News release

For immediate release
Monday, November 4, 2019

HCA seeking organizations to boost services to people transitioning from state hospitals

OLYMPIA – The Health Care Authority (HCA) is seeking organizations that want to participate in a project to provide team-based wraparound mental health services to people transitioning from state hospitals.

The request for proposals is open through November 15.

The pilot program will include four intensive residential teams (IRT) that will be sent around the state based on need. Selectees will receive startup funds and training from the University of Washington, with service delivery starting in January 2020. Teams will bill for services through Apple Health (Medicaid) managed care organizations and behavioral health - administrative services organizations.

About intensive residential teams

IRTs are available 16 hours a day to meet the needs of a person who is discharged or diverted from state hospitals to Department of Social and Health Services Aging and Long-term Support Administration facilities. Each team has a dedicated prescriber, two full-time registered nurses, two full-time mental health providers, and two full-time peer counselors. The teams provide recovery-based treatment designed to promote stability, and safety. Teams provide medication management and primary mental health services based on individual need.

Organizations interested in applying can learn more by logging in to the Intensive residential teams request for proposals (RFP 4005) on the state procurement page. You will need your WEBS for Vendors log in.