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What is an involuntary commitment?

An involuntary commitment is a procedure whereby a mentally ill person is involuntarily placed in the custody of the Alabama Department of Mental Health for treatment.                                Commitments Green Ribbon

Filing a commitment petition in Madison County

To have a person committed to the custody of the State Department of Mental Health, a petition must be filed in the county where the patient is located.

Attorneys available to assist with the filing of the petition in Madison County are:

  • Kimberly Brown, Esq. (256) 533-8795
  • Rochelle Conley, Esq. (256) 533-6797
  • Bennett Driggers, Esq. (256) 536-7046
  • Milburn Gross, Esq. (256) 828-9923
  • Charles Hooper, Esq. (256) 539-8914
  • Dustin Paseur, Esq. (256) 603-1453


  • The Probate Judge will issue a Court Order to the Sheriff to serve the patient with a Court Order for Hearing and Notice of Petition
  • A Guardian ad Litem will be appointed by the Court to ensure that the patients’ rights are protected.
  • A Final Order of Involuntary Commitment/Order of Denial will be entered at time of Final Hearing
  • An Order of Involuntary Commitment can be appealed.  A Request for Appeal/Trial De Novo must be filed within five (5) days after the patient has received notice of the petition.

Filing fee:  $35.00.  Indigent filing available when assistance is needed.

Due to the complexity of laws and procedures of the Probate Court, we strongly suggest that you seek the advice of a licensed attorney.  The Probate Judge, Chief Clerk and Staff of the Probate Court are prohibited by law to offer any legal advice.