Getting Help For The Mentally Ill

When a friend or family member is experiencing a mental health crisis and presents a possible threat to themselves or others, most people are at a loss as to where to turn.

The situation may not qualify for police intervention and the person may refuse to see a mental health professional.

King County Crisis and Commitment Services offers help for those who are in a behavioral health crisis. If the case meets their criteria, they will send a mental health professional (MHP) to meet with the person in question.  Based on their assessment, THEY decide if someone should be commited for assistance.  This decision is not made simply because a call for help is made.

Below is a list of criteria that constitutes harmful or threatening behavior towards self or others:

  • Threatening harm towards others or themselves
  • Substantially damaging someone else’s property
  • Endangered because they are not caring for their basic needs such as eating, sleeping, clothing and shelter
  • Demonstrate severe deterioration in functioning ability and are not receiving essential care

If you need immediate help, call 206-461-3222