WAPA Legislative Update, Summer 2017

A special summer legislative update

AAPA Infographics-August 2017

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SB 6445: Washington State Adds PAs to State's Mental Health Code

PAs in Washington State are celebrating Gov. Jay Inslee's recent signing of SB 6445 which adds PAs to 22 sections of the state's mental health code.
The bill's key changes include:

  • Adding PAs to the definitions of "mental health professional" and "developmental disabilities professional," 
  • Allowing PAs to be court appointed to examine and testify on behalf of certain mental health patients, 
  • Authorizing PAs to sign petitions for specified involuntary detentions,
  • Authorizing PAs to make determinations of incapacity, and 
  • Adding PAs throughout the Mental Health Advance Directive form.

SB 6445 becomes effective June 8, 2016. 

View photos of the signing.