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What is Casey's Law?

Casey's law in Commonwealth of Kentucky allows a parent, spouse or other concerned individual to have their child involuntarily committed to a drug rehabilitation center for treatment of heroin and other drug addictions.  The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention, (KRS (Kentucky Revised Statute) 222.430 - 222.437) became effective for the state of Kentucky on July 13, 2004. The steps for Casey's Law are as follows and found at and follow the link to Kentucky.

  • Step 1: Download a copy of the petition.  Click Here (PDF)
  • Step 2: This petition is filed with the circuit clerk (clerk issuing drivers'/operators' licenses) by a spouse, relative, friend, or guardian of the substance abuse impaired person. Click Here for a list of circuit clerks for each Kentucky county.
  • Step 3: The court reviews the allegations in the petition and examines the petitioner under oath.
  • Step 4: The court determines whether there is probable cause to order treatment for the respondent (the person named in the petition).
  • Step 5: If probable cause is established, the court orders the respondent to be evaluated, and a hearing is set within fourteen (14) days.
  • Step 6: The respondent is notified of the date and purpose of the hearing.
  • Step 7: The respondent is evaluated by two (2) qualified health professionals, at least one (1) of whom is a physician.
  • Step 8: If the court finds the respondent should undergo treatment, the court shall order treatment from sixty (60) days or up to three hundred sixty (360) days, dependent upon the request in the petition and the result of the hearing.
  • Step 9: The petitioner of Casey's Law is responsible for finding the treatment facility and how much to pay, if payment is needed at all.    Some facilities are no cost.

In Northern Kentucky many undergo treatment first through Droegge House for detoxification, then follow up for 6 months or more at Grateful Life Center.  This is a great program.  While often this seems like the most difficult thing a parent can do, it is also the only thing that may save your child from death or destruction from the addiction to methadone, heroin or other controlled substances. If you have questions or wish to speak to an attorney, contact Michael Bouldin at [email protected] or call 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) for an appointment.

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