Initial Evaluation

Initial Evaluation

The civil commitment process in Washington begins when a designated mental health professional (DMHP) is contacted to evaluate a person. In assessing whether civil commitment is appropriate, the DMHP is required to:

  • Personally interview the person.
  • Review the credibility of the facts alleged by others.
  • Determine whether the person will voluntarily accept treatment.

The DMHP will review the situation and decide whether or not a basis for detention is present.  If, in the DMHP’s opinion, all the necessary factors are present, the person may be detained for up to 72 hours before they have a right to a court hearing.

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