Update: Behavioral Health Support Specialist program

Department news | January 31, 2023

Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, and Bill O’Connell, EdD, traveled to Olympia earlier this month to testify in support of Senate Bill 5189 to credential a Behavioral Health Support Specialist (BHSS) in Washington. Credentialing is a strategic priority of the Behavioral Health Support Specialist workforce project to support organizations in service recovery and sustaining the BHSS position. Eight colleagues from across the state joined them in testifying to support the bill. Among 60 who signed into the hearing, but did not testify, 58 were for the bill, two were neutral and none opposed. Rep. Callan introduced a bipartisan companion bill in the House (House Bill 1348) which was also heard this month. For more information visit the BHSS project page or contact bhsswa@uw.edu.