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Avoiding Pitfalls and Missteps with Involuntary Commitment: Guidance and Wisdom from the Legal Perspective

Gregg Bryon, JD
Court-Appointed Attorney and Patients Rights Advocate • Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco Mental Health Division

Julian Sapirstein, JD
Commissioner • Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco

Dominic Tarpey, LCSW
Senior Analyst, Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 


Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participles will be able to:

  • Understand the criteria and timeframes associated with the most common psychiatric holds permitted by California law (i.e., 5150/5585, 5270, 5260)
  • Understand the criteria and procedures for the administration of psychiatric medication and medical care for patients with psychiatric conditions who are unable to consent/lack capacity
  • Identify three common errors in the commitment process when a patient is placed on 5250, 5270, or 5260 hold


Intensive Services Grand Rounds presentations are for educational purposes and intended only for behavioral/mental health professionals and clinical providers.

Continuing education (CE) credit is available for physicians, psychologists, nurses, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and pharmacists who participate in this activity.

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