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PDFWAC 246-341-0905

Crisis mental health servicesTelephone support services.

Mental health telephone support services are services provided as a means of first contact to an individual in crisis. These services may include deescalation and referral.
(1) In addition to meeting the general requirements for crisis services in WAC 246-341-0900, an agency certified to provide telephone support services must:
(a) Respond to crisis calls twenty-four-hours-a-day, seven-days-a week;
(b) Have a written protocol for the referral of an individual to a voluntary or involuntary treatment facility for admission on a seven-day-a-week, twenty-four-hour-a-day basis, including arrangements for contacting the designated crisis responder;
(c) Assure communication and coordination with the individual's mental health care provider, if indicated and appropriate; and
(d) Post a copy of the statement of individual rights in a location visible to staff and agency volunteers.
(2) An agency must document each telephone crisis response contact made, including:
(a) The date, time, and duration of the telephone call;
(b) The relationship of the caller to the person in crisis, for example self, family member, or friend;
(c) Whether the individual in crisis has a crisis plan; and
(d) The outcome of the call, including:
(i) Any follow-up contacts made;
(ii) Any referrals made, including referrals to emergency or other medical services; and
(iii) The name of the staff person who took the crisis call.
[Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-0905, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
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