5
Feb

Public Health Bills Moving Forward

It was a flurry of activity the first few weeks and there are a number of bills moving forward of interest to WSALPHO.  Of particular note are issues relating to on-site sewage systems (OSS), Tobacco 21, and opiates – all priorities for WSALPHO.  HB 1476: on-site sewage systems This bill was voted off the House floor on Thursday and assigned

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29
Jan

Why Funding Local Group B Programs is Important

Group B Water systems are small systems designed to provide drinking water to small businesses and communities across the state.  These systems (those defined at 15 or fewer connections and fewer than 25 people served) are really important for rural development where larger public utilities do not provide service. The Department of Health (DOH) and local health jurisdictions (LHJs) share

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29
Jan

Public Health Update

State funding for local Group B Water Programs is in jeopardy and a supplemental budget request was made by the Department of Health (DOH).  DOH has provided funding for local Group B water programs for the last year.  This funding helped LHJs in NE Tri, Okanogan, Lincoln, Grant, Klickitat, and Grays Harbor establish their own programs. Funding was also provided

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21
Jan

Week 3 Public Health Update

The second week of session was full of activity on opiates. The Governor held a news briefing on Monday, outlining his strategy and legislation (HB 2489 and SB 6150) for addressing the opiate crisis. His proposal has similarities to the Attorney General but provides additional emphasis on treatment and prevention strategies. WSALPHO, like other healthcare and public health agencies, supports

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