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The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Court" means the superior court of the state of Washington.
(2) "Department" means the department of social and health services.
(3) "Employee" means an employee as defined in RCW 49.17.020.
(4) "Licensed physician" means an individual permitted to practice as a physician under the laws of the state, or a medical officer, similarly qualified, of the government of the United States while in this state in performance of his or her official duties.
(5) " Mentally ill person" means any person who, pursuant to the definitions contained in RCW 71.05.020, as a result of a mental disorder presents a likelihood of serious harm to others or himself or herself or is gravely disabled.
(6) "Patient" means a person under observation, care, or treatment in a state hospital, or a person found mentally ill by the court, and not discharged from a state hospital, or other facility, to which such person had been ordered hospitalized.
(7) "Resident" means a resident of the state of Washington.
(8) "Secretary" means the secretary of social and health services.
(9) "State hospital" means any hospital, including a child study and treatment center, operated and maintained by the state of Washington for the care of the mentally ill.
(10) "Superintendent" means the superintendent of a state hospital.
(11) "Violence" or "violent act" means any physical assault or attempted physical assault against an employee or patient of a state hospital.
Wherever used in this chapter, the masculine shall include the feminine and the singular shall include the plural.


Findings2000 c 22: See note following RCW 72.23.400.
Effective date1981 c 136: See RCW 72.09.900.
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