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Civil Commitment

When a person is a danger to themselves or others and will not seek help, they may need to be committed. This page provides information about the process and what to expect.

Accessing our services

Our lobby is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our office is considered a health care facility and visitors are required to wear a mask. Community members are urged to continue accessing county services through telephone, email or webpages. Documents may be placed in the drop box or mailed to 5240 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, Suite 150, MS 70, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Please email us through the Mental Health Services webpage or call 503-846-4528 for assistance.

Sometimes a person may be treated for a mental illness against their will. To qualify the person must:

  • Have a mental illness 
  • Be in immediate danger of harm to their self or others, or unable to care for their basic needs 
  • Be refusing treatment 

Only a judge can commit a person through a court hearing process.

The role of the county is to gather information when a person is placed on a mental health hold. This is to see if that individual meets criteria for a commitment hearing. Staff will talk with the person placed on a hold. They will also talk to treatment providers, family members and others who have may have helpful information. This information is used to determine if a commitment hearing can be held. 

If it appears that a person may meet criteria for commitment, a hearing will be scheduled. Not all individuals brought to a hearing are committed. The judge will make the final decision.

For more information on civil commitment, please call 503-846-3653. This is a non-emergency number.


If there is an immediate threat, call 9-1-1. For urgent situations, contact the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111.