News & Updates

  • 28 Apr 2014 7:30 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    A suicide attempt happens every minute of every day. Every 14 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies by suicide.  The Out of the Darkness Overnight is 16-18 mile fundraising walk that will take you on a dusk till dawn journey unlike any other. From the Seattle Center, to the Olympic Sculpture Park, Fremont, Downtown Seattle and vibrant Belltown - together, a courageous community will break the silence and bring the issues of mental illness and suicide into the light.

    The Overnight is organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

    For more information:  http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.home

  • 07 Feb 2014 9:35 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    The Health Systems Quality Assurance division of the Washington State Department of Health posts the Winter 2014 issue of the Patient Safety Quarterly.

    [From the department]

    Greetings from the Health Systems Quality Assurance division of the Washington State Department of Health. 

    Our winter 2014 issue of the Patient Safety Quarterly is now online. This newsletter focuses on business we have in common, including emerging issues, challenges and joint projects. Feel free to share this newsletter with others. We would be happy to add recipients. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what we can do to improve communications with you.  

    If you are not already receiving our newsletter and would like to be added to our distribution list, or do not wish to receive this newsletter in the future, please contact Susan Gonzales.

    Thank you for all of the work you do in protecting patient safety.  [End]

  • 03 Feb 2014 4:26 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    In response to agency proposed rule making change to WAC 246-810-990, Counselors fees and renewal cycle, the Washington Professional Counselors Association (association) submits the following comments and recommendations to the Washington State Department of Health (department), on behalf of Certified Counselors, Certified Advisers, and Agency Affiliated Counselors.

    CLICK HERE to read the Proposed Rule Making (CR-102).

    CLICK HERE to read the response from WAPROCA.

    CLICK HERE to read the Dec 2011 Report on Counselor Credentialing.

    CLICK HERE for public comment on the proposed rule for fee increases.
                        (look for WAC 246-810-990)

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  • 03 Dec 2013 6:13 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    From the WA State Dept. of Health:

    The Washington State Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee is currently accepting application for the following:

    ·         One public member

    ·         One Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW)

    ·         One Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

    In order to qualify you must meet the following:

    ·         Live in Washington. 

    ·         Cannot hold an office in a professional association for Mental Health, Social Work, or Marriage and Family Therapy.

    ·         Cannot be employees of Washington State.  

    ·         Each professional member must have been actively engaged as a mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, or social worker for five years immediately preceding appointment.

    ·         Public members represent the public and cannot be affiliated with the professions listed in RCW 18.225.

    The committee meets four times each year.  Members are paid $50 a day, and travel expenses.

    If you have questions, please contact Betty J. Moe at DOH, Licensed Counselor Program, PO Box 47852, Olympia WA 98504-7852, (360) 236-4912, or e-mail at Betty.Moe@doh.wa.gov.

    You can get the application by accessing our website at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/600032.pdf

    You can learn more about the committee at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthCounselor/CommitteeInformation.aspx 

    Applications must be received by January 10, 2014.

    Betty J. Moe, Acting Executive Director
    Professions in Mental and Behavioral Health
    Occupational Therapy
    Orthotics
    Prosthetics
    Hearing and Speech

    Office of Health Professions and Facilities
    Department of Health 

    Mail:
    PO Box 47852
    Olympia, Washington 98504-7852

    Phone: 360-236-4912
    Fax: 360-236-2901
    Email: Betty.Moe@doh.wa.gov

    OUR NEW WEB ADDRESS - www.doh.wa.gov/Home.aspx

    "Public Health - Always Working For A Safer and Healthier Washington."

  • 05 Nov 2013 12:00 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    From: WA State Dept. of Health
               Betty J. Moe, Acting Executive Director

    The Department of Health, Examining Board of Psychology (Board) has three upcoming vacancies for professional members.  The Board is looking for individuals willing to study the issues and make decisions in the best interest of the public.

