The Court will give a copy of the petition to the petitioner and will mail a copy to the respondent. The sheriff will also serve the respondent with the petition as well.
After the Court reviews the allegations in the petition, the Court will examine the petitioner under oath to determine whether there is probable cause to believe the respondent presents a danger to self or others as a result of alcohol or drug abuse. If probable cause is established, the Court will order the respondent to be evaluated by the named qualified health professionals and set the matter for a hearing within fourteen (14) days.
The respondent must be examined by the health professionals at least 24 hours prior to the hearing date. Each will either file a report with the district court clerk or give a report to the petitioner to file with the district court clerk at least 24 hours prior to the hearing date.
The Court will hold a hearing after evaluations to determine if the respondent should undergo treatment. The Court may order treatment from sixty (60) days or up to three hundred sixty (360) days, depending upon the request in the petition, the result of the hearing, and the opinions of the treating professionals.
The petitioner is responsible for obtaining treatment services and transporting the respondent to the treatment facility.