Petition: Filing; certificate or statement of alleged mental illness; statement of parent consenting to treatment of minor.
1. A proceeding for an involuntary court-ordered admission of any person in the State of Nevada may be commenced by the filing of a petition with the clerk of the district court of the county where the person who is to be treated resides. The petition may be filed by the spouse, parent, adult children or legal guardian of the person to be treated or by any physician, psychologist, social worker or registered nurse, by an accredited agent of the Department or by any officer authorized to make arrests in the State of Nevada. The petition must be accompanied:
(a) By a certificate of a physician, psychiatrist or licensed psychologist stating that he has examined the person alleged to be mentally ill and has concluded that the person is a mentally ill person and, because of that illness is likely to harm himself or others if allowed his liberty; or
(b) By a sworn written statement by the petitioner that:
(1) The petitioner has, based upon his personal observation of the person alleged to be mentally ill, probable cause to believe that the person is a mentally ill person and, because of that illness is likely to harm himself or others if allowed his liberty; and
(2) The person alleged to be mentally ill has refused to submit to examination or treatment by a physician, psychiatrist or licensed psychologist.
2. If the person to be treated is a minor and the petitioner is a person other than a parent or guardian of the minor, the petition must, in addition to the certificate or statement required by subsection 1, include a statement signed by a parent or guardian of the minor that the parent or guardian does not object to the filing of the petition.
Last modified: February 27, 2006