Complete the following documents:
The applicant may be anyone 18 years of age or older. You do not need to be a relative to file a complaint on behalf of the respondent. You must disclose other legal cases involving you and the respondent.
The complaint must contain a detailed statement. This should include:
-Signs and symptoms of mental illness,
a description of any action, threats, or conduct, and
the time and place of each event.
-It should include the name and address of people who may have information about the allegations (e.g., spouse, parent, or guardian). Enter the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
– You must submit two certificates for your complaint. Each document should come from a physician who has worked with the respondent. This may include a doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a licensed social worker. At least one should go to a psychiatrist.
The petition can be filed with or without certificates. No hearing will be adjourned until two certificates are completed. The clinic must examine the respondent within 72 hours before completing the certificate.
Submit your forms
The application must be lodged in the district where the respondent resides. There will be money to invest. The clerk will then give you your court date.
Go to the hearing
Hearing of patient admission requests is set within 5 business days. Requests for medical treatment of your choice are set to be heard within 7 business days.
Defendant may request a trial. The judge will decide whether the defendant is subject to admission or hospitalization against his or her will. Judge trials are not allowed in cases of non-invasive treatment.
The mental health professional who examined the respondent must testify at the hearing. The respondent may waive this requirement.
Defendant may choose not to appear at the hearing. The respondent can also be tested by an expert of their choice.
The applicant must provide clear and convincing evidence before the judge can order the admission or treatment against the will of the respondent.
The judge decides
After hearing all the evidence, the judge granted or denied the application. The judge fulfills the order explaining what decision they made.
The judge may order the use of psychiatric medication or electroconvulsive therapy for up to 90 days. Or they can order admission within a hospital to a mental health facility for up to 90 days.
Any order can be extended for another 90 days. After that, 180-day periods can be added.
If a new application is filed with two certificates, the judge may enter a further 90 days of the medical commitment after hearing.