Process of Involuntary Commitment to a Psychiatric Facility

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Society realizes that, at times, an individual may pose a danger to themselves or to society and be unable to make rational decisions. In fact, in most jurisdictions in the modern world, involuntary commitment procedures are specifically applied to individuals who have manifested some form of serious mental illness that acts to impair their reasoning to such extent that they are unable to make cogent and logical decisions. Therefore, at these times the state (the Court system) must intercede to find ways to make the appropriate decisions under a legal template. Involuntary commitment may have, in the past, been used in certain situations, inappropriately, but the statutory criteria that indicates one is a danger to self or others usually acts as a legal axiom (Korba, 2008).
Essentially, during the civil commitment stage of the offender's sentence, a judge or jury must legally determine whether, beyond a reasonable doubt, the person meets the definition of mental illness, a danger to themselves or others, or guilty of a crime. If this is so determined, then the person will be civilly committed to a special Commitment Center for control, care and treatment until the person's…
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