Family Initiated Treatment (FIT) Training with HCA
Wednesday, December 21, 2021
Training about Family Initiated Treatment (FIT) with Enos Mbajah who is the School Age Child, Youth, and Family Integrated Services Supervisor with the Washington State Healthcare Authority (HCA) .
FIT was developed, based in part, on recommendations made by the Parent Initiated Treatment (PIT) Stakeholder Advisory Group that included youth, parents, clinicians, hospitals/emergency departments, and child system advocates. PIT for acute inpatient evaluation and treatment is long standing and has evolved into FIT, which provides an avenue for outpatient evaluation and treatment as well as additional guidelines associated with the FIT legislation. The stakeholder group’s findings and recommendations were delivered to the Children’s Mental Health Work Group on December 1, 2019, the legislature enacted Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1874.
Under FIT parents are able to provide consent on behalf of youth. Consent from the youth is not required. The youth would have to meet medical necessity before treatment can be initiated. The FIT process creates an additional access point and but does not guarantee care on demand. Providers will have individual processes and requirements for their admission process.