What is civil commitment?
Civil commitment is the legal process by which a court orders mental health treatment.
Voluntary treatment is always preferred, but if commitment is necessary, the ultimate goal is to provide the necessary care, while protecting the right of the patient.
Medical and legal professionals both play a role in civil commitment.
This Minnesota Department of Human Services provides a tool to help understand the process. It explains the rights of individuals according to the law and helps to clarify the process of commitment.