News & Updates

  • 10 Jan 2018 12:34 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WA STATE DEPT OF HEALTH: To better facilitate strategic thinking about improving health in Washington, the Department of Health has drafted a comprehensive assessment of health in our state, working with partners in local and tribal health, healthcare delivery, and the public health community. We view this document as a key resource for public health to function as a Chief Health Strategist—that is, to provide data and identify key health i...ssues, to convene leaders across multiple sectors, and to strategize with leaders on prevention efforts, policy development, and communication to promote the health of Washingtonians.

    Click below for more information, and to participate in the survey.

  • 01 Jan 2018 10:12 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! Best wishes and good health to you throughout the New Year!

  • 01 Jan 2018 10:12 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! Best wishes and good health to you throughout the New Year!

  • 13 Nov 2017 1:44 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    ARTICLE: "Don't Allow Compassion Fatigue to Force a Professional Crash & Burn"  -Oncology Times

    A wonderful reminder, as we head into the busy holiday season, and take a look back at 2017.

    CLICK HERE to read more.

  • 26 Feb 2017 6:12 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The American Counseling Association (ACA) 2017 Conference & Expo is being held March 16-19 at the Moscone West Convention Center, in San Francisco, CA.  Pre-conference Learning Institutes take place on March 15-16, to include 6-hour daytime and 3-hour evening educational events.

    The Learning Institutes include 25 introductory level and 11 advanced level intensive learning events; selected by peer review.  Each event will be taught by well-qualified and highly rated instructors.

    Attendees can earn up to 17.5 CEs during core conference days by choosing from more than 400+ education sessions organized into 36 tracks.  Earn up to 35.5 CEs by adding the Pre-conference Learning Institutes.

    I will be attending the full conference and expo this year, including the Pre-conference Learning Institutes.  Yes, both 6-hour daytime and 3-hour evening events - each day.  It's sure to be a very full week!

    Active WAPROCA Members will receive a post conference write-up, to include valuable tips and essential resources from the full 5-day/evening experience.

    CLICK HERE for more information on the ACA 2017 Conference & Expo.

  • 18 Feb 2017 2:14 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Bree Collaborative’s latest draft report and recommendations for Behavioral Health Integration is requesting feedback.

    You can read the draft report here:…/Behavioral-Health-Integr…


    You can take the feedback survey here:

    The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday, February 24th.

  • 07 Jan 2017 11:55 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Department of Health is recruiting for the Certified Counselors and Hypnotherapists Advisory Committee. Click the link below for more information, and recruitment notice.

  • 07 Jan 2017 11:45 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    2017 Advisory Committee Meetings have been posted to the WAPROCA calendar. Click the link to view the updated schedule.


  • 01 Jan 2017 1:17 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)


    We wish you a very healthy, happy, and successful 2017!



  • 22 Jul 2016 3:27 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The original email has been included below, regarding the RAP BACK Stakeholders Meeting.  Your participation is requested.  

    While active participation is always best, you may also email us with your feedback to  

    Your voice and feedback are essential to proposed legislative topics such as this.

    Thank you,
    President - WAPROCA


    Dear Stakeholders:

    PLEASE NOTE:  Change in location!!  Due to audio/visual problems, we moved Monday’s Rap Back feedback forum to a different building and room on the Department of Health Campus.  The meeting will be in the Town Center 2 Building in room 145.  Driving directions are below.  Since space is more limited in the new room, we encourage you to consider attending via webinar.  If you haven’t already, please register for the webinar at:

    The Department of Health (department), Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA) is considering legislation to implement the Rap Back program in Washington State for all health care practitioners.

    Rap Back is a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) program that would allow the Washington State Patrol (WSP) to maintain fingerprints on all health care practitioner licensees and to notify the department when a licensee has a change in their criminal history.  Currently, the department obtains fingerprint-based background checks only on those applicants who apply from out of state.  The fingerprints are destroyed once the FBI produces a report. 

    HSQA is partnering with the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission on legislation to amend laws to allow the WSP and the department to participate in Rap Back and to expand electronic fingerprint-based background checks to all applicants either at initial licensure or at renewal.  WSP would maintain the fingerprints and notify the department when new criminal activity occurs. Given the highly mobile nature of our society, Rap Back will help us to protect the citizens of Washington from unsafe health care practitioners.

    We want your input on this important initiative.  We are hosting an open forum so that you can learn more about Rap Back and so that we can answer your questions and gather your input.  Please join us:

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

    Department of Health

    Town Center 2, Room 145

    111 Israel Road SE

    Tumwater, WA   98501


    Driving Directions:


    Kathy Schmitt

    Deputy Director

    Office of Health Professions and Facilities

    Washington State Department of Health

    111 Israel Road SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

    PO Box 47852 Olympia, WA  98504-7852

    (360) 236-2985

    Public Health - Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Washington

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