Civil Commitment: Personal Experiences from Young Adults and Families
Source: Now Is The Time TA Center (SAMHSA)
Resource Type: Document or Publication
Transformation Team Subjects: Clinical Practice & Health Care, Youth & Young Adults of Transition Age
Key Topics: Crisis Response, Family, First Episode Psychosis, SED/SMI, Youth Voice & Engagement
Civil commitment, or the practice of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization, presents an ethical conflict between the mental health system and patients. This brief was informed by four interviews with individuals who have experience, either as a young adult or a parent, going through the civil commitment process. While the topic of civil commitment is contentious, the purpose of this brief is to help stakeholders, providers, and policymakers better understand the impact of the civil commitment process on children, young adults, and families.