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.


Preliminary recommendations (Jan. 2017)


Modernizing Washington's Mental Health System (Oct. 2018)

State Hospital Indicators

DSHS & HCA Budget Updates, Ready for Discharge Proviso, Hospital Oversight Update, TB Settlement Update

The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration’s Response to Support Mental Health Transformation for FY 2018 (Report)

Forensic Risk Modeling in the Medicaid Population


See list of members

  • Sen. Ann Rivers
  • Sen. Annette Cleveland
  • Rep. Eileen Cody
  • Rep. Jay Rodne
  • Sen. Jeannie Darneille
  • Rep. Joe Schmick
  • Rep. Laurie Jinkins
  • Sen. Steve O'Ban
  • Secretary Cheryl Strange, Department of Social and Health Services
  • Director Joel Sacks, Department of Labor and Industries
  • Rashi Gupta, Governor's Policy Advisor

Past meetings and materials

January 7, 2019


October 18, 2018


April 17, 2018

December 15, 2017

October 30, 2017

December 20, 2016

November 22, 2016

October 27, 2016

September 12, 2016

June 30, 2016

May 31, 2016

April 29, 2016