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Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Posted on Mar 30

The Chief Justice of the Trial Court invites comments on the proposed amendments to Uniform Trial Court Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Abuse under G.L. c. 123, § 35.  The proposed amendments are necessitated by the passage of St. 2016, c.   …Continue Reading Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Addiction Treatment Instead of Prison for Women With Substance Abuse Disorder Posted on Jan 28

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 123, Section 35 permits the courts to involuntarily commit someone whose alcohol or drug creates “a likelihood of serious harm” to themselves or others. The law has provided that if there are no treatment beds available for women committed under that section, they   …Continue Reading Addiction Treatment Instead of Prison for Women With Substance Abuse Disorder

Guidance for Involuntary Commitments for Alcohol or Substance Abuse Posted on Nov 6

In In the Matter of G.P., decided yesterday, the SJC provided guidance to judges in cases involving civil commitment under G. L. c. 123, § 35. Among the holdings of the court: Standard of Proof: “Given the limited and definite time frame involved in a §   …Continue Reading Guidance for Involuntary Commitments for Alcohol or Substance Abuse