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Likelihood of Serious Harm

One of the bases of detention under Washington's Involuntary Treatment Act is that the person, because of a mental disorder, presents a likelihood of serious harm. The person must present a likelihood of serious harm:

  • To themselves,
  • To others,
  • To the property of others, or
  • Because of a history of violent acts.

The statutory definition of "likelihood of serious harm" is:

(a) A substantial risk that:
    (i) Physical harm will be inflicted by a person upon his or her own person, as evidenced by threats or attempts to commit suicide or inflict physical harm on oneself;
    (ii) physical harm will be inflicted by a person upon another, as evidenced by behavior which has caused such harm or which places another person or persons in reasonable fear of sustaining such harm; or
    (iii) physical harm will be inflicted by a person upon the property of others, as evidenced by behavior which has caused substantial loss or damage to the property of others; or
(b) The person has threatened the physical safety of another and has a history of one or more violent acts.
RCW 71.05.020(23)

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



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