Involuntary Commitments

This list of alternatives is not an exhaustive list.  These alternatives vary as to the amount of supervision involved and whether that alternative is appropriate will depend upon the specific facts involved.  Each of these alternatives is voluntary and requires the approval of the person sought to be committed.

WHAT IS AN INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT?

WHAT ELEMENTS MUST BE PRESENT IN ORDER TO COMMIT A PERSON?

WHO MAY FILE A PETITION TO INITIATE AN INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT PROCEEDING?

WHAT MUST THE PETITION CONTAIN?

WHERE IS THE PETITION FILED?

WHAT CONSTITUTES EVIDENCE?

MUST A GUARDIAN AD LITEM BE APPOINTED TO AID THE PERSON SOUGHT TO BE COMMITTED?

MUST THE COURT APPOINT ATTORNEYS TO REPRESENT THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN AN INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT PROCEEDING?

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED AT THE HEARING?

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF THE HEARING?

WHY MUST THE PRECEDING PROCEDURE BE RIGIDLY FOLLOWED?

WHAT FOLLOWS AN INITIAL COMMITMENT?

WHAT ARE SOME ALTERNATIVES TO INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENTS?