Crisis Information

Below is the Kentucky’s Mental Inquest Warrant (MIW) Information (3/12/14). ( Download Info )

What to do in a Psychiatric Crisis in Kentucky

NAMI Kentucky is providing this information in hopes of assisting you to get the help you need when a family member or loved one is experiencing a psychiatric crisis and will not agree to seek treatment voluntarily.

What are the rules for involuntary hospitalization? (202A.026)

No person shall be involuntarily hospitalized unless such a person is a mentally ill person:
(1) Who presents a danger or threat to self, family or others as a result of a mental illness;
(2) Who can reasonably benefit from treatment; and
(3) For whom hospitalization is the least restrictive alternative mode of treatment presently available.

Doctor’s or other mental health professionals use this “criteria” to decide whether to hold an individual for a 72 hour hospital admission. Weekends and holidays are excluded from the 72 hour period.

If your family member or loved one is not cooperative you may want to seek a Mental Inquest Warrant (MIW) to have them evaluated by a mental health professional.

To learn more about the Kentucky Revised Statute concerning Mental Inquest Warrants (MIW) click here.

Is there anyone that can assist me to complete the Mental Inquest Warrant (MIW)?


Yes, assistance is available, free of charge. In all proceedings under this chapter, it shall be the duty of the county attorney to assist the petitioner and represent the interest of the Commonwealth and to assist the in its inquiry by the presentation of evidence.

See 202A.016 Duty of County Attorney


District Courts are responsible for handling involuntary mental commitments. They can direct you to your local office. Click above link for additional contact information. Additionally, if an MIW is entered, please ask that a CIT Officer be sent to the residence to execute the warrant. On a final note, you may want to consider discussing an Advance Directive for Mental Health Treatment with your family member or loved one. This can make a difficult time more manageable in the event of a future mental health crisis.

Protection & Advocacy explains what is involved in an Advanced Directive through the link below:
Advanced Directive for Mental Health Treatment 202A.430 Form of Advance Directive for Mental Health Treatment

DISCLAIMER: This information is provided as a service to the community and does not constitute legal advice. NAMI Kentucky makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in this document. If you have any questions relating to a mental health emergency you should consult with appropriate legal counsel. This information herein is for informational purposes only.