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Personal protective equipment (PPE) for Behavioral Health Providers survey

June 29, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Health Care Authority has received feedback from Prevention, Treatment and Recovery support service providers related to the access of Personal Protections Equipment (PPE).

Although there is some access to PPE via public and private avenues, we continue to hear of access or shortage struggles. We are also aware many of you have sent weekly requests to your local health jurisdictions and/or emergency management offices for PPE. Based on supplies... more

Do you need support due to stress from COVID-19? Call Washington Listens

June 24, 2020

Washington Listens is a program that provides non-clinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. Part of the program is a call-in line where people can speak to a support specialist and receive information and connection to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained. Washington Listens staff will receive basic training to provide support to individuals during the COVID-... more

Prevention Fellowship Program application now open

June 3, 2020

HCA has opening applications for the next round of Fellows to enter the 10-month Prevention Fellowship Program, starting on October 1, 2020. This is an exciting opportunity to start or re-start your career in prevention science and community organizing. Application can be found online. Applications due June 30.

Washington State Prevention Summit Conference is going virtual

June 2, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we have made the decision to host the Washington State Prevention Provider Meeting and Prevention Summit virtually. Your health and safety are our top priorities. Prevention is as important as ever in this time! We are dedicated to continuing to support the very important work you are doing to support the resiliency of youth, families and your community.

The pre-conference Washington State Prevention Provider Meeting will be held on Monday,... more

Is your school registered for the 2020 Healthy Youth Survey?

May 18, 2020

Anyone can check the status of a school to see if they have registered for the 2020 Healthy Youth Survey.

If your school still needs to register go to... more

Join Behavioral Health Providers Connect

May 4, 2020

In partnership with the Health Care Authority, the Washington Council for Behavioral Health is thrilled to announce the launch of a listserv, BH Providers Connect, where Washington’s community of behavioral health providers, including licensed behavioral health agencies, suboxone providers, clubhouses, peer run organizations, community-based recovery support providers, Recovery Helpline staff, prevention providers, behavioral health researchers, and other agencies... more

Prevention materials available to ship

April 22, 2020

Since coalition coordinators will not be attending the Coalition Leadership Institute in-person, we wanted to make sure some of our prevention resources were available to coalitions and coordinators.

HCA will ship select items to communities (maximum of 50 for each item). To order, complete the attached form and submit to

Washington State launches Spread the Facts public awareness campaign

April 17, 2020

Washington State Department of Health, Health Care Authority, Department of Social and Health Services and partner agencies recently launched a statewide public awareness campaign to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Spread the... more

Limited loaner laptops available from HCA

April 17, 2020

HCA has a limited number of laptops to loan to medical or behavioral health providers and prevention or recovery based organizations who do not have access to or the resources to obtain a laptop in order to offer services.

Laptops are only available during the COVID-19 pandemic, and providers who receive a laptop will... more

2020 Spring Youth Forum to be held virutally

April 16, 2020

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 Spring Youth Forum Virtual Event | May 20th from 12:00-3:00 PM.

Thank you for your patience and valuable feedback to assist us in making an informed decision on next steps regarding the 2020 Spring Youth Forum.

HCA has continued to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 and how it will impact this year’s conference. In an effort to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, the 2020 Spring Youth Forum... more