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Changes to the Minnesota commitment act

In 2005, Minnesota law was amended to permit advanced practice registered nurses ("APRNs") to serve as examiners and health officers under the Minnesota commitment act. Specifically, Minnesota Statute section 253B.02, subdivisions 7 and 9 and section 253B.05, subdivision 2. permits:

  • An advanced practice registered nurse certified in mental health to write an examiner's statement for emergency hold care and when filing a petition to the court in support of commitment and/or involuntary administration of medication.
  • Any APRN to order a 72-hour hold.

The law became effective August 1, 2005. Full text of the law may be obtained from the Revisor's website at: