New Resource: Involuntary Civil Commitments Resource Binder

New Jersey Courts ( has developed an interesting and useful summary of New Jersey legal procedures for involuntary civil commitments, called Involuntary Civil  Commitments–A Resource Binder. By “civil commitments”, we’re not talking about same-sex unions. Instead, the subject is the controversial topic of compulsory treatment for the seriously mentally ill. The document was prepared by a collaboration of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services of the NJ Department of Human Services, the Division of Mental Health and Guardianship Advocacy of the NJ Office of the Public Advocate, the Division of Law of the NJ Department of Law adn Public Safety, and the Civil Practice Division of hte Aministrative Office of the (NJ) Courts. The resource is helpful to families who find themselves in the excruciating position of contemplating and possibly carrying out an involuntary commitment to treatment of a loved one with a serious mental illness. PsychOdyssey is also including this Resource Binder in the syllabus of PsychOdyssey Academy’s course (PsychOdyssey 350) on compulsory treatment.

To see Involuntary Civil Commitments–A Resource Binder, click here. To see PsychOdyssey 350: Compulsory Treatment, click here.

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