What is a Temporary Detention Order?


A TDO is­ a legal document requiring an individual to receive immediate hospitalization for further evaluation and stabilization, on an involuntary basis, until a commitment hearing can be arranged to determine their future treatment needs. A magistrate could issue a TDO if an individual will not voluntarily seek treatment but seems to require immediate help. The individual will then remain hospitalized until a commitment hearing occurs. In most cases, that hearing must take place within 72 hours.

Family or friends should be aware, that for safety reasons and according to their policy, law enforcement personnel will handcuff the individual during transport or at any point during the ECO or TDO process where this is necessary.

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