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Involuntary Treatment Process

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The purpose of this website is to help you better understand the treatment options for a person with a serious mental health disorder who is unable or unwilling to get help for themselves. Arizona law provides ways to obtain an involuntary mental health evaluation, involuntary treatment, and emergency hospitalization for a psychiatric evaluation. This website gives you the forms needed and explains the process involved.

Involuntary Treatment Process

Perhaps you know someone with a serious mental health disorder who is not willing or is not able to get the help they need. There is a legal process in which the court can order a mental health evaluation and treatment. Many people are involved in the process including the petitioner, medical professionals, legal professionals, family, and community members. While voluntary treatment is always preferred and the rights of the patient need to be protected, the ultimate goal is to provide the necessary medical help so the person can live a healthy life.

The information on this site is not intended as a substitute for legal advice.

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