Select Committee on Quality Improvement in State Hospitals

The Select Committee on Improving Quality in State Hospitals was established in 2016 by ESSB 6656. The select committee comprises eight voting members of the Legislature and one voting member appointed by the Governor. The committee also includes the heads of the Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Labor and Industries, who are both nonvoting members. The committee is tasked with receiving updates, monitoring and making recommendations to the Governor, the Office of Financial Management and the Legislature on several topics including:

  • State hospital structure, financing, staff composition, and workforce development needs
  • Use of funds from the Governor’s Behavioral Health Innovation Fund, also established in ESSB 6656
  • Monitoring progress on implementation of legislative policies
  • Reviewing survey findings concerning the safety of state hospitals

The select committee must convene at least quarterly through its expiration on July 1, 2019.

Recommendations

Preliminary recommendations (Jan. 2017)

Members

See list of members

  • Sen. Randi Becker
  • Sen. Annette Cleveland
  • Sen. Steve O'Ban
  • Sen. Jeannie Darneille
  • Rep. Eileen Cody
  • Rep. Joe Schmick
  • Rep. Laurie Jinkins
  • Rep. Jay Rodne
  • Pat Lashway, Department of Social and Health Services
  • Joel Sacks, Department of Labor and Industries
  • Andi Smith, Governor's Policy Advisor

Past meetings and materials

December 20, 2016

November 22, 2016

October 27, 2016

September 12, 2016

June 30, 2016

May 31, 2016

April 29, 2016

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