How long can the court-ordered treatment last?
An inpatient treatment order can remain in effect no longer than six months. An outpatient treatment order is only authorized up to twelve months. Of course, the court could order treatment for a shorter period. Any request to extend involuntary treatment beyond the period would have to be brought by a new petition.

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1. What if my family member or the person that I'm concerned about refuses treatment and is causing serious problems?
2. Is there any other way to have a person admitted involuntarily to a hospital on an emergency basis?
3. What happens next, after emergency admission to the hospital?
4. When does Probate Court have jurisdiction over this type of case?
5. What if the person has not yet reached the crisis stage and is not an immediate danger to herself or someone else?
6. What happens if the court rules that an evaluation is warranted?
7. How long can the court-ordered treatment last?
8. What is the procedure for appealing the judge's decision?