How Do I Commit Someone To A Mental Hospital?

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Schizophrenia and Commitment: How To Do It

In America, it's no secret that the commitment laws are a sham: in most jurisdictions, the hospital staff strictly interpret the admittance criteria: a person must be an immediate danger to himself or others.


My book review of Crazy by Pete Earley documents this danger of letting individuals decompensate before they get treated: jails become the hospital.


Three years ago: I talked with the executive director of a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  She...

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