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My friend went into the hospital saying she was seeing

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My friend went into the hospital saying she was seeing things but it was due to a reaction of the medicine she was taking the doctors said she was being admitted to the ward, where she then said she did not want to be they said she had no choice because she is active duty can they do that
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Military Law
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do the rules of consent for treatment just go out the window because she is active duty
Expert:  Sam replied 1 year ago.


This is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.

First no rights have gone out the window. Whether active military or not, every state has provisions to have a person involuntarily committed.

However, there is also a specific military regulation in this regard.


a. In any case in which a Service member has communicated to a privileged healthcare provider an explicit threat to kill or seriously injure a clearly identified or reasonably identifiable person, or to destroy property under circumstances likely to lead to serious bodily injury or death, and the Service member has the apparent intent and ability to carry out the threat, the responsible healthcare provider will make a good faith effort to take precautions against the threatened injury. Such precautions include, but are not limited to:

(1) Notifications. Privileged healthcare providers will notify:

(a) The Service member’s commander or supervisor that the Service member is imminently or potentially dangerous.

(b) Military or civilian law enforcement authorities where the threatened injury may occur.

(c) Law enforcement of specifically named or identified potential victim(s).

(d) The Service member’s commander or supervisor and any identifiable individuals who had been harmed or threatened harm by the Service member immediately before hospitalization about the Service member’s pending discharge from inpatient status.

(2) Recommendations and Referrals. The MHP will recommend as appropriate:

(a) Appropriate precautions to the Service member’s commander or supervisor.

(b) Referral of the Service member’s case to the Service’s physical evaluation board.

(c) Admission of the Service member to an inpatient psychiatric or medical unit for evaluation and treatment.

(d) Administrative separation of the Service member to the commander or supervisor.

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