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.

The state of Arizona offers an application for emergency admission for evaluation, which is available online.  Also available online is the Arizona state petition for court-ordered treatment.


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