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California Welfare and Institutions Code Psychiatric Holds (5150): What to Know and How to Do It Right

Dominic Tarpey, LCSW
Senior Quality Analyst
UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics

Learning objectives:
At the end of this presentation, attendees will:

  • Understand the history, intent, and scope of the California Welfare and Institutions Code pertaining to involuntary commitment
  • Understand the criteria and parameters by which a person can be involuntarily detained
  • Understand the rights a person who has been placed in an involuntary hold retain, and the rights for due process


This training session is for UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences employees only.  If you provide direct patient care at Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital, the Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building, or any UCSF Health location in San Francisco and are new to the department, have not yet been certified, or your certification is expiring soon, then please attend one of these trainings.

Please note that this training is required for faculty, clinical staff, and trainees—including physicians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and masters-level therapists (e.g. LCSW, LMFT, MSW, MFT). Please consult your supervisor if you have any questions about whether you are required to attend. Trainees should consult with RTP or their fellowship coordinator. Continuing education credits are not available for these trainings.

Other clinical staff—such as RNs, LVNs, expressive arts therapists, BCBAs, medical assistants—are not required to do this training. However, any staff are welcome to attend as an educational opportunity. Please coordinate with your supervisor if you wish to attend.

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