Behavioral Health System Navigator


House Bill 1713


Goal: To increase equitable access to behavioral healthcare and services for students in need, through state and regional cross-system collaboration with schools and communities.  

Purpose: To investigate the benefits of a dedicated staff person networking with regional partners and K­-12 school districts for the coordination of behavioral health services to students and families who are eligible for Medicaid.  

Background: In 2017, House Bill 1713 directed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide leadership in supporting two Educational Service Districts to hire a dedicated staff person as a Behavioral Health System Navigator. In fall of 2017, Northeast Washington ESD 101 and Capital Region ESD 113 were selected as pilot sites. 

Application: The primary responsibility of the Navigator is to bridge the gap between education and behavioral health systems. The Navigator supports the development and expansion of processes and procedures that increase the district’s capacity to successfully access Medicaid reimbursement programs. This helps schools maximize their use of current available resources, while identifying areas of development. 

The Navigator:

  • Coordinates behavioral health resources, supports, service providers, schools, school districts, and communities in the ESD region.
  • Facilitates partnerships across the multiple systems of behavioral healthcare services and supports for children and families.
  • Ensures the adequacy of systems-level supports for students in need of behavioral health services through the integration of service delivery models.
  • Collaborates with ESDs, OSPI, districts, schools, community partners, and other stakeholders to increase access to behavioral healthcare services and supports.



Andrew Bingham
Behavioral Health System Navigator