Human Services Department & Associates
Regional Mental Health Crisis Services Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week
There are four ways a person can be admitted to a hospital against his/her will (involuntarily):
Individuals who are detained will be informed of their rights under the law, including their right to an attorney, their right to remain silent, and their right to contact family members.
Process After Detention
Probable Cause hearing – Must be held within 72 hours from the time of detention before a judge or court commissioner to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to continue to detain the individual and to other further examine the individual. The Sheriff’s Department provides transportation of the individual to the hearing. If the court finds that probable cause exists, it will order the subject to be examined by two doctors (usually a psychiatrist and a psychologist). The court can also order the administration of psychotropic medications. If the court does not find probable cause, then the petition will be dismissed.
Examination – The court will appoint two doctors (as mentioned above) to examine the person being committed. The examiners will give their opinion as to whether the person being committed suffers from a mental illness, whether the person presents a substantial probability of harm to self or others, and whether the person is competent to refuse psychotropic medications. The doctors will then give a recommendation as to the placement.
Final Hearing – A final hearing is held and the judge will decide whether or not the person will be committed to the Iron County Department of Human Services for involuntary treatment. The final hearing will be held within 14 days of detention if a jury trial is not requested. At a final hearing, the county must prove that the person being committed is mentally ill; presents a substantial probability of harm to self or others; and is treatable. The person can be committed for a period of time in either an inpatient or outpatient facility.
Treatment – If committed, the person will be assigned a social worker with Iron County Human Services to work with on their treatment needs. Placement will be in the least restrictive setting depending on the person’s needs. If the person fails to follow the treatment plan or their condition were to decompensate, it may result in a change of placement to a more restrictive setting. Commitment will continue until the person’s treatment team and/or the court makes a determination that the person does not present a substantial probability of harm if treatment were withdrawn.