Mental Health Certification Review Hearings

McGeorge Hearing Officer Services provides experienced, licensed, trained attorneys to conduct mental health certification review hearings. Currently, we conduct certification review hearings in Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, and Placer Counties. Furthermore, our certification review hearing officers receive annual refresher trainings, which includes updates in the law and the practices and procedures established by the California Association of LPS Hearing Officers. Generally, our hearing officers conduct between 10 to 30 hearings per day, depending on travel between institutions; generally, each certification review hearing can take 15 to 30 minutes to conduct for a patient who contests the hold, and 10 to 20 minutes for a patient who does not.

The Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, codified in California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) section 5000 et seq., authorizes the involuntary civil commitment of specified persons to a mental health facility for mental health evaluation and treatment. Under WIC section 5250, after a 72-hour hold, a person may be certified for treatment for no more than 14 days of intensive treatment related to the mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism if there is probable cause to find that person to be a danger to self, danger to others, or gravely disabled. Under WIC section 5270, if after 14 days that person is still gravely disabled, the person may be certified for an additional 30 days.