Danger to Self & Others/Grave Disability CRS 27-65-102
 
New Title 27, Article 65
 
On May 16, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law HB13-1296, creating the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force under C.R.S. §27-60-102. 
 
Pursuant to C.R.S. §27-60-102 (3), the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force studied the definition of “danger to self or others” as set forth in section C.R.S. §27-65-102 (4.5) and, considering the civil liberties and public safety concerns of that definition, ratified the definition by a majority vote.
 
C.R.S. § 27-65-105, the section that governs mental health emergency procedure, continues to read “imminent danger to others or to himself or herself…”  
  
Danger to self or others” has been further defined to read:
 
a) “With respect to an individual, that the individual poses a substantial risk of physical harm 
     to himself or herself as manifested by evidence of recent threats of or attempts at suicide or
     serious bodily harm to himself or herself; or”
 
b) “With respect to other persons, that the individual poses a substantial risk of physical harm 
     to another person or persons, as manifested by evidence of recent homicidal or other violent
     behavior by the person in question, or by evidence that others are placed in reasonable fear of
     violent behavior and serious physical harm to them, as evidenced by a recent overt act, 
     attempt, or threat to do serious physical harm by the person in question.”
 
Additionally, the Civil Commitment  Statute Review Task Force informally considered the definition and application of the term “imminent” in C.R.S. § 27-65-105.  The plain language meaning of “imminent” should be applied, and can be found here.  In section 105, the term “imminent” applies to the proximity in time of the dangerousness.  More specifically, the term “imminent” applies to a determination of whether the danger to others or himself or herself is current; it does not apply to how soon in time a specific dangerous act may be undertaken.
  
Civil Commitment Task Force Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2014 
June 23, 2014 
July 14, 2014 
Final Responses for Civil Commitment Survey 
 
Click here for the Colorado Revised Statutes, C.R.S. § 27-65-101 - 131
 
 New Definition of Grave Disability, goes into effect on July 1, 2014
 Application for Commitment
 New Title 27 Factsheet
 Report of the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force 
 
 
 
 
 
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