Involuntary Psychiatric Holds

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 5/22/2018


The Board will hear a request from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt a resolution authorizing the use of an additional 30-day involuntary psychiatric hold. The Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act mandates that a mentally disabled person requiring treatment be treated in the least restrictive setting and be afforded certain rights, including court hearings, if detained involuntarily. The LPS Act also sets criteria for who can be placed into involuntary care and establishes limits on the duration of involuntary holds. HHS staff says there are instances in which the initial 72-hour hold and optional 14-day hold do not provide sufficient time for facilities to complete a thorough assessment, achieve patient stabilization, determine future treatment options, and investigate available family and/or community resources that may have ultimately obviated the need for placing a patient on conservatorship. Board approval of the proposed resolution would authorize the use of an additional 30-day involuntary psychiatric hold without first obtaining temporary conservatorship. 


The County Administrator removed this agenda item.

Need more info? See the staff report about the proposed additional 30-day involuntary psychiatric hold.

Contact: Dr. Grant Colfax, Director, Department of Health and Human Services

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