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§ 20-47-207 - Involuntary admission -- Original petition.

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20-47-207.Involuntary admission -- Original petition.(a)Written Petition -- Venue.Any person having reason to believe that a person meets the criteriafor involuntary admission as defined in subsection (c) of this sectionmay file a verified petition with the probate clerk of the county inwhich the person alleged to have mental illness resides or is detained.(b)Contents of Petition. The petition for involuntary admission shall:(1)Statewhether the person is believed to be of danger to himself or herself orothers as defined in subsection (c) of this section;(2)Describethe conduct, clinical signs, and symptoms upon which the petition isbased. The description shall be limited to facts within the petitioner'spersonal knowledge;(3)Contain the names and addresses of any witnesses having knowledge relevant to the allegations contained in the petition; and(4)Containa specific prayer for involuntary admission of the person to a hospitalor to a receiving facility or program for treatment pursuant to 20-47-218(c).(c)Involuntary Admission Criteria.A person shall be eligible for involuntary admission if he or she is insuch a mental condition as a result of mental illness, disease, ordisorder that he or she poses a clear and present danger to himself orherself or others:(1)As used in this subsection, "a clear and present danger to himself or herself" is established by demonstrating that:(A)Theperson has inflicted serious bodily injury on himself or herself or hasattempted suicide or serious self-injury, and there is a reasonableprobability that the conduct will be repeated if admission is notordered;(B)The person hasthreatened to inflict serious bodily injury on himself or herself, andthere is a reasonable probability that the conduct will occur ifadmission is not ordered;(C)Theperson's recent behavior or behavior history demonstrates that he orshe so lacks the capacity to care for his or her own welfare that thereis a reasonable probability of death, serious bodily injury, or seriousphysical or mental debilitation if admission is not ordered; or(D)(i)Theperson's understanding of the need for treatment is impaired to thepoint that he or she is unlikely to participate in treatmentvoluntarily;(ii)Theperson needs mental health treatment on a continuing basis to prevent arelapse or harmful deterioration of his or her condition; and(iii)Theperson's noncompliance with treatment has been a factor in theindividual's placement in a psychiatric hospital, prison, or jail atleast two (2) times within the last forty-eight (48) months or has been afactor in the individual's committing one (1) or more acts, attempts,or threats of serious violent behavior within the last forty-eight (48)months; and(2)As used in thissubsection, "a clear and present danger to others" is established bydemonstrating that the person has inflicted, attempted to inflict, orthreatened to inflict serious bodily harm on another, and there is areasonable probability that the conduct will occur if admission is notordered.
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  • 20-47-207. Involuntary admission -- Original petition.

    (a) Written Petition -- Venue. Any person having reason to believe that a person meets the criteria for involuntary admission as defined in subsection (c) of this section may file a verified petition with the probate clerk of the county in which the person alleged to have mental illness resides or is detained.

    (b) Contents of Petition. The petition for involuntary admission shall:

    (1) State whether the person is believed to be of danger to himself or herself or others as defined in subsection (c) of this section;

    (2) Describe the conduct, clinical signs, and symptoms upon which the petition is based. The description shall be limited to facts within the petitioner's personal knowledge;

    (3) Contain the names and addresses of any witnesses having knowledge relevant to the allegations contained in the petition; and

    (4) Contain a specific prayer for involuntary admission of the person to a hospital or to a receiving facility or program for treatment pursuant to 20-47-218(c).

    (c) Involuntary Admission Criteria. A person shall be eligible for involuntary admission if he or she is in such a mental condition as a result of mental illness, disease, or disorder that he or she poses a clear and present danger to himself or herself or others:

    (1) As used in this subsection, "a clear and present danger to himself or herself" is established by demonstrating that:

    (A) The person has inflicted serious bodily injury on himself or herself or has attempted suicide or serious self-injury, and there is a reasonable probability that the conduct will be repeated if admission is not ordered;

    (B) The person has threatened to inflict serious bodily injury on himself or herself, and there is a reasonable probability that the conduct will occur if admission is not ordered;

    (C) The person's recent behavior or behavior history demonstrates that he or she so lacks the capacity to care for his or her own welfare that there is a reasonable probability of death, serious bodily injury, or serious physical or mental debilitation if admission is not ordered; or

    (D) (i) The person's understanding of the need for treatment is impaired to the point that he or she is unlikely to participate in treatment voluntarily;

    (ii) The person needs mental health treatment on a continuing basis to prevent a relapse or harmful deterioration of his or her condition; and

    (iii) The person's noncompliance with treatment has been a factor in the individual's placement in a psychiatric hospital, prison, or jail at least two (2) times within the last forty-eight (48) months or has been a factor in the individual's committing one (1) or more acts, attempts, or threats of serious violent behavior within the last forty-eight (48) months; and

    (2) As used in this subsection, "a clear and present danger to others" is established by demonstrating that the person has inflicted, attempted to inflict, or threatened to inflict serious bodily harm on another, and there is a reasonable probability that the conduct will occur if admission is not ordered.

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