Friday, May 30, 2014

Mental Health Laws - State-by-State Surveys

With shooting rampages cropping up in the news every few months, you may wonder (as did an author at Slate.com), "Under what circumstances can a family member, social worker, or law enforcement officer have a person involuntarily committed because they represent a danger to society? With the recent spate of shootings perpetuated by people with known mental illness, do those laws need updating?"

The laws vary by state, but you can find them on a handy website here. To determine which states have the strongest or weakest laws regarding civil commitment, this site recently (February 2014) rated them.