Civil commitment early release notifications

Under current law, when a person is civilly committed on a 72-hour hold and is released early, law enforcement is not notified of the early release. This is problematic because police officers need to know if a person who is potentially dangerous to themselves or others is back in the community. This legislation would create a system of notifications in the event a person does not have the consent of the care provider when they check out of a mental health facility before the 72-hour hold is up. The law enforcement officer who drops the person off is required to provide their name, agency, and contact information so the facility can notify them of the early release.  Supporters say this measure will protect communities and the patient. (S.F. 2504)

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