Almost every day, a family contacts my office with concerns about their loved ones’ mental health and has questions about New Jersey’s Civil Commitment process. When a family has a family member with a mental illness, it is not uncommon for the entire family to be at their wit’s end. In New Jersey, there are certain specific laws that deal with the voluntary and involuntary civil commitment process, but it is also really important to know that there are provisions in New Jersey’s Guardianship laws that can give a legal guardian the right to make mental health decisions for a person with a disability who is under Guardianship.
If you or someone you know is under Guardianship, but the hospital won’t let you be involved in your loved ones’ mental health treatment, please contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. and Nicole C. Tomlin, Esq. at Hanlon, Niemann and Wright at toll-free at (855) 376-5291 to learn how to get authority from a Judge to not just be involved in your loved ones’ decision-making, but to give the legal guardian the authority to make mental health decisions.