Avoiding Civil Detention: Responding to Clients Who Violate Isolation Orders

Webinar Slides(PDF)

Issue Brief: Reducing Harm for People Using Drugs(PDF)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across the country, people experiencing homelessness are increasingly being placed in isolation and quarantine facilities for monitoring, treatment, and/or protection from likely infection.

For vulnerable people who are under a tremendous amount of stress and uncertainty, adhering to isolation requirements can be challenging, particularly for those with significant mental health and substance use issues.

This webinar will discuss how best to respond to clients who are having trouble adhering to isolation requirements and offer strategies for avoiding civil detention or involuntary commitment.


  • Rhonda Hauff, COO/Deputy CEO, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima, WA
  • Annette Rodriguez, Homeless Services Director, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima, WA
  • Sharon R. Higginbothan, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Bethlehem Haven, Pittsburgh, PA
  • John Strong, Shelter and RSS Supervisor, Bethlehem Haven, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Barbara DiPietro, Ph.D., Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Categories: Clinical Practice, Severe Mental Illness
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