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Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) committees

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 1477, establishing the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy Committee (CRIS) and Steering Committee. These committees will develop recommendations to support implementation of the national 988 suicide prevention hotline and the statewide improvement of behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention services.

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News and announcements

The Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1477 which directs the Health Care Authority (HCA), the Department of Health (DOH), 911, and the Behavioral Health Institute (BHI) at Harborview Medical Center to create the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Committee and Steering Committee. Both committees include legislatures, providers, consumers, and partner agencies.

Read more about the committee members.

Community forums

We invite you to participate in a series of community forums. These forums will explore community perspectives on how to improve Washington’s crisis response and suicide prevention system, including implementation of the new national 988 suicide prevention hotline.

Find out more about each forum and register to participate.

Meeting schedule and materials

The schedule of regular CRIS Committee and Steering Committee meetings is listed below. All meetings are open to the public.

To provide public comment:

  1. Register to attend the meeting on Zoom.
  2. Select:
    1. I am a member of the public observing the meeting.
    2. Yes, I wish to provide public comment.

Learn about public comments at CRIS meetings.

2021

Date

How to join

Meeting materials

Thursday, September 30
9 a.m. to noon

 

Agenda (09/30/2021)

Meeting materials (9/30/2021)

CRIS Committee recording

Date

How to join

Meeting materials

Tuesday, October 12
3 to 5 p.m.

Via Zoom

Register for the meeting

Meeting agenda (10/12/2021)

Tuesday, November 9
3 to 5 p.m.

   
December (Date TBD)    

2022

Date

How to join

Meeting materials

January (TBD)

   

Tuesday, March 15
1 to 4 p.m.

   
Tuesday, September 20
1 to 4 p.m.
   
Tuesday, November 15
1 to 4 p.m.
   

Date

How to join

Meeting materials

Tuesday, January 11
3 to 5 p.m.

   

Tuesday, March 8
3 to 5 p.m.

   
Tuesday, May 10
3 to 5 p.m.
   
Tuesday, July 12
3 to 5 p.m.
   
Tuesday, September 13
3 to 5 p.m.
   
Tuesday, November 8
3 to 5 p.m.
   
Tuesday, December 13
3 to 5 p.m.
   

2023

Date

How to join

Meeting materials

January (TBD)

   

Tuesday, March 21
1 to 4 p.m.

   
Tuesday, June 20
1 to 4 p.m.
   
Tuesday, September 19
1 to 4 p.m.
   
Tuesday, November 21
1 to 4 p.m.
   

Date

How to join

Meeting materials

Tuesday, January 10
3 to 5 p.m.

   

Tuesday, March 14
3 to 5 p.m.

   
Tuesday, May 9
3 to 5 p.m.
   
Tuesday, July 11
3 to 5 p.m.
   
Tuesday, September 12
3 to 5 p.m.
   
Tuesday, November 14
3 to 5 p.m.
   
Tuesday, December 12
3 to 5 p.m.
   

    Committee members

    CRIS Committee and Steering Committee

    Members represent a diverse range of perspectives and serve in committee seats outlined by HB 1477. View the CRIS Committee and Steering Committee roster.

    HB 1477 subcommittees

    The Steering Committee is seeking candidates interested in serving on the subcommittees, as outlined below, to provide technical analysis and input to inform the Steering Committee’s recommendations. Each subcommittee will inform the Steering Committee’s recommendations in the following areas: 

    • Credentialing and Training Subcommittee: To inform workforce needs and requirements.
    • Technology Subcommittee: To consider technology needed to manage and operate the behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention system. 
    • Cross-System Crisis Response Subcommittee: To examine and define complementary roles and interactions of specified crisis system stakeholders.
    • Confidential Information Compliance and Coordination: To inform information-sharing guidelines to enable crisis call center hubs to actively collaborate with other system providers.
    • Rural and Agricultural Communities: To seek input and address the unique needs of rural and agricultural communities.
    • Lived Experience: To seek input and address the unique needs of people with lived experience and their family members. 

    If you are interested in serving on a subcommittee

    1. Please review further background information in the subcommittee overview and member criteria.
    2. Use the online form to submit a statement of interest by Thursday, October 28 at 5 p.m.

    Public comment

    All CRIS Committee, Steering Committee and subcommittee meetings are public meetings. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to share input. All public comments, whether submitted during or outside of committee meetings, will be considered by CRIS Committee and Steering Committee members.

    How do I make a public comment?

    There is an opportunity at each CRIS meeting to share comments and members of the public who wish to do so can sign up when registration for that meeting is open. In addition, if you would like to submit a written comment, please email HCAprogram1477@hca.wa.gov.

    Legislative reports

    January 1, 2022: First legislative progress report, including result of a comprehensive assessment of the current behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention services system, and preliminary recommendations related to funding of crisis response services from the Statewide 988 Behavioral Health Crisis Response and Suicide Prevention Line Account (Account).

    January 1, 2023: Second legislative progress report, including recommendations related to crisis call center hubs, and final recommendations related to funding crisis response services from the Account.

    January 1, 2024: Final legislative report, including recommendations in 13+ areas outlined by the legislation.

    Committee charters

    Review the CRIS charter to learn about the charge of the committee and their roles and responsibilities, meeting guidelines, and more.

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