SENATE BILL 5986
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Senators Franklin, Kastama, Long, Regala and Hargrove
Read first time 02/12/2001. Referred to Committee on Health & Long‑Term Care.
AN ACT Relating to public psychiatric facilities; and amending RCW 71.12.455 and 71.12.460.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 71.12.455 and 2000 c 93 s 21 are each amended to read as follows:
As used in this chapter, "establishment" and "institution" mean and include every private hospital, sanitarium, home, or other place receiving or caring for any mentally ill, mentally incompetent person, or chemically dependent person or any like facility not otherwise established by statute and operated by a public entity.
Sec. 2. RCW 71.12.460 and 2000 c 93 s 22 are each amended to read as follows:
No person, association, public entity, or corporation, shall establish or keep, for compensation or hire, an establishment as defined in this chapter without first having obtained a license therefor from the department of health, complied with rules adopted under this chapter, and paid the license fee provided in this chapter. Any person who carries on, conducts, or attempts to carry on or conduct an establishment as defined in this chapter without first having obtained a license from the department of health, as in this chapter provided, is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The managing and executive officers of any corporation violating the provisions of this chapter shall be liable under the provisions of this chapter in the same manner and to the same effect as a private individual violating the same.
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