Administrative Civil Commitment: The Nebraska Experience and Legislative Reform under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act of 1976
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Peters, Geoffrey W.
Teply, Larry L.
Wunsch, James S.
INTRODUCTION|For many years the standards and procedures for the commitment of the mentally ill have reflected the view that the commitment process should be a scientific determination which is best made by trained medical personnel. The use of formal judicial proceedings and "criminal" due process procedural safeguards in a mental health context was considered to be detrimental to the proposed patient's welfare and to the decision making process. Based upon these views, many states established relaxed judicial proceedings for the commitment of the mentally ill while others, such as Nebraska, vested civil commitment authority in non-judicial administrative boards of mental health.|During the past decade, however, a widespread attack has been mounted on these mental health commitment procedures...
10 Creighton L. Rev. 243 (1976-1977)
Creighton University School of Law