Casey’s law is the common name given to involuntary treatment of persons suffering from alcohol and drug abuse in Kentucky. Casey’s Law provides a means of intervention with someone who is unable to recognize his or her needs for treatment due to their addiction. Casey’s Law allows parents, relatives, and/or friends to petition the court (called a “petitioner”) for treatment on behalf of the person who is abusing alcohol and/or drugs (called a “respondent”). The treatment options available under the law can vary depending on circumstances of each individual case. The person seeking the involuntary treatment is obligated to pay all costs incurred in the process as well as all cost of treatment and must sign a guaranty of payment before the case begins
. Costs incurred can be extensive, something the person seeking involuntary treatment should be aware of before signing the guaranty of payment. Once the process begins, the petitioner cannot change their mind and the process cannot be stopped without a court order.
Under Casey’s law, a person suffering from drug or alcohol abuse will be ordered to undergo involuntary treatment if the Court finds:
- The respondent suffers from alcohol or drug abuse;
- The respondent presents an imminent threat of danger to self, family or others as a result of alcohol or drug abuse, or there exists a substantial likelihood of such a threat of danger in the near future; and
- The respondent can reasonably benefit from treatment.
It is important to know that it can take up to two weeks to get the respondent into treatment.
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