Arizona, like every state, has its own civil commitment laws that establish criteria for determining when court-ordered treatment is appropriate for individuals with severe mental illness who are too ill to seek care voluntarily.
In Arizona, the court may order a patient to undergo inpatient (hospital) or outpatient (community) treatment if there is clear and convincing evidence that a proposed patient, as a result of mental disorder, is:
- a danger to self, or
- a danger to others, or
- persistently or acutely disabled, or
- gravely disabled and in need of treatment,
- and is either unwilling or unable to accept voluntary treatment.