Proceedings for Court-Ordered Mental Health Evaluation and Court-Ordered Mental Health Treatment

Judicial officers preside over proceedings for court-ordered mental health evaluation (“COE”) and court-ordered mental health treatment (“COT”) at Valleywise Behavioral Health Centers (Mesa, Phoenix, and Maryvale), Arizona State Hospital, and the downtown Phoenix court complex. These proceedings are governed by Chapter 5 of Title 36, Arizona Revised Statutes.

If you or someone you know is facing a behavioral health crisis, call 988 or the Central Arizona Crisis Line (serves Maricopa County), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 988, (602) 222-9444 or (800) 631-1314 (toll free) or (800) 327-9254 (TTY/TDD).

For a comprehensive list of local and national resources, or for information to help children and students, please visit the Maricopa County Public Health website.

Mental Health Department Locations

Mental Health Department Leadership

Hon. Dean M. Fink

Presiding Judge

Brian Bledsoe

Department Administrator

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