admission of a person into a mental facility or other inpatient unit at their own request, in the absence of force. The stay can terminate whenever the person chooses, unlike involuntary admissions, the persistence of which is ascertained by a court or the medical facility. Commonly referred to as voluntary hospitalization.

VOLUNTARY ADMISSION: "In order to treat her depression, Shanna decided to enter a mental hospital by voluntary admission. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "VOLUNTARY ADMISSION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/voluntary-admission/ (accessed September 23, 2021).