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Hospitalizing a Person Against His/Her Will

States can commit people to psychiatric hospitals under two legal models: (1) parens patriae-- the state is allowed to protect persons with mental illnesses who are unable to take care of themselves, and are not willing or able to seek medical treatment and (2) police power model-states can commit people to protect the public safety and welfare of its citizens. People with mental illnesses can be involuntarily hospitalized if they are a danger to themselves and those around them.

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States can commit people to psychiatric hospitals under two legal models: (1) parens patriae-- the state is allowed to protect persons with mental illnesses who are unable to take care of themselves, and are not willing or able to seek medical treatment and (2) police power model-states can commit people to protect the public safety and welfare of its citizens. People with mental illnesses can be involuntarily hospitalized if they are a danger to themselves and those around them. In determining who will be admitted involuntarily, states take two approaches either medical or legal. Recently, the U.S. has ...

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People with mental illnesses can be involuntarily hospitalized if they are a danger to themselves and those around them. In determining who will be admitted involuntarily, states take two approaches either medical or legal.

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