Delaware Mental Health Task Force Wrapping Up Report

Dec 3, 2013


BEAR, Del. (AP) - A task force studying Delaware's civil mental health laws is finishing up its work in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline for submitting a report with its full findings to the General Assembly and the governor.

Among the issues that have been examined by the task force, which meets Tuesday, are immunity provisions regarding involuntary mental health commitments. The immunity provision were the subject of a task force report that was due earlier this year and which was followed with legislation signed by Gov. Jack Markell in March.

The legislation clarifies the immunity provisions for police, doctors and others regarding the process to detain or not detain a person for an involuntary evaluation.