Sometimes people with mental illnesses or substance use disorders are unable to make decisions about their basic care, such as food, shelter, and medical care. Sometimes they are at risk of harming themselves or others. If a person is unable to understand sufficient information to make decisions about medical treatment, they can go through a process in Missouri called Civil Involuntary Detention.
This process allows for the detention, evaluation, and treatment of people who are believed to imminently harmful. You can call the Access Crisis Intervention (or Behavioral Health Response) hotline 24/7 at 1-800-811-4760 to talk to someone who can evaluate the situation and provide the appropriate response.
In Missouri, the initial detention, evaluation, and treatment period is 96 hours not including weekends or holidays. After that, the psychiatric team may release the person or recommend to a court additional time (typically 21 days, 90 days, or 1 year for mental health treatment or 30 or 60 days for substance use disorders).
You can find additional information at the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
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