Bases of Detention

Bases of Detention

A person is subject to detention under Washington’s Involuntary Treatment Act when:

As a result of a mental disorder, the person presents a likelihood of serious harm or is gravely disabled.
RCW 71.05.150

If a Designated Mental Health Professional decides that a person is gravely disabled or presents a likelihood of serious harm due to a mental disorder, and they are not voluntarily accepting treatment, then they may be detained for involuntary treatment.

Walla Walla attorney Jeff Burkhart is qualified to assist you with your legal rights and responsibilities regarding civil commitment in Washington.