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36-535. Detention of proposed patient; time of hearing; released patient; intervention by department
A. If, on the filing of a petition for court-ordered treatment, the patient is not then detained in an agency, the court shall order the detention of the patient in the agency that conducted the evaluation if the court determines that the patient is likely to present a danger to self or others before the conclusion of the hearing or is not likely to appear at the hearing on the petition if not detained. The court shall issue such orders as are necessary to provide for the apprehension, transportation and detention of the proposed patient. The court shall appoint counsel for the proposed patient if one has not been previously appointed.
B. The court shall order the hearing to be held within six business days after the petition is filed, except that, on good cause shown, the court may continue the hearing at the request of either party. The hearing may be continued for a maximum of thirty days at the request of the proposed patient. The hearing may be continued for a maximum of three business days at the request of the petitioner. If the hearing is continued at the request of the petitioner and the proposed patient is involuntarily hospitalized, the proposed patient may request a hearing to determine whether the proposed patient should be involuntarily hospitalized during the continuation period.
C. If after reviewing the petition with its attached material and other evidence at hand the court finds that the patient is not, as a result of mental disorder, a danger to self or others or does not have a persistent or acute disability or a grave disability, the patient shall be released.
D. The department, acting on behalf of the state hospital, the administration or a regional behavioral health authority, may intervene as a party to the proceedings on any petition for court-ordered treatment and may appear as a party at the hearing on the petition by filing a written notice of intervention with the clerk of the superior court in the county in which the petition was filed, at any time before either the original time set for the hearing or the time to which the hearing is continued. The intervenor at the hearing may cross-examine any witnesses presented by other parties pursuant to section 36-539, may subpoena and present witnesses of its own, including physicians, and may present other evidence. The intervenor, on stipulation with all other parties or on order of the court, may cause physicians to personally conduct mental status examinations of the proposed patient and to testify as to their opinions concerning whether the proposed patient is, as a result of mental disorder, a danger to self or to others or has a persistent or acute disability or a grave disability and as to whether the proposed patient requires treatment. This subsection applies in addition to all rules of evidence, the Arizona rules of civil procedure and section 36-539.