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Mental Health Involuntary Transportation Holds

Concerning the authority to hold a person in a mental health crisis through the provisions of the mental health involuntary transportation hold until the initial evaluation at the receiving facility is completed.
2019 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Human Services
Public Health
Bill Summary

Current law allows specified intervening professionals to transport to a treatment facility any person who appears to be in need of an immediate evaluation for treatment of a mental health disorder to prevent physical or psychiatric harm to others or to himself or herself. The authority to involuntarily hold such a person in custody expires upon the delivery of the person to the facility. The bill adds language to clarify that the authority to hold the person remains in effect until the evaluation is completed and a determination is made concerning the need for continued emergency evaluation and treatment.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. J. Arndt
Sen. J. Cooke



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