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Pros and Cons of Using the Marchman Act to Get Your Loved One Into an Addiction Treatment Program

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Do you realize that you could request the court to let your loved one undergo the treatment they have been ordered by the court? This controversial option will be available for families living in only a handful of states. We’ve worked with patients who have been ordered to rehab by the court and we’ve seen the benefits and drawbacks in the Marchman Act in action first-hand.

Today, let’s talk concerning the Marchman Act and look at the different ways that we’ve seen involuntary addiction treatment work in real-world situations.

What’s The Marchman Act?

It’s a special provision in the law that permits judges to issue court-ordered rehab for people who have a problem with drugs or alcohol.

The person who receives the order must be proven not to have control over their actions (what is referred to as “substance impairment due to abuse”). Furthermore, the person receiving the order of the court must be a risk in their own life or “in need of addiction services” but not be able to “appreciate the necessity for these services.” A majority of those who suffer from an active addiction would meet the criteria.

The request for the court order could be from law enforcement agencies or from the relatives and/or acquaintances of the person. If it is from non-related individuals, the petition should be submitted by 3 or more persons with direct experience of the addiction. The petitions must be “made in good faith.”

When a petition is submitted and the judge decides to schedule for an appointment within 10 working days. If at the hearing, the person meets the requirements and the judge orders the individual to undergo an involuntary assessments for three days during which they will be supervised by addiction treatment specialists and undergo an assessment of Substance Use Disorder. If an addiction treatment specialist recommends the client seek treatment then the judge can court-order up to 60 days of involuntary treatment. If, after the expiration of the 60-day period or treatment period, the judge is of the opinion it is necessary to extend the court’s order is needed, they will can extend the order for up to 90 days.

How do I file A Petition

Make sure that the bed is available at the facility you prefer. Keep a record of the person you spoke to at the center and on when and on what day the admission could be scheduled. This is the information you need to fill out the application.
The next, and cheapest solution is to fill out the Marchman Act Package at your local county courthouse. It will contain an affidavit that is sworn along with an Involuntary Assessment Petition and Stabilization. If you require assistance with the process, get in touch with an attorney or interventionist to assist you in the legal process , but bear in mind that this could raise the cost of making your application.
Participate in the hearing that the judge decides upon following receipt of the package.
Make sure the person you are making the application for has completed an initial evaluation.
Filing a Petition to Treat before the court.
Participate in a second hearing to go over the evaluation and the judge will decide to impose a 60-day treatment in the event that it is it is appropriate.
Assist the person in attending treatment and securing funding to pay for treatment.
Make sure the patient attends their treatment and adheres to the treatment program.
Inform any violations of the judge’s orders to the judge. If the patient leaves treatment before the scheduled time the judge is given the authority to place the person in violation of the court’s order in the event that they fail to return.

How Treatment accessed through the Act Sometimes Don’t Effectively

There are many reasons for why treatments accessed via the Marchman Act might not be efficient. Here are some of the most important disadvantages:

It’s not free treatment for addiction. The state will only cover for addiction treatment if an individual has a low income and is qualified for state benefits. If they aren’t qualified for benefits from the state and the individual – – and their own insuranceis still accountable for the costs of treatment.

It doesn’t take people who have SUD (substance usage disorder) to treatment centers that are locked down. The people who have been ordered by the court to undergo rehab may be discharged at any time. The judge can make threats of jail in the event of a violation of the court, however it is rare to enforce this.

Due to HIPAA law the petitioners won’t know whether the patient has actually, sought treatment or continued to be in an addiction treatment program. Treatment facilities for addiction aren’t permitted to share the information because of the privacy laws governing medical treatment, so unless your loved ones are open about their experience with treatment You won’t be able to learn much about what’s occurring.

In general, the person you love must want to be sober to quit using substances and alcohol. A successful treatment requires a amount of effort and personal commitment. The patient must adhere to their treatment plan and stick to the recommendations of their medical team. A non-voluntary treatment may help some but for many with no drive to change and stay sober for a long time, sobriety can’t be achieved.

You must locate an treatment facility that has beds to allow the judge to accept the petition in a lot of cases. Based on the number of beds available and the degree of care required this could be challenging. It is possible to begin your search by contacting us, since we have lots of experience working with rehab patients ordered by the courts.

When treatment Without The Marchman Act Simply Isn’t Possible

In spite of these disadvantages There are still many who would not had sought help without a court ordeal by the justice system. Many families are grateful to with the Marchman Act with saving their loved ones’ life in a time when no other option could. Certain people find that being in a detention facility for a few days during the initial assessment provided them with the confidence to see that they may have problems. When acute withdrawal is over it is possible to remove the barriers between an addict and their recovery. In some cases, this provides the crucial window to make a improvement.