• INVOLUNTARY HOSPITALIZATION

  • Involuntary hospitalization proceedings include the hospitalization of adults diagnosed with a mental illness. Initially, evaluation and treatment will occur locally but if further treatment is needed the individual may be transferred to Eastern State Hospital located in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • There is no filing fee.
  • This process begins at THE KENTON COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE 303 Court Street 3rd Floor Covington, KY 41011. Phone: 859-491-0600.

Information requested to complete an Involuntary Hospitalization petition:

  • Respondent’s (person in need of treatment) name and complete address, social security number, date of birth, and name of two qualified health care professionals for evaluation of respondent.

Confidentiality:

All involuntary hospitalization proceedings and records are confidential. They are open to the respondent, the county attorney when assisting the petitioner, and the Commonwealth.  A court order is required for other individuals seeking access to the case file.

***Reminder – Our office is prohibited from providing legal advice. You may contact the Northern Kentucky Bar Association (Lawyer Referral Service) @ (859781-1525 or Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (Civil Legal Assistance) @ (859) 431-8200, or contact a private attorney for further information.