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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.

HOUSE COMMITTEE (Judiciary) STRIKER AMENDMENT
(1) Requires that a person have a history of one detention in the preceding thirty-six months to meet the commitment standard for assisted outpatient behavioral health treatment. (2) Changes the notification requirement of substantial noncompliance with court ordered treatment to a care coordinator instead of a designated crisis responder. (3) Restores the revocation provisions for less restrictive alternative treatment for commitments entered on the commitment grounds of serious harm or grave disability. (4) Inserts a severability clause. (5) Makes other stylistic and technical changes, and minor substantive revisions.

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)