Involuntary Commitment

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Involuntary commitment is the civil (non-criminal) legal mechanism to direct mentally decompensating individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders into immediate stabilization, mental health evaluation, and appropriate treatment options before they can become dangerous, homeless, incarcerated, victimized, or suffer other common consequences of non-treatment (such as suicidality, familial violence, and/or being a danger to themselves or others).

Washington State’s Involuntary Treatment Act is also referred to as:

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