Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Laws

Involuntary outpatient commitment requires the mandatory treatment of individuals with mental illness who meet certain criterion, such as danger to self or others. An individual may be placed directly into outpatient treatment with a court order or after the patient has already been placed in an inpatient treatment facility (more commonly referred to as conditional release).

This map explores state laws and regulations that govern who can initiate the outpatient commitment process, the duration of commitment, whether the patient can refuse medication, what consequences exist for non-compliance, and whether outpatient commitment sets limits on the patient’s right to possess a firearm. Read more.

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