Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-20-02
Persons Subject to Involuntary or Voluntary Admission Non-Arrestees
Issue Date:06 May 2004Effective Date:07 May 2004
Rescinds:S04-06-02
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes the procedures for the involuntary or voluntary admission of a person not originally in Department custody to a designated mental health intake facility as outlined in the Department directive entitled "Approved Medical Facilities."
  • B.states the Emergency Admission by Certification provision of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code (405 ILCS 5).
II.References Concerning Adults Subject to Involuntary Admissions
  • A.Emergency Admission by Certification - 405 ILCS 5/3-600
  • B.Persons Subject to Involuntary Admission - 405 ILCS 5/1-119
  • C.Involuntary Admission; Petition - 405 ILCS 5/3-601
  • D.A peace officer may take a person into custody and transport him or her to a mental health facility when the peace officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is subject to involuntary admission and in need of immediate hospitalization to protect such person or others from physical harm. Upon arrival at the facility, the peace officer may complete the petition under Section 3-601. If the petition is not completed by the peace officer transporting the person, the transporting officers name, badge number, and employer shall be included in the petition as a potential witness as provided in Section 3-601 of this chapter.
III.References Concerning Minors Subject to Involuntary Admissions
IV.Involuntary Admission
  • A.There are four instances when a Department member will take a person into custody and transport that person to a mental health intake facility for involuntary admission.
    • 1.The member is furnished with a completed and signed "Petition for Involuntary / Judicial Admission" (MHDD-5) and an "Order of Detention, Examination, Evaluation" (MHDD-8) issued by the Circuit Court of Cook County commanding peace officers to take custody and transport an adult person for a mental health evaluation; or
    • 2.the member is furnished with a completed and signed "Application by an Adult for the Admission of a Minor" (MH-6) and an "Order of Detention, Examination, Evaluation" (MHDD-8) issued by the Circuit Court of Cook County commanding peace officers to take custody and transport a minor person for a mental health evaluation; or
      NOTE:
      The Department member providing the transportation to a designated mental health intake facility as outlined in Item IV-A-1 and 2, must complete the portion of the "Order of Detention, Examination, Evaluation" form (MHDD-8) entitled "Return" or the order is invalidated.
    • 3.the member is furnished with a completed and signed "Petition for Involuntary / Judicial Admission" (MHDD-5) and a signed "Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Involuntary / Judicial Certificate" (MHDD-6); or
    • 4.as a result of the member's personal observation, the member has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is in need of an immediate mental health evaluation to protect such person or others from physical harm. The member will complete and sign an "Application by an Adult for the Admission of a Minor" (MH-6) or a "Petition for Involuntary / Judicial Admission" (MHDD-5), as applicable, based upon the age of the individual needing mental health treatment. The member will include on the petition for involuntary admission a detailed description of the aberrant behavior as observed by the member.
      NOTE:
      Petition (MHDD-5) and application (MH-6) are furnished by the Illinois Department of Human Services and are available from the Equipment and Supply Section. These forms are also available at the designated mental health intake facilities outlined in the Department directive entitled "Approved Medical Facilities."
  • B.Third Party Information
    When a Department member receives information from a third party that a person has exhibited aberrant behavior, the member may consider this information as personal observation. If the third party is unwilling or unable to sign the petition for involuntary admission, the member will complete and sign the "Petition for Involuntary / Judicial Admission" (MHDD-5) for an adult person or an "Application by an Adult for the Admission of a Minor" (MH-6) and transport the person to the designated mental health intake facility for involuntary admission or take other police action based on the facts of the preliminary investigation.
    NOTE:
    If the member takes the person into custody to transport the person to a designated mental health intake facility he or she will complete and sign the petition for involuntary admission including a detailed description of the aberrant behavior as stated to the member by the third party. In addition the member will also include in the narrative portion of the petition for involuntary admission the relationship of the third party to the person who exhibited the aberrant behavior as well as the name, address, and phone number of the person reporting the aberrant behavior.
  • C.Department members may provide a transport to a person in need of mental treatment with a supervisors approval when a relative or a third party is willing to sign the petition and the person consents to being transported.
    NOTE:
    The mental health facility may require the Department member to complete the petition.
V.General Information Involuntary Admission
  • A.Persons subject to involuntary admission will be transported by squadrol, consistent with the Department directive entitled "Squadrol Operating Procedures," to the designated mental health intake facility for evaluation in accordance with the Department directive entitled "Approved Medical Facilities."
    NOTE:
    If the mental health intake facility determines that a person not in Department custody for a criminal offense is in need of IDHS state-operated mental health center hospitalization, that mental health intake facility will be responsible for transporting the patient to the IDHS state-operated mental health center.
  • B.Members will use restraining devices if necessary, consistent with the Department directive entitled "Restraining Arrestees."
  • C.Members transporting an involuntary admission to a designated mental health intake facility will:
    • 1.obtain any related petitions or paperwork and submit them with the patient.
    • 2.retain control of the person until custody is transferred to the intake security staff and the receiving staff has accepted the patient.
VI.General Information Voluntary Admission
  • A.Supervisors may authorize Department transportation to a mental health intake facility for persons seeking voluntary admission when, in their judgment, a police purpose is served.
  • B.Any person may be admitted to a mental health intake facility, in accordance with the Department directive entitled "Approved Medical Facilities," as a voluntary patient for evaluation of a mental illness upon the filing of an application with the facility.
    • 1.The application for voluntary admission of a person 18 years or older may be executed by:
      • a.the person seeking admission, or
      • b.any interested person, 18 years or older, at the request of the person seeking admission.
    • 2.The application for voluntary admission of a minor may be executed by:
      • a.the minor seeking admission (the minor must be 16 or 17 years of age to sign his or her own application for admission), or
      • b.a parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis, or
      • c.a Department member when a diligent effort to locate a parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis is unsuccessful.
Philip J. Cline
Superintendent of Police
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