Behavioral Health Support Specialist Rules in Progress

How may I participate in rulemaking?

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

You may find more information from our partners about what is a behavioral health support specialist, the clinical training program, and the clinical implementation plan at the University of Washington webpage.

Current rules in progress

Behavioral health support specialist is a new program regulated by the Department of Health. Watch this space for information regarding upcoming rules workshops. Notification of workshops will also be announced via GovDelivery listserv.

Rules Workshops for Developing the Behavioral Health Support Specialist Credential

Recent Workshops

The Department of Health recently concluded a second series of workshops to review draft rule language based on the input received from the public at the last series of workshops. The department provided an overview of the rule-making process, timelines, asked for feedback on the draft language, and reviewed areas where input was still needed to finish developing the draft rules.

Updated rule language integrating the feedback from these workshops is included in the draft rule language update (PDF).

Submit any additional written feedback via email.

Past Workshops

Workshop Information

In early 2024, the department hosted the following workshops:

Date Time Topic Handouts
February 13, 2024 11:30 a.m.

Overview of rule-making process

Overview of full draft chapter

Supervisor requirements

Draft Rule Language (PDF)

Slide Deck – Professional Standards (PDF)

February 14, 2024 5 p.m. Supervisor Requirements  
February 15, 2024 11:30 a.m. Supervisor Requirements  
February 20, 2024 11:30 a.m. Professional Standards Slide Deck – Professional Standards (PDF)
February 21, 2024 5 p.m. Professional Standards  
February 22, 2024 11:30 a.m.


Continuing Education

Fee Narrative (PDF)

Slide Deck – Continuing Education (PDF)

February 27, 2024 11:30 a.m.

Fees and Continuing Education Recap


Updated Draft Rule Language (PDF)

Slide Deck – Practicum, Fees, and CE Recap (PDF)

February 28, 2024 5 p.m. Practicum  
February 29, 2024 11:30 a.m. Practicum Updated Draft Rule Language (PDF)
March 5, 2024 11:30 a.m. Tentative: Education Requirements  
March 6, 2024 5 p.m. Tentative: Supervisor Requirements Review  
March 7, 2024 - Canceled 11:30 a.m.    

Fall 2023 Workshops

The Department of Health hosted a series of workshops to begin developing rules for the new behavioral health support specialist credential created by SB 5189. Below you will find the slide decks that were presented at each workshop, along with the topics for which we sought feedback.

Date Time Topic Handouts
October 23, 2023 Noon Introduction to rule-making process Slide Deck Introduction (PDF)
October 25, 2023 Noon Education Slide Deck – Education (PDF)

UW Curriculum Competencies and Sample Learning Objectives (PDF)
October 25, 2023 5:30 p.m. Education Slide Deck – Education (PDF)
October 30, 2023 1 p.m. Practicum/Supervisors/Supervision Slide Deck – Practicum/Supervisors/Supervision (PDF)
November 1, 2023 Noon Practicum/Supervisors/Supervision Slide Deck – Practicum/Supervisors/Supervision (PDF)
November 1, 2023 5:30 p.m. Continuing Education Slide Deck – Continuing Education (PDF)
November 6, 2023 Noon Apprenticeships  
November 7, 2023 1 p.m. Canceled  

Opportunities for Feedback

You may monitor the progress of rulemaking through our Behavioral Health Support Specialist Rules in Progress webpage or sign up for our GovDelivery notification system.

You may also email written ideas or recommendations.

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