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Please Take the DBHDS Civil Commitment Survey

Written by Bruce Cruser

Bruce Cruser has been Executive Director of Mental Health Virginia since 2016, bringing a background in social work and community corrections, and many years of leadership experience in local and state government.

June 16, 2015

If you have experienced an Emergency Custody Order (ECO), Temporary Detention Order (TDO) or court-ordered involuntary admission to a mental health hospital or outpatient treatment, DBHDS asks that you give some of your time, by answering survey questions at the following link: . If clicking the link does not work please try typing it, or copying it into your browser address bar.

Sharing your experience will contribute to decisions about how mental health and addiction treatment can be improved in Virginia.
The questions will ask you about your experiences with the civil commitment process. By civil commitment, we mean the judicial process of being ordered involuntarily to mental health treatment. The basic steps in this process include:

  1. Being under an Emergency Custody Order (ECO) so that a pre-screening evaluation can be done by a CSB Emergency Services employee to determine what care you may need.
  2. Being detained under a Temporary Detention Order (TDO) in a mental health facility for up to three days prior to a court hearing.
  3. Appearing before a judge or special justice at a hearing (called a “commitment hearing”) to determine if you should be admitted involuntarily to a mental health hospital or to other mental health treatment.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with DBHDS. Such input is valuable to public mental health policymakers who are making informed decisions for strategic change.

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