In 1982, Kentucky passed the Kentucky Mental Health Hospitalization Act to address the sensitive issue of involuntary hospitalization. Involuntary hospitalization refers to the admittance of an individual to a hospital or psychiatric care facility against his or her will.
An individual suffering from mental illness can be involuntarily hospitalized if:
- He or she presents a danger or threat of danger to self, family or others resulting from mental illness
- He or she can reasonably benefit from treatment AND
- Hospitalization is the least restrictive means of treatment presently available