Please note: The questions below are generally answered but may have exceptions due to safety reasons or individual needs.
How does a person get involuntarily committed?
Who takes me to the hospital?
How long will I have to stay in the hospital?
What law says I must be involuntarily committed?
Do any laws protect my rights while I am a patient in the hospital?
What happens when I get to the hospital?
What happens when I get on the unit?
May I keep my personal belongings with me?
Where will I keep my personal belongings?
What will I do in the hospital?
May I make telephone calls in the hospital?
May my family and friends visit me in the hospital?
Is the mail I receive read by staff members?
May I read, do crossword puzzles, or word searches while in the hospital?
What other recreational activities will be available?
May I use my own personal hygiene products?
Am I allowed to wear makeup at the hospital?
Am I allowed to shave my face, legs, and/or pubic area?
May I get a haircut while in the hospital?
May I go into the community to eat or shop while a patient?
May I have sex with other patients while in the hospital?
May the hospital ever make me move to another facility or hospital?
When I am ready to leave the hospital, who will take me where I need to go?