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Civil Commitments/Mental Hygiene


Overview

360 Adams Street, Room 285
Brooklyn, NY 11201
347-296-1757

The Mental Hygiene Court is where people petition to have a person brought before a judge to determine if they need psychiatric help. These matters are adjudged based on the criteria of whether the person is a danger to themselves or to others.

In addition, the Mental Hygiene Court also handles "Kendra's Law" cases. These matters concern individuals who have a prior history of mental illness, are 18 years of age or older and have demonstrated their inability to safely remain in the community without supervision. The relief granted by the court is to have these individuals placed on a form of civil probation.

Part Rules for Mental Hygiene Part 77M & 77AOTM