Park County didn’t need more confusion over Title 25 commitments — hospital admissions and emergency detentions for people who are considered a danger to themselves or others due to mental health issues.
But that was the result of a Feb. 6 decision by the Wyoming Supreme Court. That decision states that county attorneys don’t have the authority to object to the release of patients who are released from the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston after they have been treated and stabilized.
Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric has since stopped his office’s practice of reviewing Title 25 cases when patients are released.
That job has fallen to an attorney for West Park Hospital and Yellowstone Behavioral Health. But that attorney, Chris Edwards, objects to performing that work, which she said conflicts with the hospital’s role as a health care provider.
“This burden shouldn’t be on the hospital,” Edwards said.
This is far from the first time that state laws regarding Title 25 admissions have caused problems and confusion for the county and its hospitals.