Mental Health


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September 14, 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MH 05-0022 . . . . . . . MH 2005-001290


Does the trial court have discretion under A.R.S. § 35-509(A)(3) to order that family members be notified when an person is about to be released from involuntary mental health treatment?

September 22, 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  MH 05-0007 . . . . . . . . .  MH2004-001987

Can telephonic testimony be permitted in a civil commitment proceeding?

November 23, 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  MH 04-007 SP . . . . . . . .  MH 2003-000009

Does A.R.S. section 36-3702(B)(9)(a) authorize obtaining a second opinion to support the filing of an SVP petition?

February 17, 2004  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . MH 03-0005 . . . . . . . . . .  MH 2003-000058

Does a physician with a "one-year training permit" qualify as a "licensed physician" for purposes 
of conducting or supervising a psychiatric evaluation in a civil commitment proceeding?

November 13, 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  MH 03-0006 . . . . . . . . . . . MH2003-000240


1.    Is the court obligated by A.R.S. § 36-535(B) to grant a request for a continuance in a
mental health case?
2.    Did the court abuse its discretion by denying a continuance?

October 14, 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  MH 02-0071SP . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .In Re Stephen H.

Did the trial court err in finding insufficient evidence supporting the requisite SVP findings?

June 5, 2003.............................................MH 02-0009...............................MH 2002-000767


Does A.R.S. [section] 36-501(11)(a), which requires that a psychiatric resident examining an
individual for the purposes of a petition for court-ordered, involuntary treatment must be
"supervised in the examination" mandate that the supervising psychiatrist be physically present
for the examination?

September 26, 2002  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MH 01-0010  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MH 2001-001139

1. Must an application for an evaluation accompany a petition for treatment under A.R.S. § 36-533(B)?

2. May nurses who provide general care to the patient during the time period that the patient is detained for evaluation qualify as acquaintance witnesses under A.R.S. § 36-539(B) if they have information outside the formal evaluation?

September 11, 2002   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MH 01-0008 SP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wilber W.

1. Is the Sexually Violent Persons Act, A.R.S. § 36-3701 et seq., constitutional in light of the United States Supreme Court case of Kansas v. Crane (2002)?

2. Does due process require a specific jury instruction explaining that the jury must find a person to have "serious difficulty in controlling behavior" in order to be a "sexually violent person?"

3. Should juries be instructed that "likely" in § 36-3701(7)(b) means  "highly probable?"

February 15, 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MH 00-0004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . In re Leon G.

1. Can a civil commitment order be subject to Anders-like procedures?

2. Is the Sexually Violent Persons Act constitutional?