MPS Reiterates Recommendation for No Change to Involuntary Admission Regulations

In the November 4 Maryland Register, the Maryland Department of Health published its amended proposal to change Regulations .04 and .08 under COMAR 10.21.01 Involuntary Admission to Inpatient Mental Health Facilities.  Although MDH broadened the proposed language slightly, the MPS continued its earlier objection to the attempt to define “danger” for purposes of emergency psychiatric evaluation and involuntary admission to a facility.  Maryland’s existing dangerousness standard accommodates a range of gray area situations involving serious risk to the individual or others.  MPS asserted that the proposed regulation does not provide a comprehensive solution, and may exacerbate the very problems it aims to address.


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