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Change in defination of self-harm and grave disability starts July 1

Posted over 4 years ago by Gretchen Armbruster

Danger to Self & Others/Grave Disability CRS 27-65-102

New Title 27, Article 65

On May 16, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law HB13-1296, creating the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force under C.R.S. §27-60-102.   Pursuant to C.R.S. §27-60-102 (3), the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force studied the definition of "danger to self or others" as set forth in section C.R.S. §27-65-102 (4.5) and, considering the civil liberties and public safety concerns of that definition, ratified the definition by a majority vote.

Additionally, the Civil Commitment  Statute Review Task Force informally considered the definition and application of the term "imminent" in C.R.S. § 27-65-105.  The plain language meaning of "imminent" should be applied, and can be found here.  In section 105, the term "imminent" applies to the proximity in time of the dangerousness.  More specifically, the term "imminent" applies to a determination of whether the danger to others or himself or herself is current; it does not apply to how soon in time a specific dangerous act may be undertaken.   Definition of "danger to self or others":

"With respect to other persons, that the individual poses a substantial risk of physical harm to another person or persons, as manifested by evidence of recent homicidal or other violent behavior by the person in question, or by evidence that others are placed in reasonable fear of violent behavior and serious physical harm to them, as evidenced by a recent overt act, attempt, or threat to do serious physical harm by the person in question."

New Definition of Grave Disability, goes into effect on July 1, 2014

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