Competency determinations in civil commitment

Am J Psychiatry. 1987 Feb;144(2):193-6. doi: 10.1176/ajp.144.2.193.


The authors present a brief overview of competency determinations 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.

MeSH terms

  • Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Comprehension
  • Criminal Law
  • Humans
  • Mentally Ill Persons*
  • Paternalism
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Psychiatry / standards
  • Societies, Medical / standards
  • United States