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Civil Commitment and Hospital Admissions Forms

DMH Civil Commitment and Hospital Admissions Forms

The list below contains the English and Spanish versions of downloadable application forms and notification forms related to mental health services civil commitment and hospitalization.

For contact information, please see the DMH Liaison List For Hospitals.


In accordance with Chapter 410 of the Acts and Resolves of 2004, emergency hospitalizations (commitments) under Section 12(b) and 12(e) may be authorized for three (3) business days instead of four (4) business days. Further, the time frame for holding a judicial hearing increased to from four (4) to five (5) business days from the date a petition for commitment is filed.

Please note that for the first form listed below, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 123, Section 12(a) provides that an Application for Temporary Involuntary Hospitalization (AA-5 Form, Side 1), can only be completed and signed by a Massachusetts licensed physician, licensed psychologist, licensed and certified psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialist, licensed independent clinical social worker or police officer.  Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 112, Section 80I, such applications may also be signed by Nurse Practitioners who have examined a patient within the scope of their practice.  The form has been revised to reflect this provision of law.  The form has also been revised to clarify that the signer of a §12(a) application is authorizing the use of restraint during transport, but only if necessary for the safety of the person being transported or of others who are likely to come into contact with him or her. M.G.L. Chapter 123, s. 21. (See Interested Parties Memo, below)

Side Two (2) of Form AA-5 is unchanged and must be completed by a "designated physician" at the facility with the authority to authorize admissions, pursuant to M.G.L. C. 123, S. 12 (b).

The remaining forms are used by hospitals in Massachusetts for patients who have been admitted for temporary involuntary hospitalization, pursuant to M.G.L., C. 123, S. 12 (b), for patients applying for care and treatment on a conditional voluntary basis, pursuant to M.G.L., C. 123, SS. 10 & 11, or to notify a patient of the hospital's intent to transfer him/her to another facility, pursuant to M.G.L. C. 123, S. 3.

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