The Washington Supreme Court is giving the state until Dec. 26 to find beds in psychiatric hospitals for mentally ill patients who have been involuntarily committed because they were a danger to themselves or others.
The court ruled on Aug. 7 that placing these patients in emergency rooms without treatment is not allowed. The state responded by asking for 120 days to secure more space for the patients. The court on Friday unanimously ruled in favor of giving that extra time.
Jane Beyer, assistant secretary for the Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration, thanked the court “for understanding the need for more time to secure effective treatment options for people who remain in community hospitals and are in need of mental-health treatment.”