Senate Bill No. 1018

Public Act No. 99-32

An Act Concerning Civil Commitment for Alcohol Detoxification of Patients with Life-Threatening Symptoms.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Subsection (a) of section 17a-684 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) A person who is intoxicated at the time of application for commitment pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and who (1) is dangerous to himself or dangerous to others unless committed, (2) needs medical treatment for detoxification for potentially life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol or drugs or (3) is incapacitated by alcohol, may be committed for emergency treatment to a treatment facility operated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services or a private treatment facility approved by the department to provide emergency treatment. The requirement that a person be intoxicated at the time of application may be waived if a licensed physician determines that the person is in immediate need of medical treatment for detoxification for potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. A refusal to undergo treatment shall not constitute evidence of lack of judgment as to the need for treatment.

Approved May 27, 1999

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