PORT ANGELES — Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties could lose more than $1 million in funding per year for people without insurance who need to access mental health services.
Stephanie Lewis, Salish Behavioral Health Organization director, told the Clallam County Board of Health the shortfall would be the result of a change in state law that works to integrate behavioral and physical health services by Jan. 1, 2020. The law dissolves Behavioral Health Organizations and creates Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organizations (BH-ASO).
“There’s additional administrative burden, additional entities needing to withhold administrative funding and less dollars to serve the people that needs the care,” Lewis said.
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