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Mental Health/Civil Commitments

Washington County Courthouse
14949 62nd St. N.
P.O. Box 3082
Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone:  651.430.6297
Fax:  651.430.6300

The Mental Health/Civil Commitment area of the Probate Court Division has the obligation of committing persons to treatment facilities with the allegation of Mental Illness, Mental Retardation, Chemical Dependency, Psychopathic Personality and referrals from Criminal Court.  This area processes and maintains files on Petitions for Judicial Commitment along with Petitions for Administration of Neuroleptic Medications and Petitions for Administration of Electroconvulsive Therapy.  The Mental Health area of the Probate Court Division is governed by Minnesota Statutes 253B.  (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/253B/).

There are six different types of commitments:

1. Mentally Ill persons (MI) - Persons that are mentally ill and as a result, pose a danger to themselves or others;

2. Mentally Retarded persons (MR) - Persons that are mentally retarded (developmentally disabled) and as a result, pose a danger to themselves or others;

3. Chemically Dependent persons (CD) - Persons that are chemically dependent, unable to manage personal affairs, and as a result, pose a danger to themselves or others;

4. Persons Mentally Ill and Dangerous to the Public (MI&D) - Persons that are mentally ill and as a result, have caused or intended to cause serious physical harm to another and are likely to take such action in the future;

5. Sexual Psychopathic Personalities (SPP) - Persons who have an utter lack of power to control their sexual impulses as the result of a mental disorder and therefore pose a danger to the public;

6. Sexually Dangerous Persons (SDP) - Persons who have a mental disorder who have engaged in and are likely to continue to engage in harmful sexual conduct.

No civil commitment forms are available from the Judicial Branch at this time.  If you are interested in a basic overview of the civil commitment process, visit the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities' web site to review a fact sheet.  The Ombudsman's office also has additional information and some forms