that might apply to individuals with
Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and similar disabilities
as of January 1, 2005
Source: ALIS Online http://www.azleg.state.az.us
36-501 (5) "Danger to others" means that the judgement of a person who has a mental disorder is so impaired that he is unable to understand his need for treatment and as a result of his mental disorder his continued behavior can reasonably be expected, on the basis of competent medical opinion, to result in serious physical harm.
(6) "Danger to self"
Behavior that, as a result of a mental disorder, constitutes a danger of
inflicting serious physical harm upon oneself, including attempted suicide or
the serious threat thereof, if the threat is such that, when considered in the
light of its context and in light of the individual's previous acts, it is
substantially supportive of an expectation that the threat will be carried out.
Behavior that, as a result of a mental disorder, will, without hospitalization,
result in serious physical harm or serious illness to the person, except that
this definition shall not include behavior that establishes only the condition
of gravely disabled.
(16) Gravely disabled" means a
condition evidenced by behavior in which a person, as a result of a mental
disorder, is likely to come to serious physical harm or serious illness because
he is unable to provide for his basic physical needs.
(26) "Mental disorder"
means a substantial disorder of the person's emotional processes, thought,
cognition or memory. Mental disorder is distinguished from:
Conditions that are primarily those of drug abuse, alcoholism or mental
retardation, unless, in addition to one or more of these conditions, the person
has a mental disorder.
The declining mental abilities that directly accompany impending death.
Character and personality disorders characterized by lifelong and deeply
ingrained antisocial behavior patterns, including sexual behaviors that are
abnormal and prohibited by statute unless the behavior results from a mental
(33) "Persistently or acutely
disabled" means a severe mental disorder that meets all the following
If not treated has a substantial probability of causing the person to suffer or
continue to suffer severe and abnormal mental, emotional or physical harm that
significantly impairs judgment, reason, behavior or capacity to recognize
Substantially impairs the person's capacity to make an informed decision
regarding treatment and this impairment causes the person to be incapable of
understanding and expressing an understanding of the advantages and
disadvantages of accepting treatment and understanding and expressing an
understanding of the alternatives to the particular treatment offered after the
advantages, disadvantages and alternatives are explained to that person.
Has a reasonable prospect of being treatable by outpatient, inpatient or
combined inpatient and outpatient treatment.
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