Bulletin: Use of video for ITA evaluations, during COVID-19 and beyond

June 4, 2020

WSHA has released a bulletin on the use of real-time video to conduct evaluations under the Involuntary Treatment Act to determine whether to detain an adult patient. The bulletin is the second in a series on key changes to Washington’s involuntary treatment laws under 2E2SSB 5720. Under that new law and HB 2099, Designated Crisis Responders (DCRs) may use video technology to interview a person held under the ITA, so long as a health care professional is present with the patient to facilitate the interview. The use of video has also been endorsed by the Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Washington Supreme Court to minimize unnecessary face-to-face interactions during COVID-19. Video evaluations are permitted now. In addition to the bulletin, WSHA is hosting a webcast this Friday, June 5 at 10 am to review key changes under the news law, including the use of real-time video. Registration is available here.


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