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Washington Revised Code Title 71. Mental Illness § 71.36.010. Definitions

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Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.

(1) “Agency” means a state, tribal, or local governmental entity or a private not-for-profit organization.

(2) “Behavioral health administrative services organization” means an entity contracted with the health care authority to administer behavioral health services and programs under RCW 71.24.381, including crisis services and administration of the involuntary treatment act, chapter 71.05 RCW, for all individuals in a defined regional service area under chapter 71.24 RCW.

(3) “Child” means a person under eighteen years of age, except as expressly provided otherwise in state or federal law.

(4) “Consensus-based” means a program or practice that has general support among treatment providers and experts, based on experience or professional literature, and may have anecdotal or case study support, or that is agreed but not possible to perform studies with random assignment and controlled groups.

(5) “County authority” means the board of county commissioners or county executive.

(6) “Early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment” means the component of the federal medicaid program established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1396d(r), as amended.

(7) “Evidence-based” means a program or practice that has had multiple site random controlled trials across heterogeneous populations demonstrating that the program or practice is effective for the population.

(8) “Family” means a child's biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, guardian, legal custodian authorized pursuant to Title 26 RCW, a relative with whom a child has been placed by the department of social and health services, or a tribe.

(9) “Managed care organization” means an organization, having a certificate of authority or certificate of registration from the office of the insurance commissioner, that contracts with the health care authority under a comprehensive risk contract to provide prepaid health care services to enrollees under the authority's managed care programs under chapter 74.09 RCW.

(10) “Promising practice” or “emerging best practice” means a practice that presents, based upon preliminary information, potential for becoming a research-based or consensus-based practice.

(11) “Research-based” means a program or practice that has some research demonstrating effectiveness, but that does not yet meet the standard of evidence-based practices.

(12) “Wraparound process” means a family driven planning process designed to address the needs of children and youth by the formation of a team that empowers families to make key decisions regarding the care of the child or youth in partnership with professionals and the family's natural community supports.  The team produces a community-based and culturally competent intervention plan which identifies the strengths and needs of the child or youth and family and defines goals that the team collaborates on achieving with respect for the unique cultural values of the family.  The “wraparound process” shall emphasize principles of persistence and outcome-based measurements of success.

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