Order for Evaluation
Mental Illness - Alcohol- Drug Abuse

The Probate Court exercises jurisdiction over the examination and treatment of persons with mental illness. The Probate Judge may issue an Order commanding any peace officer to take such person into custody and deliver him/her to the nearest emergency receiving facility for examination. This Order is commonly referred to as an "Order to Apprehend," because it directs law enforcement to apprehend the person and take them for examination. The Order is directed to any peace officer and is delivered to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, where it is valid for seven (7) days after the date of issuance. The Court does not issue orders for persons currently incarcerated or in the hospital, as there are remedies available. An Order to Apprehend issued by the Probate Court is for an evaluation only. It is not a guarantee of treatment or admittance into any hospital or facility.

HOURS OF ACCEPTANCE:

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (excluding weekends, holidays and countywide furlough days). Please call 9-1-1 during non-business hours or in case of an emergency. If you have any further questions, please contact our office by telephone at (770) 288-7600 or in our office at 99 Sims Street.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Affidavits of at least two (2) witnesses
  2. Both affiants must have seen the person in the preceding 48 hours.
  3. Based upon observations contained in the affidavits, the affiants have reason to believe such person requires involuntary treatment because the person is:
    • a mentally ill person,
    • an alcoholic,
    • a drug dependent individual, OR
    • a drug abuser.
  4. The person must be a resident of Henry County or located in Henry County
  5. The person must be 17 years of age or older (jurisdiction for those 16 and younger is in Juvenile Court).