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Washington State Institute for Public Policy
July 2008
In 2006, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services established two pilot sites for the Integrated Crisis Response Program. At these sites, Designated Crisis Responders (DCR) investigate and have authority to detain individuals with serious mental illness or substance abuse problems. Elsewhere in the state, this function is conducted separately by mental health professionals and chemical dependency specialists. The pilots also created secure detox facilities to hold involuntarily detained individuals. This report describes outcomes of clients admitted to these secure detox facilities. Due to the preliminary nature of this study and the challenge of identifying an adequate comparison group, these findings should not be considered final.
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