Evaluation of minor thirteen or older brought for immediate mental health services — Temporary detention.
If a minor, thirteen years or older, is brought to an evaluation and treatment facility or hospital emergency room for immediate mental health services, the professional person in charge of the facility shall evaluate the minor's mental condition, determine whether the minor suffers from a mental disorder, and whether the minor is in need of immediate inpatient treatment. If it is determined that the minor suffers from a mental disorder, inpatient treatment is required, the minor is unwilling to consent to voluntary admission, and the professional person believes that the minor meets the criteria for initial detention set forth herein, the facility may detain or arrange for the detention of the minor for up to twelve hours in order to enable a *county-designated mental health professional to evaluate the minor and commence initial detention proceedings under the provisions of this chapter.
[1985 c 354 § 4. Formerly RCW 71.34.040.]
| *Reviser's note: The term "county-designated mental health professional" as defined in RCW 71.34.020 was changed to "designated mental health professional" by 2006 c 93 § 2.|