Upcoming Events


June 9, 2022 , 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

The class on 6/9 is full. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please click RSVP.


What is Civil Commitment under the Washington State Mental Health System?

What are the laws about mental illness?

What are the laws about involuntary treatment for minors?

Participants will learn about:

  • RCW 71.05, RCW 71.34 & RCW 10.77
  • Initial Detention
  • Individual Rights
  • Evaluation
  • Legal Counsel
  • Legal Definition of “Mental Disorder”
  • Criteria for Commitment
  • Designated Crisis Responders
  • Probable Cause Hearing
  • Additional Commitment
  • Less Restrictive Treatment and Extensions
  • Long-Term Commitment
  • Criminal Insanity (RCW 10.77) and how it interfaces with RCW 71.05 & RCW 71.34

What participants are saying about this course:

“Clearly, the presenter knows this topic well, and shared things clearly… but it was her compassion for this work and our patients that was truly impressive.”

“I understand the ITA process a lot more. I’m able to take the information back to my facility.”

“Very educational and interesting.”

Who should attend this class?

This course is for those who work with clients who are involved with involuntary treatment. The class is FREE. Just RSVP to register and an Outlook Invitation will be sent with the address and details about the training.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits from NASW WA: Licensed Social Workers, Marriage/Family Counselors, and Mental Health Counselors.

Please note:

The class on 5/26 will be for San Juan & Island Counties. The class on 6/9 will be for Skagit County.

This is an interactive class. Come ready with some questions.

The details:

As the class begins promptly, please arrive ten minutes early. Those who arrive late may be asked to leave without credit.

Those who stay to the end of class and do an evaluation will receive a certificate of completion. Certificates will not be issued to those leaving early.

After registration is received, an Outlook Invitation with details will be sent. Accept the invitation and we will know you are coming. If you do not receive an Outlook Invitation in three to five days, please contact us. We do not allow drop-ins.

Please contact the Training Department at least ten days prior to the training if you require special accommodations.

Cancellations must be emailed and received no later than seven days prior to the event. If we cancel the training, registrants will be offered the next class.