Since much of the work of the DCR is mandated and regulated by legislation, it is important that the DCR has ready access to the most current legislation. In order to keep Crisis Intervention and Involuntary Commitment agencies and DCRs informed, current information is listed here. Included are links to legislation pertaining to DCRs, legislation pending in the legislature, and other legislative issues.

Pending Legislation/Bills we are watching: 


Governor Inslee’s office released a policy brief related to “operating and capital budgets make significant investments to help transform our system of care”.

 Policy Brief: Transforming Washington’s Behavioral Health Care System (5 pages): https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/Behavioral_Health_policyBrief_Final.pdf

The WADCR Association Legislative Committee is watching for pending legislation as the 2019 Session prepares to begin and will provide information and updates here as well as provide email notifications of emergent legislative information.

Active Bills:


SB 5720: This bill proposes several changes to RCW 71.05 and RCW 71.34.

  • Changes the initial detention form 72 hours to 5 days
  • Changes all references to “mental health” and “substance use disorder” to “behavioral health”
  • Allows for SBC for SUD ITA patients
  • Broadens definition of Grave Disability to include “severe deterioration from safe behavior”
  • Cleans up RCW 71.34 to include past legislative changes that were only changed in RCW 71.05 (i.e. use of video court, etc)

SB 5047: This bill pertains to the detention of veterans

  • DCRs must detain to Seattle VA if they meet detention criteria
  • If they do not meet criteria, the patient must be referred to VA for voluntary or less restrictive treatment

HB 1775 SB 5744 Commercially sexually exploited children

  • Provides funding for two receiving centers for commercially sexually exploited children (one east and one west side of the state) to begin services 1/1/2020.
  • Services will include short-term evaluation (24/7 shelter and evaluation of immediate needs), licensed residential substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health (MH) treatment up to one year, assessment/referral, and individual and group counseling.
  • Limits the crime of prostitution to people ages 18 and older
  • Provides that LE can transport juvenile to local E&T to be held for evaluation for ITA by the DCRs

HB 1678 Allowing ITA evaluations by video

  • This bill would allow designated crisis responders (DCRs) to conduct initial involuntary treatment act (ITA) evaluations by video, provided that a licensed health care professional is available to assist at the time of the interview.

HB 1513 SB 5444 Forensic mental health system/ Trueblood settlement agreement

  • Permits the diversion of people whose acts constitute nonviolent felonies from the criminal legal system to crisis stabilization units, triage facilities, and/or designated crisis responder evaluation, and allows law enforcement to refer a person for treatment even if they have an outstanding warrant

SB 5205 Firearms possession/incompetent

  • Removes firearm possession rights for a person found incompetent to stand trial (IST) for a nonviolent felony, when the person has a history of one or more violent acts, until such rights restored by the court that found the person incompetent. This builds on other provisions in state law providing for firearm access restriction for certain people who are forensically or civilly committed.


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