18
Jul

Emergency Management Issues for 2020

In the 2019 Legislative Session, the Washington Military Department had a number of legislative priorities. It saw success with several of its priorities, but there were a couple of bills that impact emergency management that didn’t make the finish line and will carry over into next session. One of these priorities is the National Guard tuition assistance bill (SB 5197

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28
Apr

A Quick Rundown of Human Services & Public Safety Budgets

In the 2019-2021 biennial budget, the State invested a significant amount of money in the behavioral health system. Whether that funding is sufficient is yet to be seen because of the many, complex factors involved, including finalizing integration, and issues related to the state hospitals, capacity, staffing, and Trueblood. In the capital budget, $119.9 million is dedicated to community-based behavioral

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13
Apr

Affordable and Supportive Housing

One of the bills that we have been strongly supportive of this session, SHB 1406, currently sits in the Ways & Means Committee. This bill would authorize local governments to enter into a revenue-sharing partnership with the state for affordable housing over a period of 20 years so as to allow the funds to be bonded. The revenue sharing mechanism

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2
Apr

Grant Program to Expand Alternatives to Arrest and Jail

In the recently released House budget funding in the amount of $2.4 million is provided to implement 2SHB 1767 which establishes a grant program to engage individuals with substance use disorders or other behavioral health needs in therapeutic programs and services when they are involved in the criminal justice system. The Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC)

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