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Involuntary Commitment: Clinical and Legal Issues on September 30th

Aug 23, 2021 9:37:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski

Join us for this Live Webinar which will give an overview of involuntary commitment to include the definition of involuntary commitment (IVC), the different types and criteria of commitment, and agency roles and responsibilities in the IVC process.


1627333263-bridge-5706008640-lgSeptember 30, 2021

Live Webinar

12:00PM - 1:30PM

ONLY $15 to register. 

Register Now!


Who Should Participate?

This program will be beneficial to professionals involved in the involuntary commitment process including addiction professionals, licensed clinical mental health counselors, law enforcement, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, care coordinators, psychiatric nurses, psychotherapists, case managers, mental health practitioners, social workers, and all other interested mental health professionals.


Revisions to the Involuntary Commitment Law will be reviewed. Participants will have a better understanding of their role and the roles of the many professionals with whom they must interact when carrying out their respective responsibilities for the IVC process.



  • Describe the three types of involuntary commitment (IVC) and the criteria for each.
  • Review the process for IVC in North Carolina.
  • Review the revisions to the Involuntary Commitment Law.
  • Discuss agency roles and responsibilities in the involuntary commitment process to assure a smooth transition of the person being involuntarily committed.


Marvin S. Swartz, MD, is a professor and head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry, who also serves as director of the Duke AHEC Program and director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives. Dr. Swartz has been extensively involved in research and policy issues related to the organization and care of mentally ill individuals at the state and national level. He was a network member in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment, examining use of legal tools to promote recovery behavioral health treatment. He co-led
a North Carolina study examining the effectiveness of Psychiatric Advance Directives and the NIMH funded Clinical Anti-psychotics Trials of Intervention Effectiveness study. He is currently a co-investigator of a study of the cost of criminal justice involvement of mentally ill individuals and the effectiveness of gun laws in reducing gun related deaths. Dr. Swartz was the recipient of the 2011 American Public Health Association’s Carl Taube Award and the 2012 American Psychiatric Association’s Senior Scholar, Health Services Research Award for career contributions to behavioral health services research.

Provided by:

Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest School of Medicine and part of the NC AHEC System, with support from Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services


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Brooke Kochanski

Written by Brooke Kochanski

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