If you are concerned for your safety, your spouse/child’s safety or the safety of those living in your household due to your spouse’s/child’s substance abuse, please contact your local police immediately.
If your spouse/child meets certain criteria, you may file petitions under the Marchman Act. The Marchman Act is a two-step process. The first step is to file a Petition for Assessment and Stabilization in which the court determines whether your spouse/child should be subject to an order requiring him or her to receive an involuntarily substance abuse assessment.
The second step is to file a Petition for Treatment in which the court determines whether your spouse/ child should be subject to an order requiring him or her to receive involuntary substance abuse treatment for up to 60 days.