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Alcohol And Substance Abuse - Dept of Social and Health Services

RCW 70.96A, Title 74 RCW

The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) administers alcohol and substance abuse disorder programs designed to support the Administration’s mission. More than 95 percent of this funding is currently contracted through county governments, tribes, nonprofit agencies, and other entities to provide a statewide network of prevention, public education, treatment, and intervention and support services to help people avoid and recover from alcoholism and drug addictions. BHA has a lead role in implementation of youth marijuana prevention and treatment activities under initiative I 502. Beginning in April 2016, substance use disorder treatment services were integrated into our mental health managed care contracting system, providing an opportunity to better meet the needs of the people that we serve, many of whom have both mental health and substance use disorders. With the (Affordable Care Act) ACA Medicaid expansion, our goal is to intervene earlier with appropriate, effective treatment for people with substance use disorders. Successful completion of substance use disorder treatment results in reduced medical expenditures and reduced criminal justice involvement. As a part of the second phase of behavioral health integration, all community mental health and substance use disorder programs are transferred from the Department of Social and Health Services to the Health Care Authority with the exception of the Licensing and Certification Program which is transferred to the Department of Health. These transfers are effective July 1, 2017.

Agency Mission

To transform lives by supporting sustainable recovery, independence and wellness.
Net change from current biennium (428,096,316) Decrease
Percent change from current biennium

Program Level Summary

Fund Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
General Fund - Federal 316,334,421 290,327,205 261
General Fund - Private/Local 8,078,604 9,947,286
General Fund - State 59,063,995 96,763,000 (437)
Problem Gambling Account - Private/Local 37,710 25,000
Problem Gambling Account - State 659,864 725,000
Criminal Justice Treatment Account - State 6,532,777 6,488,000
Dedicated Marijuana Account - State 24,659,755 23,557,000
Pension Funding Stabilization Account - State 264,000
Information Technology Investment Revolving Account - Nonappropriated 3,846
Annual Total 415,370,973 428,096,491 (176)

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
270,956,732 62.1% (279,114,933) (39.5%) (428,096,316) (100.0%)

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 70.6 70.4