Involuntary commitment hearings; confidentiality of records. (SB96)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Involuntary commitment hearings; confidentiality of records. Clarifies that recordings of any involuntary commitment hearing shall be held by the clerk of the general district court where the hearing is held, and that all recordings and records of such hearings shall be confidential, unless such confidentiality is waived, in a signed writing, by the subject of such a hearing. The bill provides that the dispositional order of such hearing may be made available by court order, if such disclosure is in the best interest of the subject of the hearing or the public. The bill also directs the judge or special justice to order that copies of the relevant records of the person be released to (i) the facility in which he is placed; (ii) the community services board or behavioral health authority of the jurisdiction where the person resides or which is ordered to monitor any mandatory outpatient treatment order; (iii) any treatment providers identified in a treatment plan incorporated into any mandatory outpatient treatment order; and (iv) any other treatment providers or entities. Read the Bill »


01/28/2008: Merged into SB246


01/02/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083190248
01/02/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
01/28/2008Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB246-Howell) (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)