This portal contains information regarding the rights of patients who are committed for psychiatric hospitalization, with a clear distinction between voluntary patients and involuntary patients.

There are two types of psychiatric hospitalization: full hospitalization or out-patient care. Full psychiatric hospitalization is the option chosen in cases of severe and persistent mental disorders, and there are two types of full psychiatric hospitalization:

  1. Voluntary hospitalization - Hospitalization with the consent of the patient. In voluntary hospitalization the patient signs on to be admitted in either a psychiatric hospital or a psychiatric ward in a hospital.
  2. Involuntary hospitalization - Hospitalization fulfilled according to The Treatment of the Mentally Ill Law against the patient's will following a medical examination by a district psychiatrist who has issued an order to institutionalize the patient in a psychiatric hospital.

The law also regulates issues relating to those involved in criminal proceedings (defendants, suspects and detainees) who require treatment or psychiatric examination during the course of the criminal proceedings, which enable sending them to undergo an examination, be hospitalized and/or undergo involuntary psychiatric treatment.

Hospitalization During Criminal Proceedings

Aid Organizations

  • For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support to people with disabilities, click here and scroll down to the "Mental Illness" section.

Government Agencies

Court Rulings

Laws and Regulations