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PDFWAC 182-546-4100

Ambulance transportationBehavioral health treatmentGeneral.

The medicaid agency pays for medically necessary ambulance transportation to and from a covered behavioral health service (see WAC 182-546-4300) subject to the conditions and limitations within this chapter. For purposes of Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) and voluntary behavioral health services:
(1) The agency pays for transportation services for people involuntarily detained for behavioral health services when they have been assessed by a DCR and found to be one of the following:
(a) A danger to self;
(b) A danger to others;
(c) At substantial risk of inflicting physical harm upon the property of others; or
(d) Gravely disabled as a result of their behavioral health condition.
(2) The agency pays for ambulance transportation to take a client to and from an inpatient facility for behavioral health admission under the ITA.
(3) The agency pays for ambulance transportation services to take a client to the hospital for a voluntary inpatient behavioral health stay when medically necessary.
(4) The DCR authorizes the treatment destination based on the client's legal status.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 2015 c 157, 2017 c 273, and 2016 1st sp.s. c 29. WSR 20-17-010, § 182-546-4100, filed 8/6/20, effective 9/6/20.]
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