Counties will be able to outsource mental health evaluations of jail inmates to the private sector if state psychologists aren’t doing them fast enough, under a law signed this afternoon by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Pierce County pushed the proposal, which I wrote about here. The Legislature has set a seven-day standard for mental evaluations of criminal suspects, but as of November and December, more than 80 percent of Western Washington offenders were still waiting for a Western State Hospital evaluation when the week was up. One of the reasons appears to be turnover in WSH staff who leave for …