We are available to assist families with a three party petition for mental health commitment. Wisconsin statutes define mental illness as a person who experiences substantial disorder of thought, mood, perception, orientation, or memory that grossly impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognize reality, or the ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, but does not include alcoholism. The condition must be treatable through the use of psychological, educational, social, and medical techniques designed to rehabilitate the individual. Wisconsin statutes require three adults to sign the petition. At least one of the petitioners must have first hand knowledge of the person’s need for treatment to provide information to the court. The information must be in writing. The petitioners must be willing to testify in court if necessary.
At least one of the following criteria must be met in order to initiate an involuntary commitment:
- Evidence of recent threats of or attempts at suicide or serious bodily harm.
- Evidences a substantial probability of physical harm to oneself and/or other individuals as manifested by evidence of recent homicidal or other violent behavior, or by evidence that others are placed in reasonable fear of violent behavior and serious physical harm to them, as evidenced by a recent overt act, attempt, or threat to do such physical harm.
- Evidences such impaired judgment manifested by evidence of a pattern of recent acts or omissions that there is a very substantial probability of physical impairment or injury to oneself and that reasonable provision for his/her protection is not available in the community and the subject is not appropriate for protective placement.
- Behavior manifested by a recent act or omission that, due to mental illness or drug dependency, he/she is unable to satisfy basic needs of nourishment, medical care, shelter, or safety without prompt and adequate treatment so that a substantial probability exists that death, serious physical injury, serious physical debilitation, or serious physical disease will imminently ensue unless the individual receives prompt and adequate treatment for this mental illness or drug dependency. No substantial probability of harm exists if reasonable provision for the individual’s treatment and protection is available in the community.
Substance abuse services are provided to individuals who have an inability to pay for services elsewhere or are referred by Department of Human Services staff. Services are provided based on assessed need and assessment of where an individual is in the process of change.
We are available to assist families with a three party petition for alcohol commitment. To initiate a three party alcohol petition for commitment, three letters are needed. The information contained in the letters need to be within a one-year period. There are four criteria listed below which must be met and need to be addressed in the letters:
- By clear and convincing evidence, the person habitually lacks self-control as to the use of alcoholic beverages (i.e. frequency of use, quantity consumer).
- By clear and convincing evidence, the person uses alcoholic beverages to the extent their health is impaired to endangered (i.e. elevated liver, kidney damage, alcohol in blood, delirium tremors).
- By clear and convincing evidence, the person uses alcoholic beverages to the extent their social or economic functioning is disrupted (i.e. family issues, employment problems, financial difficulties).
- By clear and convincing evidence, the person’s pattern of conduct is dangerous to themselves or others (i.e. driving while intoxicated, physical altercations, falling, not eating, blackouts).
To learn more about Wisconsin’s Substance Abuse Services, visit their website at http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/substabuse/INDEX.HTM
More information may be obtained on mental health service facilitation by contacting Chippewa County Human Services at 715-726-7788.