A psychiatric nurse placed me under an "M1 hold" (Colorado-specific term fo 72-hour psychiatric hold) last year. After I spent the night in the hospital, the hospitalist subsequently released me from civil commitment.

The TSA Website states persons who have been involuntarily committed are ineligible for Precheck, (https://www.tsa.gov/disqualifying-offenses-factors) but I'm not sure if the TSA counts 72-hour holds as involuntary commitment. A Reddit user on a thread about gun purchases states:

A 72 hour hold, Baker Act, 5150, etc typically is not considered an "involuntary commitment" or "adjudicated mentally incompetent"...a judge has to rule you mentally incompetent for trial, or during your psych hold the psych facility went before the court and got and got a court order to hold you longer than 72 hours. If that hasn't happened, you should be able to answer "No" to [question 11F on a 4473 form]

(Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/comments/8x0evu/have_i_been_involuntarily_committed_to_a_mental/)

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    You might want to ask in the legal SE (it's really a different question- "is a 72-hour hold an involuntary commitment" under federal law?"). Seems not very clear. Nevada, for example, distinguishes between 72 hr max 'emergency' admissions and 'court-ordered involuntary commitments'. Anecdotally one person said they had such a hold (presumably disclosed it, though it was not 100% clear) and received Precheck status. Nov 24, 2022 at 0:15
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    @SpehroPefhany visas are often a question of law, yet I see them on here frequently. so i think the question would fit on either SE site
    – moonman239
    Nov 24, 2022 at 1:29


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