Involuntary Admissions

Rights and Legal Issues

Involuntary Hospitalization Forms and Procedures

Additional information about involuntary admissions:

Frequently Asked Questions about Involuntary Hospitalization (PDF)

Medicating Patients Involuntarily at Psychiatric Hospitals (PDF)

For more complete information related to the content and effect of advance directives, go to the Maine Disability Rights Center's Advanced Health Care Directives Manual (PDF)

Every patient has the right to govern their own treatment unless that person lacks capacity or there is an emergency. The circumstances of incapacity and emergency are very precisely defined, and must be strictly observed to protect this right.