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Civil commitment is a process in which a judge decides whether a person alleged to be mentally ill should be required to accept mental health treatment.
A civil commitment is not a criminal conviction and will not go on a criminal record.
When a civil commitment petition has been filed, an investigator from the Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) investigates the need for the commitment. Depending on the investigator’s decision:
If a hearing is held, the person has a lawyer and witnesses testify. The judge then makes a decision whether the person should be committed.
A person can be committed if the judge finds by clear and convincing evidence that the person has a mental disorder and, because of that mental disorder, is:
A person can also be committed if the judge finds that the person is:
If the person is committed, the person may be hospitalized or may be required to undergo treatment in some other setting.
Contact one of OHA's Civil Commitment Coordinators:
Civil Commitment Oregon Administrative Rule
Learn more about civil commitment
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