Should those in crisis be held in custody longer? One local lawmaker says yes
A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington's involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia. The bill, from Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, would allow people having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to be held for up to five days before seeing a judge, putting Washington among the states with the longest such holds nationwide.