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Does a program need guidelines for discharging participants who do not complete treatment?

(1) A treatment program must have guidelines for discharging participants who do not satisfactorily complete the program.
(a) Discharge decisions must be uniform and predictable.
(b) Discrimination may not occur against any participant.
(2) A program may terminate a participant from treatment prior to completion of the program if the participant has not complied with the requirements set forth in the participant's contract with the program.
(3) If a program discharges a participant who does not complete treatment, the treatment program must document in writing that the participant has not complied with:
(a) The participant's contract with the treatment program;
(b) A court order;
(c) A probation agreement; or
(d) Group rules.
(4) If a program chooses not to discharge a participant who has reoffended, committed other acts of violence or abuse, or has not complied with any of subsection (3)(a) through (d) of this section, the program must note the reoffense and/or noncompliance in the client's progress notes, reports to the court, and reports to the victim (if feasible).
(5) The program must state in the client's record the program's rationale for not terminating the participant, and state what corrective action was taken.
(6) A program may discharge a participant if the treatment program cannot provide adequate treatment services to the participant because of the treatment program's current development.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 26.50.150. WSR 01-08-046, ยง 388-60-0295, filed 3/30/01, effective 4/30/01.]
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