Senate defeats bill on involuntary hospitalization

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Wyoming Senate has defeated a bill that would have allowed state authorities to hospitalize people involuntarily for mental health treatment without quick judicial review of detention decisions.

The senate defeated the bill on Monday.

It had been sponsored by the Joint Judiciary Committee.

The bill would It would have removed the existing requirement in state law that a judge must review involuntary hospitalization of people for mental health treatment within 72 hours.

Representatives from the Wyoming ACLU, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers' Association and the Wyoming County Attorneys' Association all opposed the bill. They testified at a committee hearing last week that doing away with the judicial hearings would create the potential for people to be held unconstitutionally.

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