Harrisburg Mental Health Law Attorneys
Pennsylvania Mental Health Laws and Regulations
Mental health law is a very complicated area of law. It can come into play in various types of cases, from criminal accusations to involuntary commitments. No matter the situation, having a thorough understanding of the Mental Health Procedures Act (MHPA) and related laws is crucial. The good news is that you do not have to go through this time alone. Scaringi Law is a seasoned law firm with offices across Central Pennsylvania. We are passionate about helping clients obtain the best possible outcomes for their particular circumstances. Regardless of the circumstances, Scaringi Law can help you navigate complex legal processes.
Start by contacting our Harrisburg mental health law attorneys at (717) 775-7195.
Involuntary Mental Health Commitments - Code 303
Even if you have not committed a crime or done anything wrong, if you are determined to be a clear danger to yourself and others due to mental illness, you may be subject to an involuntary commitment under the Mental Health Procedures Act (MHPA) if you refuse voluntary treatment. You could lose serious rights, such as your right to bear and keep arms, if you are subjected to an involuntary commitment. With a 303, if a person is admitted involuntarily, the patient will either be discharged within 5 days or brought to mental health court within 5 days (120 hours) to request a longer commitment.
At an involuntary mental health commitment hearing, it is crucial that you have a seasoned lawyer to defend your rights. We understand that clients in such situations are often confused, troubled, and unsure about what is happening to them. Our goal is to make sure clients receive the least restrictive alternative for treatment—whether that means cutting back the days of potential commitment or finding another out-patient alternative or challenging the grounds for the commitment and seeking the immediate release of our client from the involuntary commitment.
If your liberties and freedoms are on the line or you are trying to determine if your loved one should be involuntarily committed, be sure to contact our lawyers right away for proven advocacy.
Assisting Families Struggling with the Mental Health Issues of Others
We also assist families who are trying to deal with the mental health issues of a family member or friend. We can guide a family through the mental health commitment process and help them obtain an involuntary commitment of a family member or friend if necessary to prevent that person from harming themselves or others.
Don’t wait to get counsel you can trust during this time. Call our Harrisburg mental health lawyers at (717) 775-7195.