Like every state, the Commonwealth has its own civil commitment laws that establish criteria for determining when involuntary treatment including hospitilization is appropriate for individuals with severe mental illness who are too ill to seek care voluntarily. For involuntary treatment to be granted, a person must meet the following criteria:
- be a danger to self/others/family, including actions which deprive self/others/family of basic means of survival such as provision for reasonable shelter, food or clothing;
- can reasonably benefit from treatment; and
- hospitalization is the least restrictive form of treatment available.
If you need assistance in filing a petition, contact the County Attorney’s Office at 859-491-7700. The petition can be found by using the link below: