Competency determinations in civil commitment

J. D. Bloom, L. R. Faulkner

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The authors present a brief overview of competency determination in criminal justice and civil commitment proceedings and review the American Psychiatric Association's Model Commitment Statute, which gives competency a central role. They present an alternative proposal that involves determining a person's competency to undergo civil commitment before a formal commitment hearing and delineates the responsibilities of legal and medical decision makers in the commitment process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-196
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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