General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 11/20/2013
Title 1 - Department Structure and Function
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 10/17/2012
This policy pertains to referrals of people with mental illness or chemical dependency directly to the Crisis Solutions Center (CSC). For more information about the CSC, click here.
- As part of an officer’s community caretaking function, or
- during an investigative detention, or
- when an officer has probable cause to believe that an individual has committed an eligible criminal offense.
a. Eligible Crimes for CSC Referral
- Alcohol in a Park
- Criminal Trespass I and II
- Disorderly Conduct
- DWLS 3
- Drug Traffic Loitering
- Failure to Obey
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Obstructing a Public Officer
- Possession of a Fraudulent Driver License
- Possession of Marijuana
- Property Damage < $50
- Prostitution Loitering
- Theft 3 < $50
- Theft of Rental Property
- Unlawful Bus Conduct
- Unlawful Issuance of Bank Checks
- Use of Drug Paraphernalia
- VUCSA: Possession of Legend Drugs (Prescription Drugs without Proper Prescription)
- VUCSA: Simple Possession of Cocaine < 1 gram
- VUCSA: Simple Possession of Heroin < 1 gram
- VUCSA: Simple Possession of Methamphetamine < 1 gram
b. Certain Subjects are not Eligible for CSC Referral
- Suffer from an acute mental health crisis which meets the criteria for an emergent detention for evaluation and treatment under RCW 71.05.153
- Require medical treatment
- Have an active criminal warrant
- Felony conviction status in the past ten years
- Violent offender status in the past ten years
- Sex offender status in the past ten years
- Juvenile status
a. Checks subject’s name through WACIC and FORS for excluding
- Felony conviction within the past 10 years
- Violent offense conviction within the past 10 years
- Sex offender status within the past 10 years
b. Assesses subject’s immediate danger of serious harm to self, others, or property; or grave disability.
c. Identifies elements of crime, if any.
a. Considers any objection to diversion.
a. Emphasizes that referral is voluntary.
b. If the subject does not want to be referred and arrest is possible, considers making the arrest.
a. The subject was handcuffed.
b. The officer will be transporting the subject to CSC.
c. There was a use of reportable force.
d. The officer is unsure as to if the subject meets the intake criteria.
a. If the subject is being referred to CSC instead of jail, it is preferable, but not necessary, for an officer to make the transport.
a. Documents the incident, including witnesses and victims.
b. Describes elements of crime, if applicable.
c. Confirms that no disqualifying criteria exist.
d. Selects “CSC Diversion” from the “Arrest Disposition” box in GO suspect linkage, if applicable.
a. If the referring officer requested notification, immediately contacts the referring officer to advise if the individual declined services and will be leaving the facility.
b. If an individual who was subject to arrest declines services, contacts the appropriate prosecuting attorney.