State Supreme Court: Psychiatric boarding illegal

August 7, 2014 8:23 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that people with suspected mental health problems cannot be "warehoused" in emergency rooms and hospitals when certified mental health facilities already are full.

The state's involuntary treatment act allows counties to briefly detain people suspected of having mental problems who present an imminent risk of harm to themselves or others, or are gravely disabled. The detention is for the purpose of evaluating, stabilizing and treating the disorder.

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