People are becoming more aware of mental illness and its prevalence in our society. Many people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness live very normal lives and function quite well with treatment and medications. Unfortunately, for some people, their illness prevents them from accepting treatment on a voluntary basis. A.R.S. § 36-503.01 orders the County Attorney to represent agencies in judicial proceedings when they file petitions for court-ordered evaluations and treatment. The Civil Division works with AHCCCS, Regional Behavioral Health Authorities and local mental health providers to identify these patients and get them into the treatment they need. Sometimes this requires that we seek court-ordered treatment and sometimes the patients accept treatment on a voluntary basis. The patient’s rights and our duties are all spelled out in A.R.S. § 36-501 through A.R.S. § 36-550.08.