NAMI Bucks County Forum
NAMI Bucks holds a forum on the third Thursday of the following months: September, November, February, April and June. Each forum will feature a speaker on various topics that are of interest to our members. These forums are free of charge and do not require registration and are open to the general public as well as our members. You do not have to be a member of NAMI of Bucks County to attend. The forums begin at 7:00 P.M. and generally runs until 8:30 P.M. The forums are held at the old Warminster Hospital, now called Abington Memorial Health Center, Warminster Campus at 225 Newtown Rd., Warminster, PA 18974. For more information please call 1-866-399-NAMI (6264) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. See our Events Calendar for more events.
Upcoming Speakers for 2018
Wendy Flanagan MH/DP
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM
What is a 302 and what are the grounds for a 302 commitment?
Bucks County Individual and Family Recovery/Resiliency Handbook
A 302 is an involuntary commitment to a Mental Health facility for treatment. A 302 requires a statement (petition) from an individual who has first hand knowledge of an individual’s at risk behavior. The petition must describe one or more of the four behaviors. There are three types of petitions. A layperson who has first hand knowledge of at risk behavior, a police petition or a two doctor petition. If a person is in crisis and is not able to agree to go to the hospital voluntarily and he/she poses a risk to his/herself or someone else, a 302 petition is may be filed with a local crisis center. The petition is reviewed and evaluated pending approval for inpatient care to stabilize symptoms, causing at risk behaviors. If the petition meets criteria and the petition approved, a warrant time will be issued by the County delegate to have the local police department and/or ambulance transport to the nearest hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. It is up to the evaluating doctor to uphold the petition based on his/her examination. If the evaluating doctor upholds the petition, the person is admitted to an inpatient MH unit in order to stabilize symptoms and decrease at risk behaviors. The MH laws require that a person is treated in the least restrictive environment. Once a person does not show at risk behavior, it will be up to the attending psychiatrist to either allow the person to sign a 201 (voluntary) and remain in the hospital for treatment, or discharge the individual.
Please join us on June 21st at 7pm to hear Wendy Flanigan speak more about the process. All are welcome.
Abington Memorial Health Center, Warminster Campus (Formerly Warminster Hospital) Main Conference Room (Ground Floor) 225 Newtown Rd., Warminster, PA 18974 Call 1-866-399-NAMI (6264) or e-mail email@example.com for further information.