Involuntary Commitment and Guardianship Laws Used for those with Substance Use Disorders

Involuntary Commitment and Guardianship Laws Used for those with Substance Use Disorders

Involuntary Commitment and Guardianship Laws Used for those with Substance Use Disorders

Currently, 35 states and the District of Columbia have enacted involuntary commitment laws for those suffering from alcoholism and/or substance use disorders (SUDs). In order to protect an individual’s civil rights, each state ensures that the committed person receives due process by providing the person the right to an attorney during the commitment process. Click here to read the most recent version of this report, published in November 2019.