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.
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.