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Is there a law on the books that allows a family to have an

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Is there a law on the books that allows a family to have an adult family member committed, involuntarily, to a psychiatric facility or dept. if that person is threatening to kill themself, and the police believe it is a credible threat?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  GeorgetownLawyr replied 6 years ago.
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is the person a danger to others?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No, only himself
Expert:  GeorgetownLawyr replied 6 years ago.

Here is the code for Georgia which you would need either a doctor or police officer to initiate it.


In Georgia, the maximum duration of emergency treatment prior to a hearing varies depending upon the specific circumstances. If a police officer takes the person directly to an emergency receiving facility, he could be held up to 23 days. If a physician initiates a certificate for treatment or a police officer takes a person to a physician for certification, the maximum potential days before a hearing is 21 (GCA §§ 37-3-64; 37-3-81). During this confinement period, a physician examines the patient to determine mental stability.


Any physician may cause a person to be committed in an emergency by executing a certificate, which states that he examined the person within the preceding 48 hours and found that he appeared to be a mentally ill person requiring involuntary treatment (GCA § 37-3-41(a)). A police officer may take a person to a physician for an emergency examination if (1) the person is committing a crime and (2) the peace officer has probable cause for believing that the person is mentally ill and in need of involuntary treatment (GCA § 37-3-42 (a)).



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