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Mental health crisis confinement procedure to be discussed

March 31, 2011 |

NAMI-Yolo announces its next monthly potluck dinner meeting, addressing “Moments of Crisis: the 5150 Procedure for People with Serious Mental Disorders,” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting will be in Woodland at Destiny Hall, 124 Lincoln Ave.

The California Welfare and Institutions Code (through the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act) contains Section 5150, which allows for involuntary confinement of a person determined to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to himself or to others. A qualified officer — who can include a police officer, paramedic or designated county clinician — can request the confinement after signing a written declaration.

The speaker, Dennis Dolan, works with the Mobile Crisis Team, a program of Suicide Prevention of Yolo County, in such a role as designated county clinician. Previously, Dolan served as crisis supervisor for Yolo County Mental Health, and as clinical supervisor for both the Sacramento Conditional Release Program as well as the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic Drug Rehab Program in San Francisco. He is in private practice in Davis, serving teens and adults. He has also been a marriage and family therapist for more than 30 years.

The talk will describe what a “5150” is, how a person in crisis or their family can utilize the 5150 procedure most effectively, and what specifically happens when a 5150 procedure is initiated in Yolo County. In addition, Dolan will present some ideas regarding suicide prevention, highlighting actions patients and families can take to recognize, prevent and plan for severe crises.

The creation of a “Ulysses Pact” will be discussed as a means to prevent crises from spinning out of control. Attendees will be given the opportunity to create a practice “Ulysses Pact” suitable to their own circumstances.

Mental health consumers, family members and concerned citizens are all welcome. Participation is free. The potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker follows at 7:30. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share if they can, but all are welcome even if they can’t.  Those with last names beginning with A-H should bring a dessert, I-P a main dish and Q-Z a salad.

NAMI-Yolo, a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness, provides advocacy and support for people living with mental illness, and education and awareness of mental health issues for all people. For more information, call (530) 756-8181 or visit



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