Involuntary Hospital Commitment Procedures
Care and Treatment for Persons with Mental Illness and/or Substance Abuse
The following information is provided to answer common questions concerning mental illness and substance abuse cases. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.
A mental illness or substance abuse commitment is not intended to lock someone up for long periods of time, nor can it insure a cure to the illness from which the person suffers. Court action can only briefly intervene in what is likely to be a long-term treatment problem. You should expect someone who has been the subject of mental illness commitment proceedings to shortly return to the community where outpatient follow-up treatment may continue for many months.
Before a petition for Care and Treatment is filed, the person needing treatment must have been admitted to a treatment facility for inpatient treatment and meet the following NECESSARY ELEMENTS FOR PETITIONING:
- The proposed patient is likely mentally ill, and;
- the proposed patient is likely a danger to self or others, and;
- the proposed patient lacks the capacity to make an informed decision concerning the need for care and treatment.
- The proposed patient lacks self control as to the use of alcohol and/or drugs, and;
- the proposed patient is incapacitated by substance abuse, and;
- the proposed patient may cause substantial harm to self, others, or property, if not detained.
For other commitment queries:
- Read the other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
- Check out the resources available from Johnson County Mental Health.
- Contact the District Attorney's Commitment staff:
- Carrol Garrett at (913) 715-3035, Bobbie Snook at (913) 715-3065, or Kelly Vandewynkle at (913) 715-3078.