Investigation of Person Alleged to Be a Mentally Ill Person
(1)Initiation and timelines for investigation. Upon receipt of an NMI the CMHP shall conduct an investigation of the person to determine probable cause for mental disorder. The person conducting the investigation shall not be the same as the person filing the NMI.
(a)Investigation of NMIs by two persons, a county health officer or a magistrate. At a minimum, if the person can be located, the investigator must contact the person by telephone within three judicial days of the receipt of the NMI by the director.
(A)The investigator shall complete an investigation and submit an investigation report to the circuit court within 15 days of the director’s receipt of the NMI.
(B)The investigator may request an extension from the court if a treatment option less-restrictive than involuntary inpatient commitment is actively being pursued or if the person cannot be located.
(b)Investigation of persons in custody. The investigator shall investigate persons in custody in an approved hospital under ORS 426.232 (Emergency admission) or 426.033 as soon as reasonably possible but no later than one judicial day after the initiation of the detention and 24-hours prior to the hearing. Whenever feasible, the investigator shall:
(A)Make face-to-face contact with the person within 24 hours of admission to a hospital or nonhospital facility, including weekends; and
(B)Meet with the person one additional time prior to making a recommendation for the court to hold a commitment hearing.
(2)Procedures for the investigation. Only certified mental health investigators, senior mental health investigators or mental health investigator residents shall conduct an investigation of a person.
(a)While conducting an investigation, the investigator shall:
(A)Present photo identification, authorized and provided by the county mental health authority, to the person; and
(B)Explain the reason for the investigation orally and, if doing so would not endanger the investigator, in writing.
(b)Information from relatives. The investigator shall solicit information about the person from person’s parents and relatives, whenever feasible.
(c)Disclosure of names. The investigator shall disclose the names of the persons filing the NMI to the allegedly mentally ill person except when, in the opinion of the investigator, disclosure will jeopardize the safety of the persons filing the NMI. The investigator may withhold any information that is used in the investigation report, only until the investigation report is delivered to the court and others as required under ORS 426.074 (Investigation). The investigator may withhold any information that is not included in the investigation report if the investigator determines that release of the information would constitute a clear and immediate danger to any person (see ORS 426.370 (Withholding information obtained in certain commitment or admission investigations)).
(d)Encourage voluntary services. The director shall attempt, as appropriate, to voluntarily enroll in the least restrictive community mental health services a person for whom an NMI has been filed.
(e)Clinical record required. The director shall maintain a clinical record for every person investigated under this rule. The clinical record shall document to the extent possible the following:
(A)A brief summary of the events leading to the filing of an NMI, the circumstances and events surrounding the interview of the person and the investigator’s attempts to engage the person in voluntary mental health services;
(B)Identifying information about the person;
(C)A copy of the NMI;
(D)A copy of the investigation report submitted to the court;
(E)Names, addresses and telephone numbers of family, friends, relatives or other persons who the investigator interviewed for pertinent information. This list shall include the names of the persons filing the NMI with the director; and
(F)Summary of the disposition of the case.
(f)Coordination of services. In the event the person is released or agrees to voluntary treatment, the investigator shall coordinate with the CMHP for the purpose of referral and offering voluntary treatment services to the person as soon as reasonably possible.
(3)Access to clinical records. The investigator shall have access to clinical records of the person being investigated as follows:
(a)When the person is in custody. The investigator shall have access only to clinical records compiled during the hold period. Without valid consent, the investigator shall not have access to clinical records compiled as part of treatment that is provided to the person at any time outside the hold period except as provided by OAR 309-033-0930 (Investigation of Person Alleged to Be a Mentally Ill Person)(3)(b).
(b)When the person investigated is eligible for commitment pursuant to ORS 426.074 (Investigation). The investigator shall have access to any clinical record necessary to verify the existence of the criteria which make the person eligible for commitment pursuant to ORS 426.074 (Investigation).
Rule 309-033-0930 — Investigation of Person Alleged to Be a Mentally Ill Person,