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Chapter 14 Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues
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Civil Commitment: Overview, Criteria, and Oversight Authority Civil Commitment Laws Legal declaration of mental illness When can a person be placed in a hospital for treatment? Such laws and definitions of mental illness vary by state
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Civil Commitment: Overview, Criteria, and Oversight Authority (continued) General Criteria for Civil Commitment Person has a mental illness and needs treatment Person is dangerous to self or others Grave disability – Inability to care for self
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Civil Commitment: Overview, Criteria, and Oversight Authority (continued) Governmental Authority Over Civil Commitment Police power – Health, welfare, and safety of society Parens patriae – State acts a surrogate parent
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The Civil Commitment Process Initial Stages Person fails to seek help Others feel that help is needed Petition is made to a judge on the behalf of the person Individual must be notified of the commitment process
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The Civil Commitment Process (continued) Subsequent Stages Involve normal legal proceedings in most cases Should a person be committed? This determination is made by a judge
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The Concept of Mental Illness in Civil Commitment Proceedings Defining Mental Illness A legal concept – Severe disturbances Not synonymous with a psychological
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