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Issue Briefs

Emergency Mental Health Holds (17-38)

Subject
Health Care & Health Insurance
Published
10/02/2017

This issue brief addresses the state’s emergency mental health hold procedure, which allows for a person to be involuntarily held for a 72-hour period of treatment and evaluation if he or she appears to have a mental illness and, due to the mental illness, appears to be an imminent danger to self or others, or appears to be gravely disabled.  The brief also discusses short-term and long-term treatment following a mental health hold.