What happens at the hearing?

The petitioner must be present at the hearing. The person who is alleged to be in need of treatment also has a right to be present at the hearing unless waived, and the attorney appointed for the person is present. 

A physician or psychologist who has personally examined the person must testify at the hearing.  Assisted Outpatient Treatment only petitions require either the testimony or deposition of an evaluating doctor/psychologist and psychiatrist OR a clinical certificate from a psychiatrist plus the testimony or deposition of an evaluating doctor/psychologist.

The judge will listen to the testimony and make a decision whether or not to order mental illness hospitalization and/or outpatient treatment for the person.

After hearing testimony, the Judge may dismiss the case or grant the Petition.  

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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?