Developments in Trust & Estate Law
New Laws from the 2023 Legislative Cycle

Involuntary Commitment

While last year brought alternatives to conservatorships, this year brought an expanded basis for involuntary commitment.

Expanded Basis for Involuntary Commitment

SB 43 expands the definition of “gravely disabled,” a legal standard for involuntarily detaining and conserving individuals. SB 43 expands the definition of “gravely disabled” to include a condition in which a person, as a result of a “mental health disorder, severe substance use disorder, or a co-occurring mental health disorder and a severe substance use disorder, is unable to provide for their basic personal needs for food, clothing, shelter, personal safety or necessary medical care.” (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 5008, subd. (h)(1)(A).)

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