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Knowing Your State Law Can Be a Life-Saver – and Now We’ve Made It Easier

When someone you know is in an acute psychiatric crisis as a result of untreated severe mental illness, knowing the civil commitment laws and standards in the state where the individual lives is crucial to getting intervention quickly.

This potentially life-saving information has now been updated and expanded by our Treatment Advocacy Center state advocate experts and is available on our website as follows:

A comprehensive chart containing all three sets of standards is available in our Psychiatric Crisis Resources Kit. The statutory language used to develop the charts may be found in “State Standards for Assisted Treatment – Civil Commitment Criteria for Psychiatric Inpatient or Outpatient Intervention by State.”

A description of each type of intervention may be found on our Know the Laws in Your State page. Psychiatric Crisis Terms Briefly Defined provides definitions for words and phrases frequently encountered during or in the aftermath of a psychiatric crisis. Additional emergency resources are located in our Get Help section.

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