71-902. Declaration of purpose.

The purpose of the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act is to provide for the treatment of persons who are mentally ill and dangerous. It is the public policy of the State of Nebraska that mentally ill and dangerous persons be encouraged to obtain voluntary treatment. If voluntary treatment is not obtained, such persons shall be subject to involuntary custody and treatment only after mental health board proceedings as provided by the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act. Such persons shall be subjected to emergency protective custody under limited conditions and for a limited period of time.

Source:Laws 1976, LB 806, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 93; R.S.1943, (1999), § 83-1001; Laws 2004, LB 1083, § 22.

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