Court Order for Treatment


What is the Marchman Act Process?


With proper guidance under the Marchman Act, families can obtain a court order requiring their family member or friend with a substance use disorder (addiction or alcoholism) to go into treatment for help.


The impaired individual in need of treatment must also lack the ability to make rational decisions about treatment for their problem. A court order for treatment is issued following a petition, filed by someone with knowledge of the individual who has lost control over their substance abuse, and poses a threat to themselves or others.


After the court order is issued, the impaired person completes an involuntary assessment in a facility within 5 days.


Once complete, a judge reviews the findings and can order an individual into a substance abuse treatment program for up to 90 days.


Joe explains the Marchman Act process here:






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