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By Leona Vaughn
WNPA News Service 

Lawmakers propose a plan to treat mentally ill people without their consent

Bill establishes pilot program that would place people who are incapacitated in an executorship and appoint them a guardian.

 
Series: WNPA | Story 20

February 7, 2020



People unable to care for themselves due to mental illnesses could be subject to receiving treatment, even without their consent, if Washington state legislators pass a law to establish executorships for people who are incapacitated.

“Our mental health and addiction system of care is failing, in my view, the most vulnerable,” said the proposed bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County.

If passed, Senate Bill 6109 will initiate a four-year pilot program in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Each county would be responsible for treating 10...



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