Assignment: practicum journal: voluntary and involuntary commitment | NUNP 6660 – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role I: Child and Adolescent | Walden University
Yes, I would recommend voluntary commitment given that the client made an apparent suicide attempt and evidenced a desire to end his life due to a difficult situation he was facing with his girlfriend’s parents. The fact that his parents are divorced also suggest that there may be underlying issues of family conflict which should be explored and addressed by mental health professionals in order for him to get appropriate treatment.
Based on the laws in your state, would the client be eligible for involuntary commitment? Explain why or why not.
In most states, if an individual is deemed to have a mental illness which poses an imminent danger or serious harm to themselves or others then involuntary commitment can legally take place; however this particular case does not meet this criteria as there was no immediate danger nor harm posed by the adolescent so involuntary commitment likely wouldn’t take place under these circumstances.
Did understanding the state laws confirm or challenge your initial recommendation regarding involuntarily committing.