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(Effective until May 1, 2023)

PDFWAC 246-341-1140

Mental health inpatient servicesCrisis stabilization unit and triage.

An agency certified to provide crisis stabilization unit or triage services must meet all of the following criteria:
(1) A triage facility must be licensed as a residential treatment facility under chapter 71.12 RCW.
(2) If a crisis stabilization unit or triage facility is part of a jail, the unit must be located in an area of the building that is physically separate from the general population. "Physically separate" means:
(a) Out of sight and sound of the general population at all times;
(b) Located in an area with no foot traffic between other areas of the building, except in the case of emergency evacuation; and
(c) Has a secured entrance and exit between the unit and the rest of the facility.
(3) Ensure that a mental health professional is on-site at least eight hours per day, seven days a week, and accessible twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.
(4) Ensure a mental health professional assesses an individual within three hours of the individual's arrival at the facility.
(5) For persons admitted to the crisis stabilization unit or triage facility on a voluntary basis, the clinical record must meet the clinical record requirements in WAC 246-341-0640.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71.24.037, 71.05.560, 71.34.380, 18.205.160, 71.24.037 and chapters 71.05, 71.24, and 71.34 RCW. WSR 21-12-042, § 246-341-1140, filed 5/25/21, effective 7/1/21. Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-1140, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
(Effective May 1, 2023)

PDFWAC 246-341-1140

Crisis stabilization unit and triageCertification standards.

An agency certified to provide crisis stabilization unit or triage services must meet all of the following criteria:
(1) A triage facility must be licensed as a residential treatment facility under chapter 71.12 RCW.
(2) If a crisis stabilization unit or triage facility is part of a jail, the unit must be located in an area of the building that is physically separate from the general population. "Physically separate" means:
(a) Out of sight and sound of the general population at all times;
(b) Located in an area with no foot traffic between other areas of the building, except in the case of emergency evacuation; and
(c) Has a secured entrance and exit between the unit and the rest of the facility.
(3) Ensure that a mental health professional is on-site at least eight hours per day, seven days a week, and accessible 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
(4) Ensure a mental health professional assesses an individual within three hours of the individual's arrival at the facility.
(5) For persons admitted to the crisis stabilization unit or triage facility on a voluntary basis, the individual service record must meet the individual service record requirements in WAC 246-341-0640.
(6) An agency certified to provide crisis stabilization unit or triage services must meet the service standards for residential and inpatient behavioral health services in WAC 246-341-1105 and the applicable standards in WAC 246-341-1131 if providing involuntary crisis stabilization unit or triage services.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71.24.037, 71.05.560, 71.34.380, 18.205.160, 43.70.080(5), 41.05.750, 43.70.250, and 74.09.520 and chapters 71.05, 71.12, 71.24 and 71.34 RCW. WSR 22-24-091, § 246-341-1140, filed 12/6/22, effective 5/1/23. Statutory Authority: RCW 71.24.037, 71.05.560, 71.34.380, 18.205.160, 71.24.037 and chapters 71.05, 71.24, and 71.34 RCW. WSR 21-12-042, § 246-341-1140, filed 5/25/21, effective 7/1/21. Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-1140, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
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