Originally posted by crw2006
N.J. Legislature passes bill allowing forced treatment to mentally ill, awaiting Corzine approval
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A bill that would allow state officials to force people with a serious mental illness to attend outpatient treatment if a judge finds they are
a danger to themselves or others has been sent to Gov. Jon Corzine
this has long been the law in calif.
Section 5150 (Involuntary psychiatric hold), of California's Welfare and Institutions Code ...
The criteria for writing requires probable cause. This includes "danger to self", "danger to others" together with some indication, prior to the
administering of the hold, of symptoms of a "mental disorder", and/or "grave disability"—as noted below. The conditions must exist under the
context of a mental illness.
#Danger to self: The person must be an immediate threat to themselves, usually by being suicidal. Someone who is severely depressed and wishes to die
would fall under this category.
#Danger to others: The person must be an immediate threat to someone else. A person hearing voices telling to kill someone, having anger management
issues, and/or any unusual obsession or behavior with others would fall under this category.
##Adult (patients over 18 years of age): The person's mental condition prevents him/her from being able to provide for food, clothing, and/or
shelter, and there is no indication that anyone is willing or able to assist him/her in procuring these needs. This does not necessarily mean
homeless, as a homeless person who is able to seek housing (even in a temporary shelter) when weather demands it would not fall under this category.
Also, the mere lack of resources to provide food, clothing, or shelter is not dispositive; the inability must be caused by the psychiatric
##Minor (patients under 18 years of age): The person is unable to provide for his/her food, clothing, and/or shelter or to make appropriate use of
them even if these are supplied directly--for example, a psychotic adolescent who refuses to eat because he/she believes their parents are poisoning
#Mental disorder: Though undefined by statute or regulation, this is generally taken to refer to a diagnosis listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders. Page 14 of the LA County LPS Designation Manual states that "the initiator must be able to articulate behavioral symptoms
of a mental disorder either temporary or prolonged" (People v. Triplett,(1983) 144 Cal. App. 3d 283).
This includes people under the influence of illegal drug that threatens others physically or verbally.
Many long time illegal drug users develop mental health issues.
There are many dangerous mentally ill that need to confined but the state due to funding allows them to wonder the streets till they kill themselves
As a EMT in some counties of Calif i was able to have people committed under 5150.
And anytime they threaten someone else i did it without any regret because they were a danger to others.