This post was updated April 17, 2019
Each year, the Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington identifies a policy agenda based on input from its broad coalition of community stakeholders. Recommendations for 2019 seek to address a broad range of issues that influence health and wellness in Southwest Washington communities.
- Increase the Housing and Essential Needs rental assistance program.
- Implement eviction reform and require cause to terminate tenancy to prevent homelessness. SB 5733 & HB 1656, HB 1453, and SB 5600 — passed!
- Invest $200 million in the Housing Trust Fund to create affordable homes.
- Increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate. HB 1185 & SB 5319
- Support the priorities of the Children’s Mental Health Workgroup – Priorities will likely include increasing the Medicaid rate, addressing workforce issues, increasing school based mental health services, including suicide prevention and expanding partial hospitalization programs.
- Opioid prevention – Comprehensive package addressing prevention, treatment and recovery supports. HB 1331 & SB 5380 — passed!
- Funding for school Nurses, counselors, family and community engagement coordinators, and school nurse corps – $60 million for K-12 comprehensive supports. HB1265
- Increase Working Connections Child Care reimbursement rates – ensure they cover the cost of meeting state standards. SB 5436 & HB 1344 — passed!
- Funding to support school-based health centers – Potential pilot funding for Southwest Washington.