A Quest For Answers
Learn what forms you will need to fill out and who you will need to contact if a crisis arises. A good place to start is the courthouse in the county where your loved one lives. Many times, the clerk of the court is a great resource for finding out the procedures for filing an involuntary commitment petition in your county. Another resource is your state/local mental health departments. They may have helpful materials that they can provide. Also, the local NAMI chapter in your family member’s area is a great resource. Most of the NAMI members have been in similar situations and can give you the benefit of their experience.
More tips and strategies, including information on preparing for a crisis and creating a CARE kit, are available on our website.