Arizona Revised Statutes - Title 36 Public Health and Safety - Section 36-521 Preparation of petition for courtordered evaluation; procedures for prepetition screening
36-521. Preparation of petition for court-ordered evaluation; procedures for prepetition screening
A. Upon receiving the application for evaluation, the screening agency shall, prior to filing a petition for court-ordered evaluation, provide prepetition screening within forty-eight hours excluding weekends and holidays when possible to determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe the allegations of the applicant for the court-ordered evaluation, whether the person will voluntarily receive evaluation at a scheduled time and place and whether he is persistently or acutely disabled, gravely disabled or likely to present a danger to self or others until the voluntary evaluation.
B. After prepetition screening has been completed, the screening agency shall prepare a report of opinions and conclusions. If prepetition screening is not possible, the screening agency shall prepare a report giving reasons why the screening was not possible and including opinions and conclusions of staff members who attempted to conduct prepetition screening or otherwise investigated the matter.
C. If the prepetition screening report indicates that there exists no reasonable cause to believe the allegations of the applicant for the court-ordered evaluation, it shall be reviewed by the medical director of the screening agency or his designee.
D. If, based upon the allegations of the applicant for the court-ordered evaluation and the prepetition screening report or other information obtained while attempting to conduct a prepetition screening, the agency determines that there is reasonable cause to believe that the proposed patient is, as a result of mental disorder, a danger to self or to others, is persistently or acutely disabled or is gravely disabled and that the proposed patient is unable or unwilling to voluntarily receive evaluation or is likely to present a danger to self or to others, is gravely disabled or will further deteriorate before receiving a voluntary evaluation, it shall prepare a petition for court-ordered evaluation and shall file the petition, which shall be signed by the person who prepared the petition unless the county attorney performs these functions. If the agency determines that there is reasonable cause to believe that the person is in such a condition that without immediate hospitalization he is likely to harm himself or others, it shall take all reasonable steps to procure such hospitalization on an emergency basis.
E. The agency may contact the county attorney in order to obtain his assistance in preparing the petition for court-ordered evaluation, and the agency may request the advice and judgment of the county attorney in reaching a decision as to whether the court-ordered evaluation is justified.
F. The county attorney may prepare or sign or file the petition if a court has ordered the county attorney to prepare the petition.
G. If a petition for court-ordered evaluation alleges danger to others as described in section 36-501, the screening agency shall, prior to filing such petition, contact the county attorney for a review of the petition. The county attorney shall examine the petition and make one of the following written recommendations:
1. That a criminal investigation is warranted.
2. That the screening agency shall file the petition.
3. That no further proceedings are warranted. The screening agency shall consider such recommendation in determining whether a court-ordered evaluation is justified and shall include such recommendation with the petition if it decides to file the petition with the court.
H. The petition shall be made in the form and manner prescribed by the deputy director.Sections: Previous 36-517 36-517.01 36-517.02 36-518 36-518.01 36-519 36-520 36-521 36-522 36-523 36-524 36-525 36-526 36-527 36-528 Next
Last modified: February 20, 2012