N.Y. Public Health Law Section 2120
Communicable diseases

  • control of dangerous and careless patients
  • commitment


Whenever a complaint is made by a physician to a health officer that any person is afflicted with a communicable disease or is a carrier of typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria or other communicable disease and is unable or unwilling to conduct himself and to live in such a manner as not to expose members of his family or household or other persons with whom he may be associated to danger of infection, the health officer shall forthwith investigate the circumstances alleged.


If the health officer finds after investigation that a person so afflicted is a menace to others, he shall make and file a complaint against such person with a magistrate, and on such complaint the said person shall be brought before such magistrate.


The magistrate after due notice and a hearing, if satisfied that the complaint of the health officer is well founded and that the afflicted person is a source of danger to others, may commit the said person to any hospital or institution established for the care of persons suffering from any such communicable disease or maintaining a room, ward or wards for such persons.


In making such commitment the magistrate shall make such order for payment for the care and maintenance of the person committed as he may deem proper.


A person who is committed pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be deemed to be committed until discharged in the manner authorized by section two thousand one hundred twenty-three of this chapter.

Source: Section 2120 — Communicable diseases; control of dangerous and careless patients; commitment, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBH/2120 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Mar. 2, 2024).

Mar. 2, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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