What is an Emergency Custody Order?


An ECO allows police to take an individual into custody and transport them to be evaluated by a qualified mental health provider. An Emergency Services therapist will request an ECO if an individual is at risk of harm but refuses to seek help voluntarily. The ECO could last for up to 8 hours while a qualified mental health professional will evaluate the individual and determine if hospitalization is necessary. If hospitalization is necessary, the ECO also allows therapists time to find an available bed.

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