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Psychological Crisis

A psychological crisis exists when an individual is threatening harm to himself/herself or to harm others, or is out of touch with reality due to severe drug reactions or psychological problems. Psychological problems may be manifested by hallucinations or uncontrollable behavior, or the person could be a walk-away from a nursing home or hospital.

If a psychological crisis occurs:

Police are able to remove someone to the Emergency Room against their will when they have probable cause that the person is a danger to himself/herself or others.

See the following section on Suicide Prevention.