Emergency Commitments - Detention Orders
If you have a family member or friend that you believe requires immediate treatment for either a mental illness or chemical dependency, you must go to The Kershaw County Mental Health Clinic and request an Emergency Commitment, also known as Detention Order. The requirements for a Detention Order are as follows:
- The individual must pose an immediate threat to self or to others.
- If threats were made, they must have been witnessed by the petitioner within 24 hours of the Detention Order.
- The petitioner must know where the individual is located. (They will assist law enforcement in locating and detaining the individual)
- It is helpful to know if the individual has a history of mental illness and/or chemical dependency.
- It is helpful to know if the individual is currently taking any medication(s).
- It is helpful to know whether the individual is having any self-care neglect issues, such as not sleeping, not eating, or neglecting hygiene, that suggests the possibility of harm to oneself.
Based upon the information provided to the Mental Health Professional, the Detention Order may or may not be forwarded to The Probate Court for approval.
If approved, The Probate Court will issue a Detention Order and law enforcement will be dispatched to locate and detain the individual. The individual will be transported to the emergency room for examination. If, in the opinion of the mental health professionals, the individual meets the requirements for an emergency commitment, then the individual will be admitted to an appropriate treatment facility. The Probate Court will schedule a hearing within 15 calendar days of admission.
Non-Emergency Commitments – Judicial Orders
If you have a family member or friend that you believe requires non-emergency treatment for either a mental illness or chemical dependency, you must go to The Kershaw County Mental Health Clinic and request a Petition for Judicial Admissions. The steps for Judicial Admissions are as follows:
- The Kershaw County Mental Health Clinic will send the Judicial Petition to The Probate Court.
- The Court will schedule an examination for the individual with the alleged mental illness or chemical dependency.
- You will receive notice from the Court of the place, date and time of the scheduled examination and as the petitioner, you are required to attend the examination to offer information that will be considered by the examiners. The individual will also receive the notice for examination by both mail and personal service.
- After the examination, if the individual is found to be mentally ill or a chemically dependent person in need of treatment, a hearing will be held by The Probate Judge. Notice of the hearing will be provided to both the petitioner and the mentally ill/chemically dependent person.
Non-Emergency Examinations are scheduled in the order in which the Petitions are received by the Court. Therefore, please allow adequate time for the Petition to be processed, before contacting the Court. Once a Petition has been filed by the Court, it is unable to be cancelled.
The Kershaw County Mental Health Center Contact Information
2611 Liberty Hill Road
Camden, SC 29020