RTW is a leader in providing Involuntary Commitment Transportation. We provide safe, reliable initial transportation originally tasked by law enforcement departments. RTW specializes in transporting both voluntary and involuntary mental health patients from hospitals, clinics and law enforcement detention facilities, to inpatient treatment centers throughout Washington State. In addition to standardized NREMT Training for EMTs and staff, RTW educates and trains its team members in de-escalation, mental health conditions and trends, as well as techniques to mitigate any issues that might endanger either patients or staff.
We offer 24 hour, 7 days a week service to all our clients. we are there when you need us.
Our vehicles are designed to safely transport patients to facilities no matter where that may be. They are equipped with 4k camera systems to monitor all audio and video during the trip, real-time GPS tracking to monitor direction, speed, and time. All of RTW’s ambulances have override lock controls and shatterproof windows, as well as safety protocols in place to assure secured transports.
From juveniles to adults, our professional staff have the knowledge and training to ensure behavioral health patients are treated compassionately. We partner with county & state human service organizations, mental health facilities, and private hospitals to provide patient transport to and from low, medium, and high security facilities. We provide court escorts for hearings as well as transfers to and from behavioral health facilities.
We provide court appointed transports taking behavioral health patients to and from court.
We transport juveniles to and from court, detention & residential treatment. We can transport juveniles in state or across state lines.
Under Washington State’s Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA), originally passed in 1973, an individual may be civilly committed to treatment if he or she is found to be gravely disabled or a danger to self or others as a result of mental illness.1 The legal process to determine if a person should be detained for involuntary treatment involves several steps—from initial investigation to court-ordered treatment and ongoing supervision.
In 2018, 41,600 adults in Washington State received publicly funded crisis mental health services. A person experiencing a psychiatric emergency may go to community-based providers for assessment, stabilization, and treatment referral. In many of these crisis situations, an individual may be determined by a designated official to pose a danger to self or others and be unwilling to enter treatment. In these cases, a DMHP can conduct an investigation to determine if the subject meets the legal criteria for detention under the state’s ITA. In 2019, DMHPs investigated over 29,000 persons to determine if an involuntary detention was necessary.
Patients who have been taken into emergency custody under Under Washington State’s Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA), and are deemed a threat to themselves or others by law enforcement or health/human services can be transported by one of our teams. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.