Resources

Competency and Mental Health Issues

Preparing Your Client with Accommodations Needs for DOC (8.2019)

This advisory discusses basic information about the transition to DOC to serve a prison sentence and offers tips for attorneys representing clients with medical, mental health or intellectual disability in need of accommodation.

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Changes to Competency and Forensic Mental Health – 2019 Legislation (6.2019)

This WDA Practice Advisory provides and overview of the 2019 legislation implementing the Trueblood Settlement, ESSB 5444.

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Suicidal Client – Ethical and Practical Concerns (2.2019)

This WDA Practice Advisory provides guidance on what an attorney can do when a client is suicidal. What can you share? What about competency?

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Right to Proceed Pro Se – Competent But Mentally Ill Defendants (12.2016)

This practice advisory discusses the role of defense counsel when a client who is competent but mentally ill wishes to proceed pro se.

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Competency – 2015 Legislation

The legislature significantly modified RCW 10.77 again in 2015 in an attempt to address competency delays.

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FASD_ Legal and Practical Implications (05.2014)

This practice advisory discusses the legal impact of FASD on a case, including issues to consider, what is involved in an evaluation, and how to effectively communicate with the client.

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FASD- Understanding and Recognizing (05.2014)

This practice advisory provides and overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as well as identifying characteristics of FASD for clients or case facts.

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PTSD-Legal Issues with Clients Impacted by Trauma and PTSD

This advisory discusses the legal, strategic and practical issues in cases when representing clients who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event or who have PTSD.

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PTSD- Tips for Effective Communication

This advisory provides practice tips for effective communication when dealing with a client or witness who has witnessed or suffered through a traumatic event or been diagnosed with PTSD.

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PTSD-Understanding Trauma and PTSD

This advisory provides an overview of PTSD and acute trauma for cases involving clients or witnesses who may have suffered or witnessed a traumatic event.

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