In 2005, the Washington State Legislature passed E2SSB 5763, making a number of changes to the provision of substance abuse and mental health treatment funded by the state. The law directed the Department of Social and Health Services to establish two sites for the Integrated Crisis Response (ICR) Pilot Program.
The legislation also directed the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Institute) to determine if the ICR pilots cost-effectively improved mental health/chemical dependency evaluation, treatment, and outcomes of clients detained under the new statute. This preliminary report describes the key characteristics of clients investigated and detained at the ICR pilot sites during the first 16 months of the program. A final report will be published in September 2008.