71.34.530  <<  71.34.600 >>   71.34.610

Parent may request determination whether minor has a mental disorder or substance use disorder requiring inpatient treatmentMinor consent not requiredDuties and obligations of professional person and facility.

*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 1907-S2.SL) ***
*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 1874-S2.SL) ***
(1) A parent may bring, or authorize the bringing of, his or her minor child to:
(a) An evaluation and treatment facility or an inpatient facility licensed under chapter 70.41, 71.12, or 72.23 RCW and request that the professional person examine the minor to determine whether the minor has a mental disorder and is in need of inpatient treatment; or
(b) A secure detoxification facility or approved substance use disorder treatment program and request that a substance use disorder assessment be conducted by a professional person to determine whether the minor has a substance use disorder and is in need of inpatient treatment.
(2) The consent of the minor is not required for admission, evaluation, and treatment if the parent brings the minor to the facility.
(3) An appropriately trained professional person may evaluate whether the minor has a mental disorder or has a substance use disorder. The evaluation shall be completed within twenty-four hours of the time the minor was brought to the facility, unless the professional person determines that the condition of the minor necessitates additional time for evaluation. In no event shall a minor be held longer than seventy-two hours for evaluation. If, in the judgment of the professional person, it is determined it is a medical necessity for the minor to receive inpatient treatment, the minor may be held for treatment. The facility shall limit treatment to that which the professional person determines is medically necessary to stabilize the minor's condition until the evaluation has been completed. Within twenty-four hours of completion of the evaluation, the professional person shall notify the authority if the child is held for treatment and of the date of admission.
(4) No provider is obligated to provide treatment to a minor under the provisions of this section except that no provider may refuse to treat a minor under the provisions of this section solely on the basis that the minor has not consented to the treatment. No provider may admit a minor to treatment under this section unless it is medically necessary.
(5) No minor receiving inpatient treatment under this section may be discharged from the facility based solely on his or her request.
(6) Prior to the review conducted under RCW 71.34.610, the professional person shall notify the minor of his or her right to petition superior court for release from the facility.
(7) For the purposes of this section "professional person" means "professional person" as defined in RCW 71.05.020.


FindingsIntentEffective date2018 c 201: See notes following RCW 41.05.018.
Effective dates2016 sp.s. c 29: See note following RCW 71.05.760.
Short titleRight of action2016 sp.s. c 29: See notes following RCW 71.05.010.
FindingsPurposeConstructionSeverability2007 c 375: See notes following RCW 10.31.110.
FindingIntent2005 c 371: "The legislature finds that, despite explicit statements in statute that the consent of a minor child is not required for a parent-initiated admission to inpatient or outpatient mental health treatment, treatment providers consistently refuse to accept a minor aged thirteen or over if the minor does not also consent to treatment. The legislature intends that the parent-initiated treatment provisions, with their accompanying due process provisions for the minor, be made fully available to parents." [ 2005 c 371 § 1.]
Severability2005 c 371: "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." [ 2005 c 371 § 7.]
FindingsIntentPart headings not lawShort title1998 c 296: See notes following RCW 74.13.025.
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