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File #: 2016-0212    Version: 1
Type: Motion Status: Lapsed
File created: 4/11/2016 In control: Health, Housing and Human Services Committee
On agenda: Final action: 2/1/2017
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: A MOTION acknowledging receipt of the executive's report, Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Court Access: Ambulance Transportation and Video Hearings, addressing the options available to the county to continue the practice of transporting individuals from evaluation and treatment facilities to Involuntary Treatment Act court in the Ninth and Jefferson Building on the Harborview Medical Center campus and on county expenditures related to video appearances for ITA court respondents, in compliance with the 2015/2016 Biennial Budget Ordinance, Ordinance 17941, Section 61, as amended by Ordinance 18178, Section 2, Proviso P1.
Sponsors: Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Indexes: Harborview
Attachments: 1. 2016-0212 legislative review form.pdf, 2. A. Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Court Access - Ambulance Transportation and Video Hearings, 3. 2016-0212 transmittal letter.docx
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Clerk 04/01/2016
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A MOTION acknowledging receipt of the executive's report, Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Court Access: Ambulance Transportation and Video Hearings, addressing the options available to the county to continue the practice of transporting individuals from evaluation and treatment facilities to Involuntary Treatment Act court in the Ninth and Jefferson Building on the Harborview Medical Center campus and on county expenditures related to video appearances for ITA court respondents, in compliance with the 2015/2016 Biennial Budget Ordinance, Ordinance 17941, Section 61, as amended by Ordinance 18178, Section 2, Proviso P1.
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WHEREAS, case filings in King County's Involuntary Treatment Act court ("ITA court") have increased by eighty-four percent between 2006 and 2015, and
WHEREAS, ITA court caseload growth translates to increased demands for staff, judicial officers, space and other needs, and directly impacts resources available for crisis services, inpatient care, and flexible alternative treatment in the community, and
WHEREAS, community and inpatient mental health resources are scarce, while the treatment need is very high, the population is growing quickly and laws have changed in recent years to increase the likelihood of involuntary detention, and
WHEREAS, King County and the governor and executive's Community Alternatives to Boarding Task Force ("CABTF"), including participants representing the ITA court, are working to reduce demand for involuntary care and ITA court services over the long term by designing recommendations to support the development of a comprehensive service continuum that results in improved behavioral health care throughout the treatment system and across the population,
WHEREAS, despite the positive system impacts of the CABTF and others working to address the number of involuntary commitment cases, an inpatient psychiatric care access crisis remains, and
WHEREAS, in response to decisi...

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