Dr. Cooper will be giving a lecture on Wednesday about what is needed to establish consent. Needless to say, the mentally ill fall short on several accounts. (Can you name which?) The interesting thing is that each state defines autonomy differently. "5150" for example, refers to California's involuntary detainment statutes. We live in a state that is among the most protective of individual autonomy. It is very difficult to detain someone in Washington.
There are three ways to learn about Washington's system.
- Read the law. Start here and here, and focus on this section and the laws referenced. Make sure you are caffeinated.
- Look at a description not written in legalese. (This description of Washington's Involuntary Treatment Act is published by Snohomish County)
- Have someone explain it to you. We can go over it in class.