June 25, 2019
California’s only hospital courtroom
COLTON – (INT) - There’s a courtroom inside Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

But don’t try to pay a traffic ticket or show up for jury duty there because this unique courtroom only hears specific types of cases.

This court exclusively handles cases related to the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act and some probate hearings that can give doctors the right to treat patients who lack the mental capacity to make their own health care decisions.

The Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) governs involuntary commitments of patients suffering from severe mental illness in California.

The facility is located in ARMC’s Behavioral Heath Unit, and it is the only courtroom in California actually located in a hospital.

There are only six designated hospitals in San Bernardino County that are staffed and equipped to provide involuntary mental health services: ARMC, San Bernardino Community, Redlands Community, Loma Linda Behavioral Medical Center, Canyon Ridge, and the Jerry L Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital.

After the 72 hours is up, doctors must seek a judge’s approval to hold patients without their consent for an additional 14 days of treatment.
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