Board Seat Open for BH Provider!

The North Sound ACH is looking for a new Behavioral Health Provider sector representative to serve on the Board of Directors.  Joe Valentine, the CEO for the North Sound BHO, has held this seat since the inception of the North Sound ACH, and we are so grateful for his leadership and voice.  As we seek to fill this very important Board seat, we are looking for nominees that:

  • Add a voice from an underrepresented community (i.e., communities of color, indigenous, disabilities, LGBTQ+)
  • Are younger than age 45
  • Have a funds development and/or financial background

The Board has identified these attributes and skills as areas where the Board has gaps in our current membership.

If you are a Behavioral Health provider and are interested in applying, please use the link below to apply.  Someone from our Governance Committee will respond with a request for a formal conversation.  We will be seeking interested individuals through the middle of January. You can find the application packet at this link (or cut and paste

Please share this message with others in the Behavioral Health provider community to help us reach someone who would be an amazing fit for the ACH Board. 

HCA Public Forum: Medicaid Transformation

Accountable Communities of Health

The Washington State Health Care Authority is holding a series of public meetings across the state to provide details of the state’s plan to test new and innovative approaches to providing Medicaid health coverage in Washington.

The North Sound Region public forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 Wednesday, March 1 at the Skagit Valley College Multipurpose Room, 2405 E. College Way in Mt. Vernon.

The event is intended to be an opportunity for the public to engage, ask questions, and offer comments about the recently signed Medicaid Transformation Project demonstration, and special terms and conditions.

What HCA will cover

Explanation of the three initiative areas of the demonstration:

  • Regional strategies for system transformation
  • Service options for older adults and individuals with disabilities
  • Key foundational community support services for Medicaid clients with critical needs


Registration is not required but it is encouraged. To sign up to attend the free event, click here.


The State of Washington received a signed agreement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), providing up to $1.1 billion in incentives to launch a five-year demonstration, effective January 1, 2017, to achieve better care, better health, and better value; as well as $375 million to support services for Medicaid clients. Find details and resources on the Medicaid Transformation web page.

Washington: $1.5B Medicaid Waiver

The HCA  reached an agreement in-principle with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in October for a five-year Medicaid demonstration waiver. On January 9th the waiver agreement was signed.  This demonstration project will allow up to $1.5 billion of federal investment to help drive Medicaid transformation — accelerating Healthier Washington’s goals of better health, better care, and lower costs. To learn more about the 1115 Waiver, please visit their website