the Healthcare Authority and the Department of Social and Health Services’ Aging and Long Term Services Administration to develop community resources to fully support individuals who are transitioning out of long term inpatient stays in state hospitals and reduce recidivism. In order to expand services to meet the demands for forensic in-patient competency restoration services, the administration operates two residential treatment facilities in Yakima and Thurston county with a third opening in the Spring 2019 in Pierce county (on the campus of Western State Hospital).

Agency Mission

To transform lives by supporting sustainable recovery, independence and wellness.
Request 1,069,869,000
Net change from current biennium (457,406,269) Decrease
Percent change from current biennium (29.9%) Decrease

Program Level Summary

Fund Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
General Fund - Federal 591,904,055 552,688,492 5,279,741 51,755,000 28,239,000
General Fund - Private/Local 27,849,777 30,761,318 7,513,704 15,376,000 15,374,000
General Fund - State 593,634,000 713,515,217 190,981,297 442,186,000 483,639,000
Behavioral Health Innovation Account - State 6,777,000
Dedicated Marijuana Account - State 3,684,000 3,684,000
Pension Funding Stabilization Account - State 18,689,000 4,162,500 16,650,000 16,650,000
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund Account - Nonappropriated 309,000
Information Technology Investment Revolving Account - Nonappropriated 1,937,909
Annual Total 1,226,095,741 1,319,338,027 207,937,242 525,967,000 543,902,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
377,598,128 19.5% (789,879,306) (34.1%) (457,406,269) (29.9%)

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 3,419.8 3,865.5 3,952.0 4,284.2 4,407.2