Term Third Party Involuntary Commitment Petition Services
Code RP-1500.3400-850
Definition Programs that process petitions from third parties for the involuntary treatment for individuals with mental illness, drug dependency, alcoholism or, in some jurisdictions, developmental disabilities, who are unwilling to consent to treatment and have recently exhibited dangerous behavior (i.e., specific acts, attempts or threats which constitute a substantial risk of physical harm to the person him or herself and/or to another). The petitioners must generally provide information about the individual’s current physician, diagnoses, medications and dates of last treatment; have first-hand knowledge of the individual’s behavior; sign an affidavit regarding the incident(s); and be willing to testify in court. Requirements and procedures may vary in different jurisdictions.
Created 4/25/07
Changed 5/4/10
Use References Three Party Commitment Petition Services
See Also References
External Classification Terms Crisis Intervention (NPC F02)
Emergency Psychiatric Care (UW
Hotlines & Crisis Intervention (NTE F40)
Mental Health/Addictions (AIRS MH-500)
Mental Health/Addictions (CAN MH-500)
Related Concepts Developmental Disabilities
Emergency and Crisis Services
Facet Service
Bibliographic References “Three Party Commitment Petition”, Racine County Human Services website, http://www.hsd.racineco.com/Adults/MentalHealth/ThreePartyCommitmentPetition/tabid/194/Default.aspx

"Understanding the Civil Involuntary Commitment Process", by D. Renée Hildebrant, Oklahoma Bar Journal Articles, Oklahoma Bar Association website, http://www.okbar.org/obj/articles_05/021205.htm

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