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DEEP DIVE: New law doubles the time a patient experiencing mental health issue can be involuntarily committed

The commitment was increased from three days to six days. This is only if there are no beds available at a psychiatric or short-term care facility.

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2023, 2:58 AM

Updated 298 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a new law that doubles the amount of time a person can be involuntarily committed to hospitals and emergency rooms if they are experiencing a mental health crisis.
The commitment was increased from three days to six days. This is only if there are no beds available at a psychiatric or short-term care facility.
News 12 New Jersey spoke with Dr. Adeola Sonaike about the changes. She is the COO of Baker Street Behavioral Health.


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