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36-520. Application for evaluation; definition
A. Any responsible individual may apply for a court-ordered evaluation of a person who is alleged to be, as a result of a mental disorder, a danger to self or to others or a person with a persistent or acute disability or a grave disability and who is unwilling or unable to undergo a voluntary evaluation. The application shall be made in the prescribed form and manner as adopted by the director.
B. The application for evaluation shall include the following data:
1. The name, and address if known, of the proposed patient for whom evaluation is applied.
2. The age, date of birth, sex, race, marital status, occupation, social security number, present location, dates and places of previous hospitalizations, names and addresses of the guardian, spouse, next of kin and significant other persons and other data that the director may require on the form to whatever extent that this data is known and is applicable to the proposed patient.
3. The name, address and relationship of the person who is applying for the evaluation.
4. A statement that the proposed patient is believed to be, as a result of a mental disorder, a danger to self or to others or a patient with a persistent or acute disability or a grave disability and the facts on which this statement is based.
5. A statement that the applicant believes the proposed patient is in need of supervision, care and treatment and the facts on which this statement is based.
C. The application shall be signed and notarized.
D. The screening agency shall offer assistance to the applicant in preparation of the application. On receipt of the application, the screening agency shall act as prescribed in section 36-521 within forty-eight hours of the filing of the application excluding weekends and holidays. If the application is not acted upon within forty-eight hours, the reasons for not acting promptly shall be reviewed by the director of the screening agency or the director's designee.
E. If the applicant for the court-ordered evaluation presents the person to be evaluated at the screening agency, the agency shall conduct a prepetition screening examination. Except in the case of an emergency evaluation, the person to be evaluated shall not be detained or forced to undergo prepetition screening against the person's will.
F. If the applicant for the court-ordered evaluation does not present the person to be evaluated at the screening agency, the agency shall conduct the prepetition screening at the home of the person to be evaluated or any other place the person to be evaluated is found. If prepetition screening is not possible, the screening agency shall proceed as in section 36-521, subsection B.
G. If a person is being treated by prayer or spiritual means alone in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination by a duly accredited practitioner of that church or denomination, such person may not be ordered evaluated, detained or involuntarily treated unless the court has determined that the person is, as a result of mental disorder, a danger to others or to self.
H. Court-ordered evaluation or treatment pursuant to this chapter does not operate to change the legal residence of a patient.
I. If the application is not acted on because it has been determined that the proposed patient does not need an evaluation, the agency after a period of six months shall destroy the application and any other evidence of the application.
J. For the purposes of this section, "person" includes a person who:
1. Is under eighteen years of age.
2. Has been transferred to the criminal division of the superior court pursuant to section 8-327 or who has been charged with an offense pursuant to section 13-501.
3. Is under the supervision of an adult probation department.