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Civil Commitment Laws and Standards

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The Treatment Advocacy Center publishes excerpts and summaries of US civil commitment laws and standards as a service to lawmakers, mental health agencies, advocates, families, journalists and others seeking information about involuntary treatment for acute or chronic severe mental illness. 

The following charts provide critical information for each state and the District of Columbia.

For court-ordered inpatient and outpatient treatment standards by state, use the drop-down menu on the US map on this page to navigate to your state's page.

Each case is different. The information provided in these documents does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for seeking legal counsel.

 
 

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