A bill that would change the way the state handles those who may need to be hospitalized due to mental illness was defeated by the Wyoming Senate.
Right now, a Judge needs to rule on involuntary commitment within 72 hours of a person being detained. The bill allowed a medical professional to require someone to be hospitalized and receive treatment immediately. A court hearing would later determine if someone should be held longer.
Senator Larry Hicks told the Senate that approach violates due process.
The State Senate has given initial approval to a change in the way Wyoming handles involuntary hospitalization of those needing mental health treatment. The bill removes the requirement that a judge must review the involuntary commitment within 72 hours of it taking place.