Commitment to a mental institution by itself does not, in all states, suspend civil rights. The court psychiatric unit is an early outpost of a preventive, coordinative venture which gives, at long last, practical humane expression to protection of and consideration for the civil rights of the mentally ill adult involuntary patient whose condition obstructs his capacity to demand such safeguards himself. Persons suffering from mental disorders are frequently too disabled to claim their civil rights themselves.
Eleanor A. Blackley, Judicial Intervention as a Psychiatric Therapy Tool, 15 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 506 (1966)