What will the Court need to know?

Court staff will verify that you personally observed the behavior and that it happened recently. You will be asked to describe the behavior in detail.

Court staff will also want to know the individual's substance abuse habits. If the problem is determined to be substance abuse related, you will be referred to an agency in your area.

You will also be asked whether every effort has been made to get the person to voluntarily seek help.

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1. What is involuntary commitment?
2. How do I know if a person is mentally ill?
3. Who should I call?
4. What will the Court need to know?
5. What if the person needs further evaluation?
6. What happens next?
7. Where will the person be taken?
8. What happens at the hospital?
9. What if the hospital determines that the person does not require hospitalization?
10. And if the person is diagnosed as requiring treatment?
11. How long will the person be kept in the treatment facility?
12. Could it be longer?