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June 21, 2023

Involuntary Removal and Hospitalization: A Mental Hygiene Law Article 9 Primer

Article 9 of the NYS Mental Hygiene Law is a foundational part of the state’s behavioral health safety net. It contains the laws governing the involuntary removal from the community and hospitalization of persons who may, as a result of their mental illness, pose a risk of harm to themselves or others. An understanding of Article 9 standards and processes is essential for all health care providers—both inpatient and outpatient—who must achieve a balance between public-safety obligations, a desire to engage patients experiencing the most acute symptoms, and the constitutional due-process rights belonging to every person.

Topics Will Include:

  • Involuntary Removal From the Community
    • Who Can Order
    • Applicable Timeframes
    • Transportation Issues
  • Involuntary Hospitalization 
    • Danger to Self or Others
    • Due Process, Duration, and Discharge Planning
  • Role of Law Enforcement in Civil Removal and Other Custody Issues
  • Role of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service
  • Commitment Orders
    • Danger to Self or Others
    • Use of Telehealth for Article 9 Evaluations
    • Rehearing, Appeal, and Renewal
  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Kendra’s Law)

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
10:00 a.m.

Presented by
Keith Brennan, Of Counsel

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