Senate approves bill on mental health rulings

With a vote of 40-0, the Senate approved a bill on Tuesday that amended a version of legislation that would set a deadline for courts to forward rulings on mental health cases to court clerks.

According to The Washington Post, Senate Bill 576 would require a district court judge or special justice “to file any order from a commitment hearing for involuntary admission, involuntary outpatient treatment, or voluntary admission subsequent to a temporary detention order with the district court clerk for the county or city where the hearing took place as soon as practicable but no later than the close of business on the next business day following the completion of the hearing.”

The bill would require courts ruling on involuntary commitment cases to file their orders with the clerk and notify the Central Criminal Records Exchange within two business days.

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