Mental Commitment Bill Goes to Governor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Senate has sent to the governor a bill that aims to simplify the process of having people involuntarily committed for evaluation or treatment of mental illness.
The bill sets uniform standards in all 82 counties.

The measure requires officials to develop a one-page commitment form that would be easy to understand.

Senate Public Health Committee Chairman Hob Bryan of Amory says the bill also makes it clear the hearing can take place anywhere in the county.

Bryan says it's simpler for some chancellors to hold hearings at the mental health facilities.

The commitment process is often used when relatives or guardians believe a person with mental illness is dangerous to himself or to others.

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