(1) When a police officer has reasonable cause to believe that the individual has committed acts constituting a nonfelony crime that is not a serious offense as identified in RCW 10.77.092
and the individual is known by history or consultation with the behavioral health organization to suffer from a mental disorder, the arresting officer may:
(a) Take the individual to a crisis stabilization unit as defined in *RCW 71.05.020
(6). Individuals delivered to a crisis stabilization unit pursuant to this section may be held by the facility for a period of up to twelve hours. The individual must be examined by a mental health professional within three hours of arrival;
(b) Take the individual to a triage facility as defined in RCW 71.05.020
. An individual delivered to a triage facility which has elected to operate as an involuntary facility may be held up to a period of twelve hours. The individual must be examined by a mental health professional within three hours of arrival;
(c) Refer the individual to a mental health professional for evaluation for initial detention and proceeding under chapter 71.05
(d) Release the individual upon agreement to voluntary participation in outpatient treatment.
(2) If the individual is released to the community, the mental health provider shall inform the arresting officer of the release within a reasonable period of time after the release if the arresting officer has specifically requested notification and provided contact information to the provider.
(3) In deciding whether to refer the individual to treatment under this section, the police officer shall be guided by standards mutually agreed upon with the prosecuting authority, which address, at a minimum, the length, seriousness, and recency of the known criminal history of the individual, the mental health history of the individual, where available, and the circumstances surrounding the commission of the alleged offense.
(4) Any agreement to participate in treatment shall not require individuals to stipulate to any of the alleged facts regarding the criminal activity as a prerequisite to participation in a mental health treatment alternative. The agreement is inadmissible in any criminal or civil proceeding. The agreement does not create immunity from prosecution for the alleged criminal activity.
(5) If an individual violates such agreement and the mental health treatment alternative is no longer appropriate:
(a) The mental health provider shall inform the referring law enforcement agency of the violation; and
(b) The original charges may be filed or referred to the prosecutor, as appropriate, and the matter may proceed accordingly.
(6) The police officer is immune from liability for any good faith conduct under this section.
was amended by 2016 sp.s. c 29 § 204, changing subsection (6) to subsection (10), effective April 1, 2018.
Effective date—2014 c 225:
See note following RCW 71.24.016
Findings—2011 c 305:
See note following RCW 74.09.295
Certification of triage facilities—Effective date—2011 c 148:
See notes following RCW 71.05.020
Findings—Purpose—2007 c 375:
"The legislature finds that *RCW 10.77.090
contains laws relating to three discrete subjects. Therefore, one purpose of this act is to reorganize some of those laws by creating new sections in the Revised Code of Washington that clarify and identify these discrete subjects.
The legislature further finds that there are disproportionate numbers of individuals with mental illness in jail. The needs of individuals with mental illness and the public safety needs of society at large are better served when individuals with mental illness are provided an opportunity to obtain treatment and support." [ 2007 c 375 § 1.
Construction—2007 c 375:
"Nothing in this act shall be construed to alter or diminish a prosecutor's inherent authority to divert or pursue the prosecution of criminal offenders." [ 2007 c 375 § 16.
Severability—2007 c 375:
"If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [ 2007 c 375 § 18.