Survey on experiences in Massachusetts civil commitment trials
Courts in Massachusetts routinely hold trials to commit people to psychiatric hospitals in the hospitals themselves, instead of a courtroom like nearly every other type of proceeding. This is hardly neutral; it's similar to holding a criminal trial in a jail or prison. Still, it's not only allowed here, but explicitly encouraged in state guidelines.
The Massachusetts public defender service, the Committee for Public Counsel services, is planning to challenge this practice in court. They're looking to collect between 50 and 100 responses to a survey about people's experiences in the civil commitment process. If you've been involuntarily committed in Massachusetts, know someone who has, or know organizations who could give this a signal boost, please take the survey or pass it along. You can find the survey here.
Thanks in advance for your help!