Neil Scheurich, MD


Psychiatric Power

January 01, 1997

The state of North Carolina has relatively liberal policies regarding petitions for involuntary commitment. If such documents bear words like "dangerous" or "mentally ill," even in the most nebulous sense imaginable, the police will surely locate the relevant individuals and dutifully bring them to the emergency department. This generosity of interpretation produces some sticky situations for the lucky ED resident of the day.