Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) committees

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 1477, establishing the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Committee 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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Crisis response improvement strategy overview

The Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1477 which directs the Health Care Authority (HCA), the Department of Health (DOH), 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.

Open seat on CRIS Committee

Health Care Authority is seeking candidates to fill an open seat on the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy Committee. The open seat is designated to a person with lived experience of a suicide attempt, suicide loss, or participation in the crisis system related to lived experience of a behavioral health disorder. To preserve this dedication, statements of interest will only be considered from those who identify with lived experience within these areas. Interested persons are not expected to share information about that experience and have full discretion over self-disclosure.

Applications will be reviewed by HCA staff and may also be reviewed by current CRIS Committee members. As part of the selection process, non-HCA reviewers will not receive answers provided under the General information and Signature sections. However, statements of interest are considered public records and may be disclosed in accordance with applicable public record laws.

Please send statements of interest to HCAprogram1477@hca.wa.gov by Wednesday, October 5. 

Meeting schedule and materials

Learn about public comments at CRIS meetings.

2022

Committee

Date

How to join

Meeting materials

CRIS Committee

February 1

 

Meeting agenda (2/1/2022)

Meeting summary (2/1/2022)

Initial assessment (12/31/21)

CRIS member written comments on the initial assessment (as of 1/21/22)

CRIS high-level work plan (draft) 

View the meeting recording (2/1/2022)

Steering Committee

February 10

 

Meeting agenda (2/10/2022)

Meeting summary (2/10/2022) 

High level work plan (2/10/2022) 

View the meeting recording (2/10/2022)

CRIS Committee

March 15

 

Meeting agenda (3/15/2022)

Meeting summary (3/15/2022) 

View the meeting presentation (3/15/2022)

View the meeting recording (3/15/2022)

Lived Experience Subcommittee

March 21

 

Meeting agenda (3/21/2022) 

Meeting summary (3/21/2022) 

Steering Committee

March 24

 

Meeting agenda (3/24/2022) 

Meeting summary (3/24/2022) 

View the meeting presentation (3/24/2022) 

View the meeting recording (3/24/2022) 

Lived Experience Subcommittee

Monday, April 18

 

Meeting agenda (4/18/2022) 

CRIS draft vision and guiding principles 

Join the meeting 

CRIS Committee

Tuesday, May 10

 

Meeting agenda (5/10/2022)

Meeting summary (5/10/2022)

View the meeting presentation (5/10/2022) 

CRIS draft vision and guiding principles

Comments on CRIS draft vision and guiding principles 

View the meeting recording (5/10/2022) 

Steering Committee

Thursday, May 19

 

Meeting agenda (5/19/2022)

Meeting summary (5/19/2022)

View the meeting presentation (5/19/2022) 

Revisions of draft vision and guiding principles 

Comments on draft vision and guiding principles

View the meeting recording (5/19/2022) 

Lived Experience Subcommittee

Tuesday, June 7  

Meeting agenda (06/07/2022)

View the meeting presentation (06/07/2022)

CRIS Committee

Tuesday, July 12

 

View the meeting agenda (7/12/2022)

View the meeting presentation (07/12/2022)

View the meeting recording (07/12/2022)

Crisis services best practice summary

High-level work plan (July status update)

Learn more about adult crisis response services

Learn more about youth crisis response services 

Lived Experience Subcommittee

Wednesday, July 13

5 to 7 p.m.

 

View the meeting agenda (7/13/2022) 

View the meeting presentation (07/13/2022)

Steering Committee

Wednesday, July 20

1 to 2:30 p.m.

 

View the meeting agenda (7/20/2022)

View the meeting presentation (7/20/2022) 

View the meeting recording (7/20/2022) 

Lived Experience Subcommittee

Monday, August 15

5 to 7 p.m.

 

Join the meeting

View the meeting agenda (8/15/2022) 

CRIS Committee

Tuesday, September 20
1 to 4 p.m. 

 

Join the meeting

View the meeting agenda (9/20/2022) 

View the meeting presentation (9/20/2022)

View the meeting recording (9/20/2022)

Lived Experience Subcommittee

Monday, September 26 

2 to 4 p.m.

 

Join the meeting

View the meeting agenda (9/26/2022)

Print the NAMI worksheet 

CRIS Committee

Tuesday, November 15
1 to 4 p.m. 

   
Steering Committee

Tuesday, November 29
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

   
CRIS Committee

Tuesday, December 13
2 to 5 p.m.

   
Steering Committee

Thursday, December 15
Noon to 2 p.m. 

   

2023

CRIS Committee

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.
   
Steering Committee

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.
   

    Past meetings

    2021

    CRIS Committee
    Steering Committee
    Subcommittees

    Name of meeting

    Date

    Meeting materials

    All-subcommittee kickoff

    December 2

    Meeting agenda (12/2/2021)

    Meeting materials (12/2/2021)

    Watch the Kickoff meeting (12/2/2021)

    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.

    CRIS subcommittees

    The Steering Committee formed seven CRIS subcommittees:

    • Credentialing and Training Subcommittee
    • Technology Subcommittee
    • Cross-System Crisis Response Subcommittee
    • Confidential Information Compliance and Coordination
    • Rural and Agricultural Communities
    • Lived Experience (open to all individuals and families with lived experience; subcommittee will not be limited in size)
    • Tribal 988 Subcommittee (facilitated through the Tribal Centric Behavioral Health Advisory Board)

    Subcommittees will help support implementation of the new 9-8-8 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and help develop recommendations for an integrated behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention system in Washington. The CRIS Steering Committee selected subcommittee members for their diverse community perspectives and professional expertise.

    For information about subcommittee work, please see the HB 1477 Subcommittee report. 

    Public comment

    All CRIS Committee and Steering Committee 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 and Steering Committee meeting to share comments, and members of the public who wish to do so can email Brittany Thompson, by noon one business day before the meeting. In addition, if you would like to submit a written comment, please email HCAprogram1477@hca.wa.gov.

    Reports and documentation

    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.

    Federal and State legislation
    HCA / DOH reports

    HCA reports

    DOH documents

    DOH/Vibrant technical details

    DOH presentations

    Resources

    Committee charters

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

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