What is a clinical certificate?

The clinical certificate certifies that the individual personally examined is mentally ill and a person requiring treatment.

Two clinical certificates of the person’s mental illness must be completed (unless the request is for assisted outpatient treatment AOT) and sent to the Court. 

The first certificate can be executed by any physician or licensed psychologist and is good for up to 72 hours prior to hospitalization. The second certificate must be completed by a psychiatrist within 24 hours of hospitalization.

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1. Do I have to be a relative to commit someone to the hospital?
2. What is a "person requiring treatment"?
3. How do I file a Petition?
4. Is there a filing fee?
5. What happens after the "pick-up order" is signed by a judge?
6. What happens if the pick-up order expires?
7. What happens after the person is picked up and brought to the hospital?
8. What is a clinical certificate?
9. How does the person find out about the Petition?
10. When is the hearing set?
11. What happens once the hearing is set?
12. What is a Deferral Conference?
13. What happens if the person is non-compliant during the Deferral period?
14. What does it mean if the person stipulates?
15. What happens at the hearing?
16. What does it mean if the Petition is granted?
17. What if the person does not comply with treatment?
18. What happens if the person will need treatment longer than the initial treatment period?