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Title 25
Emergency Detention and Involuntary Hospitalization
of Persons with Mental Illness

Title 25 of the Wyoming State Statute provides the legal process by which a police officer or examiner may detain a person thought to be in danger to self or others or unable to meet basic needs as a result of a mental illness. The law includes information about emergency detentions, continued involuntary hospitalization, the role of the Wyoming State Hospital, costs for hospitalization, and other provisions.  

This page includes four sections:

Title 25 Law 

Documents and Publications


Civil Rights 

Title 25 Law

Documents and Publications

Click Here for a summary of what is contained in Title 25 Chapter 10.



Navigating Wyoming’s Emergency Detention Process:
Information for you and your family

This booklet summarizes the processes related to emergency detention as defined and described in Wyoming State Statute 25-10-109. The booklet is not intended to replace legal council. It is intended to provide consumers, family, and the community with a summary of the processes required by state law. 

Click Here to view “Navigating Wyoming’s Emergency Detention Process: Information for you and your family.” The document does not print well.  Please email to receive printed copies in booklet form.

Click Here to download the "Navigating Wyoming's Emergency Detention Process" in a pdf format that can be easily printed.


The current Title 25 statute is here:
The Emergency Detention and Involuntary Hospitalization statute is Title 25 Chapter 10.  

Financial Affidavit

Wyo. Stat. §25-10-112(d) describes the process for hospitals and other treatment providers to recover costs related to involuntary detention and involuntary hospitalization. Within that statute the hospital or other treatment provider shall have discharged its obligation to recover costs if it has obtained or made reasonable effort to obtain from the patient or the patient's legally designated representative an affidavit showing the patient is unable to pay and/or does not have a health coverage plan that will pay. Click here to view a sample financial affidavit. 



In 2009, the Wyoming Department of Health identified the need to review the Title 25 process and discover areas for strengthening the system to promote a stronger, more coordinated system of care for persons experiencing an acute psychiatric episode.  

Click here to view the final 2009 “Title 25: Stakeholder Recommendation Report





Civil Rights

Psychiatric Advanced Directives

Wyoming State Statute 35-22-301 through 35-22-308 defines the criteria for Psychiatric Advance Directives.  A Psychiatric Advance Directive allows people to make advance treatment decisions while they are stable and able to make treatment decisions which will guide their treatment should they become unstable. The focus of the law is on stabilization of the person and restoration to competence. 

Click Here for a form that may be used for this purpose.   

To learn more about Wyoming’s Psychiatric Advance Directives please also visit



Chris S. Stipulated Agreement


In 2002, the State of Wyoming entered into the Chris S. Stipulated Agreement to address adequate and appropriate facilities and services for persons within the state of Wyoming with mental illness. Click here to read the text of that agreement.

Click Here to find a Community Mental Health Center


The Mental Health Ombudsman can advocate for you or your family to help you access appropriate services, resolve problems, provide information, and other advocacy for no charge. 
To learn about the Mental Health Ombudsman
Click Here or call them at (888) 357-1942.

Olmstead v. L.C. Decision

Olmstead v. L.C. is a United States Supreme Court decision. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with mental health disabilities have the right to live in the community rather than in institutions. The Court found that unjustified isolation of a person with a disability is a form of discrimination under Title II of the ADA. You can find more about Olmstead via an internet search. Click here to find the Court decision.



Last updated 12/10/2015 jj

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