New Requirements Under HB1713 – Ricky’s Law

February 15, 2018

WSHA and the Department of Social and Health Services hosted a webinar on February 14, 2018 about the requirements of Ricky’s Law (HB 1713) that impacts patients and hospitals.

Recording with slides available:

Here is a link to the recording of the webinar with slides. Simply click on the link, register and then you will be granted access:

Here is a link to the slides as a PDF:

Courtesy of DSHS, slides on DCR training are available. These slides are not to be used as a training platform. They are offered as informational. They can be accessed at this link.

Background: On April 1, 2018, Washington State’s Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) is extended to individuals who, as a result of their substance use disorder, are an imminent danger to self or others. Hospitals with emergency departments and inpatient units will be impacted by this new law. This new law, enacted in 2016 by the state legislature, is a significant expansion of the ITA and requires hospitals to evaluate and refer patients to the state’s crisis system who may need to be involuntarily detained because of their substance use disorder. Patients who meet involuntary detention criteria after an evaluation by a designated crisis responder (formerly known as a designated mental health professional) must be treated at a state certified secure detoxification facility.


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