Welfare & Institutions Code §5200 allows anyone to request that the Court require a person to have a psychiatric evaluation
if the person is believed to have a mental disorder and is currently either an imminent danger to self, an imminent danger to others, or gravely disabled.
The person must refuse to accept treatment voluntarily.
A written referral can be completed on this site or The Public Conservator's Office duty worker can be contacted at 858-694-3500, x 2 to screen the referral.
Mental health clinical staff will review the information and determine if criteria is met to proceed with the evaluation.
If proceeding, a thorough investigation is completed by the Public Conservator's staff including an evaluation of the person of concern in order to
verify the allegations in the statement as well as to refer for voluntary treatment. If there is probable cause in the allegations and voluntary treatment is refused,
then a recommendation is made to the Court to issue an order requiring the person to appear for an evaluation. If the person does not appear, an order is initiated
for the Sheriff to transport the individual to San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital , 3853 Rosecrans Avenue, San Diego, California 92110 for a psychiatric evaluation.
If the person does not appear, he or she will be brought by the Sheriff's Department to the hospital for an involuntary evaluation by a psychiatrist.
There is no guarantee as to what the outcome of the hospital evaluation will be.
Anyone with first hand recent knowledge can complete the referral form if he or she has a current first-hand account of the person's mental health symptoms,
can provide facts about the person's dangerous behavior or inability to provide for or utilize food, clothing, or shelter, and that the person has been asked
to seek a mental health evaluation or treatment and has refused. The referrer has to be willing to sign a statement or "petition" under penalty of perjury.
The Court-ordered psychiatric evaluation is not a substitute for emergency care and may take seven to fourteen days to complete.
If there is a mental health emergency, call 911 or the local police or sheriff. Ask if they have a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT).