The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has received federal approval for its 1115 Medicaid waiver to continue implementing the governor’s Healthier Washington plan. The state plans to implement the changes in early 2017. The new waiver has significant implications for consumers with behavioral health disorders. Likely changes to the Washington Medicaid system due to the waiver include: Improved bi-directional chronic care management for mental illness and addiction disorder New coverage of supported employment and supportive housing services to help beneficiaries with physical, behavioral, or long-term service needs obtain and keep jobs and . . .