Greetings from Olympia! We have reached the halfway point of the legislative session and have been busy all week in the Senate chamber, voting on bills.
While the Senate bills that have been sent over to the House of Representatives this session address a wide variety of issues, one of my biggest priorities has been to improve our state’s mental healthcare system. Some examples I’m working on include: getting more specialists into the mental health profession, providing tax relief to facilities that provide behavioral and mental health services, supporting and expanding behavioral health workforce pathway programs and expanding opportunities for students to pursue careers in the mental and behavioral health professions.
Check out my video below where I’m joined by nursing students from WSU Tri-Cities as we talk about mental health issues in our region.
As always, please let me know if I can be of assistance to you. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your state senator.