Case Study: Creating and lobbying for mental health legislation by special request of Gov. Jay Inslee

Case Study: Creating and lobbying for mental health legislation by special request of Gov. Jay Inslee

Case Study: Creating and lobbying for mental health legislation by special request of Gov. Jay Inslee

Challenge

Governor Jay Inslee had worked closely with Wilson Strategic during his 2012 campaign to develop a health care platform. In 2013, the Governor’s office called once again requesting help and feedback in creating legislation on mental health integration. The primary challenge was fleshing out the language of the Bill and garnering bipartisan support in the Washington legislature.

Solution

Wilson Strategic organized a taskforce to elicit feedback from stakeholders involved in health care integration. Wilson Staff revised and reviewed policy language to ensure that it adhered to the Governor’s health care platform.

Drawing on its deep pool of legislative expertise, Wilson Strategic—by special request of the Governor—lobbied for House Bill 2572 in Olympia and built a broad coalition of support among Democrats and Republicans.

Outcome

House Bill 2572, and its companion Senate Bill 6312, both passed in the 2014 legislative session. Since then, Wilson Strategic has continued to be part of the conversation of mental health integration in the state.

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