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The emergency petition process in Maryland
The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Maryland's Emergency Petition statute allows a violent or suicidal person with a mental disorder to be brought to an emergency facility for rapid evaluation regarding the need for emergency treatment. Although many states have similar laws, little has been written in the psychiatric literature about the emergency petition process. The investigators evaluated emergency petition documents, demographic data, and the adequacy of emergency room records for all patients brought to a large countypmid:2289026 fatcat:6dwscp6rjzcyjmj3a36mzczu4a