(1) In a disposition hearing, after a finding that a child is a child in need of services or an at-risk youth, the court may adopt the additional orders authorized under this section if it finds that the child involved in those proceedings is not eligible for inpatient treatment for a mental health or substance abuse condition and requires specialized treatment. The court may order that a child be placed in a staff secure facility, other than a crisis residential center, that will provide for the child’s participation in a program designed to remedy his or her behavioral difficulties or needs. The court may not enter this order unless, at the disposition hearing, it finds that the placement is clearly necessary to protect the child and that a less restrictive order would be inadequate to protect the child, given the child’s age, maturity, propensity to run away from home, past exposure to serious risk when the child ran away from home, and possible future exposure to serious risk should the child run away from home again.

Terms Used In Washington Code 13.32A.197

  • At-risk youth: means a juvenile:
Washington Code 13.32A.030
  • Child in need of services: means a juvenile:
  • Washington Code 13.32A.030
  • Crisis residential center: means a secure or semi-secure facility established pursuant to chapter 1996 c 133 § 3.]
  • NOTES:

    Findings1996 c 133: “The legislature finds that no children should be exposed to the dangers inherent in living on the streets. The legislature further finds that there are children who are not mentally ill or chemically dependent who are living on the street in dangerous situations. These children through their at-risk behavior place themselves at great personal risk and danger. The legislature further finds that these children with at-risk behaviors should receive treatment for their problems that result in excessive opposition to parental authority.” [ 1996 c 133 § 1.]
    Short title1996 c 133: “This act shall be known and cited as the “Becca Too” bill.” [ 1996 c 133 § 2.]
    IntentConstruction1996 c 133: “It is the intent of the legislature that the changes in this act be construed to expedite the administrative and judicial processes provided for in the existing and amended statutes to assist in assuring that children placed in a crisis residential center have an appropriate placement available to them at the conclusion of their stay at the center.” [ 1996 c 133 § 38.]