    The Board is made up of nine members:

    • Seven psychologists
    • Two public members
    To qualify as a professional member one must:
    • Be a citizen of the United States.
    • Been practicing as a licensed psychologist in Washington for at least three years.
    • Live in the state of Washington.
    The Board meets six (6) times a year at the department’s office in Tumwater or Kent.  Members are paid $50 per day and are reimbursed for travel expenses and meals.  Board members take part in disciplinary hearings, case and application reviews. To learn more about the time commitment, please view the Board’s page at:

    http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/Professions
    NewReneworUpdate/Psychologist/BoardInformation.aspx

    If you or someone you know is interested in applying for these positions, please complete an application and return it by November 25, 2013 along with a current resume and three letters of reference.  If you have applied in the past, you will need to apply again to express your interest in these positions.

    If you have any questions about serving on the Examining Board of Psychology, please contact Betty J. Moe at Department of Health, Examining Board of Psychology, Post Office Box 47852, Olympia WA 98504-7852 or call (360) 236-4912.

    You can complete applications at the following link:

    https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/boardsapplication

  • 26 Sep 2013 8:33 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    We have upgraded our phone system, and have a new direct-dial phone number. Reach someone directly, or leave a voicemail for a return phone call.

    (206) 289-0874
  • 26 Sep 2013 8:24 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    This weekend, Sept. 28th (8am-3:30pm), attend the 17th annual Washington Small Business Fair at Renton Technical College. Learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business. This includes getting a start on setting up your private practice. It's FREE to attend!

  • 15 Jul 2013 1:22 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    This is a question that has come up more than a few times over the past month, providing the perfect opportunity for a FAQ post.  This explanation, from the internet, provides the most accurate and simplistic answer.

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    You frequently see the word or phrase healthcare and health care but are unsure whether they are the same. Many people use them to mean the same thing but they are fundamentally different.

    Health care as two words refers to what happens to a patient. Often, health care is a passive event: the provider kicks off and the patient receives. But health care should be more like the full football analogy: after the Provider team kicks off, the Patient team runs with the ball. Health care should be an interactive event: both sides do something. Passive or interactive, health care as two words refers to actions by people who work in healthcare and by patients.

    Healthcare as one word refers to a system or systems to offer, provide, and deliver health care (two words). Thus, the USA has a healthcare system. In Great Britain, they call it the NHS (National Health Service). The thing that doesn’t work well for anyone; that costs too much; has frequent errors; and too few providers, that is called healthcare.

    Health care – two words – refers to provider actions.
    Healthcare – one word – is a system.
    We need the second in order to have the first.

    (Source: Dr. J. Deane Waldman, MD.)

  • 15 Jul 2013 1:12 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    [WA State Department of Health - Update Notification]
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    The Washington State Department of Health (department) has officially adopted the updated rule on allowable fees health care providers may charge for searching and duplicating health care records under WAC 246-08-400.  The rule was adopted and filed by the department following a public hearing held on June 5,2013, in Tumwater, Washington. The rule was filed with the Code Reviser’s Office on July 1, 2013 (WSR #13-14-092).  The updated rule language is attached. 

    The updated fees are as follows:

    ·         No more than $1.09 per page for the first 30 pages

    ·         No more than .82 per page for all additional pages

    ·         A $24 clerical fee may be charged for searching and handling records

    There were no comments received in regard to this rule change.
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  • 26 Jun 2013 11:24 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Good afternoon,

    Please join me in congratulating these individuals on their recent appointment to the Certified Counselors, Certified Advisers, and Registered Hypnotherapists Advisory Committee.
    • Miriam Dyak, Certified Counselor
    • Diane Green, Certified Counselor
    • Janet Large, Hypnotherapist
    • Mary Long, Hypnotherapist
    • William Gant, Public Member
    As founding committee members they will set the tone for dedication, diligence, and focus toward pursuing the highest level of professional standards for these credentials.  We are honored to be working with each of them.  Congratulations!

    Tim

    Tim Livingston
    President
    WA Professional Counselors Association.

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