Basic Needs Commitment Law and Legal Definition

A person is subject to a basic needs commitment if clear and convincing evidence demonstrates that, due to a mental disorder, there is a likelihood that the person probably would not survive in the near future because the person is unable to provide for basic personal needs and is not receiving care necessary for health or safety.

The following is a case law on basic needs commitment:

The legislature's 'basic needs' commitment standard focuses on the capacity of the individual to survive, either through his own resources or with the help of family or friends. [State v. Strasburger (In re Strasburger), 138 Ore. App. 409, 416 (Or. Ct. App. 1996)].