Bill: SB 6491 — 2018
Increasing the availability of assisted outpatient behavioral health treatment (O'Ban, Darneille)
Modifies involuntary treatment act provisions with regard to the following: (1) Changing the term "in need of assisted outpatient mental health treatment" to "in need of assisted outpatient behavioral health treatment" and includes a person with a substance use disorder; (2) Less restrictive alternative treatment services; (3) Establishing a process for initial evaluation and filing of a petition for assisted outpatient treatment; (4) Designated crisis responders; (5) Procedures for additional treatment; (6) Conditional release orders; and (7) Revocation proceedings and court orders for detention for inpatient treatment and for assisted outpatient behavioral health treatment.
EFFECT OF 1ST SUBSTITUTE (Ways & Means)
(1) Amends less restrictive alternative (LRA) revocation provisions to allow 72-hour detention excluding weekends and holidays for inpatient evaluation and provides that longer periods of detention for treatment may only be imposed if the person meets regular inpatient detention criteria. (2) Requires LRA treatment providers to notify a designated crisis responder when reasonable efforts to engage the client do not produce substantial compliance with court-ordered treatment conditions. (3) Makes technical corrections.
EFFECT OF SENATE FLOOR AMENDMENTS:
Requires that a designated crisis responder must be appointed by the county, an entity appointed by the county, or the behavioral health organization.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -- 10:00 am
WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6491&Year=2017 (opens a new browser tab)
|UW Medicine||Passed out of house of origin||2018-02-20|