The high court unanimously ruled Thursday that people with suspected mental health problems cannot be “warehoused” in emergency rooms and hospitals when certified mental health facilities already are full.
The Seattle Times reported that officials believed they had to act immediately following that ruling. According to governor’s office, the ruling does not take effect for 20 days.
That still leaves little for health officials to find treatment alternatives for patients who otherwise might have been held in an emergency room or hospital when a psychiatric bed is not available.
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