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. Contact Burkhart and Burkhart today for assistance with this and other legal issues.

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