Chapter 71.24 RCW Community Mental Health Services Act – This chapter grants Department of Health the authority to license behavioral health agencies and to certify behavioral health services (see RCW 71.24.037)
Chapter 71.05 RCW Mental Illness – This chapter contains requirements for services provided to adults under civil commitment (involuntary detention) for behavioral health conditions.
Chapter 71.34 RCW Mental Health Services for Minors – This chapter contains requirements for services provided to minors under civil commitment (involuntary detention) for behavioral health conditions.
Department of Health rules
Chapter 246-341 WAC Behavioral Health Services Administrative Requirements – These rules describe the licensing and certification requirements for behavioral health agencies and the services they provide.
Health Care Authority Rules
The Health Care Authority has a behavioral health and recovery rulemaking website showing its rule-making activity related to behavioral health agencies and services.
Health Care Authority rules related to behavioral health and managed care are in title 182 WAC, under the following WAC chapters:
- 182-538 Managed care
- 182-538A Washington Apple Health fully integrated managed care (FIMC)
- 182-538B Behavioral health wraparound services, and
- 182-538C Crisis and noncrisis behavioral health services
Historical DSHS-DBHR rule versions (for reference purposes only)
Former DSHS-DBHR rules effective April 1, 2018
- Former DSHS-DBHR “Single Set” of rules for licensure and certification of behavioral health services (PDF)