SB 5195-WA State’s 2021 naloxone law

Washington State has a new law, 2SSB 5195, “Concerning prescribing opioid overdose reversal medication,” that goes into effect on January 1, 2022. The law requires behavioral health agencies and hospitals to prescribe or distribute naloxone to patients at risk of opioid overdose.

Learn about 2SSB 5195

Below is a list of materials and resources that may help your organization with the new law.

Laura Meader, MA, LSWAIC, is the Overdose Reversal Medication Program Director at the Health Care Authority, and will oversee implementation of the law. If you have questions about 2SSB 5195, or need technical assistance, please reach out to her, laura.meader@HCA.wa.gov.

Webinars

Watch HCA’s Lunch and Learn series for behavioral health agencies: Distributing naloxone in behavioral health settings

The WA Health Care Authority, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and We Care Daily clinics will collaborate on a two-part lunch and learn series on the impact of Senate Bill 5195 on certified and licensed behavioral health agencies. Lunch and learn speakers will provide guidance on implementation, best practices, resources, and technical assistance support. This session is appropriate for all interested staff, leadership, and pharmacy partners.

Overdose and MOUD resources

Order overdose and MOUD materials from the ADAI Clearinghouse

Thanks to King County Department of Community and Human Services Behavioral Health and Recovery Division for the translation of the brochure!

To order any of these brochures or flyers, send an email to adaiclr@uw.edu. Materials are available in packs of 50.

Other resources from Stopoverdose: and Learnabouttreatment.org

Naloxone from the WA Department of Health

The new law requires insurance to be billed for naloxone when possible. However, if your organization still needs naloxone for people who do not have insurance, you can apply to become a naloxone distribution program with the WA Department of Health Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program.

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