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2020 Legislative Priorities: An Overview

Fish Barriers

Counties support legislation and funding that will help to remove fish barriers with a regional and watershed approach in mind. Just fixing state fish barriers will do nothing to solve the overall problem. The Legislature must provide funding to remove fish barriers at the state and local level as well as the necessary tools to meet the 2030 mandate.

Public Defense

Access to a defense attorney is a fundamental constitutional right where the responsibility has been passed down to counties. The Legislature funds less than 4% of the costs and counties spend $156 million annually. For equal access to justice, the Legislature must fund the full cost of trial court public defense services.

Unfunded Mandates

The Legislature has continued to shift costs through policy changes and legislation down to county government. To pay for these unfunded mandates, counties divert funds from road maintenances leaving critical public safety positions unfilled to meet the obligations from the state. Counties oppose any changes that will increase county costs without funding attached.

Behavioral Health

Washington State is changing how it pays for delivery of physical health services, mental health services and substance use disorder services, choosing to treat the whole person – mind and body – to more effectively achieve better health outcomes and lower costs. While the Legislature has taken significant steps to strengthen and improve the current behavioral health system, counties, as partners in delivery of these services, continue to be concerned about gaps in services and adequate funding to support county responsibilities. As the state proceeds with behavioral health integration, the Legislature must fund a complete behavioral health system and ensure that counties receive the funds necessary to provide quality care. Ensure Washington State provides an adequately funded comprehensive behavioral health system.

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Thank you @WasteManagement for sponsoring the County Leaders Conference and giving an update on what is new with recycling during our opening session! #CL2019 ...

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On the last day of County Leaders, we are providing learning opportunities around the opioid crisis, data around counties, and cybersecurity - just to name a few. Check out the full schedule and get the session descriptions and speaker bios.

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