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Health care decision maker

A person who is authorized to make health care treatment decisions for the patient.

Health care entity

A health care provider, the department, the administration or a regional behavioral health authority under contract with the administration.

Health care provider

A health care institution as defined in Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 36-401 that is licensed as a behavioral health provider pursuant to department rules or a mental health provider.

Independent evaluator

A licensed physician, psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner or psychologist selected by the person to be evaluated or by the attorney of such person

Informed consent

A voluntary decision following presentation of all facts necessary to form the basis of an intelligent consent by the patient or guardian with no minimizing of known dangers of any procedures.

Least restrictive treatment alternative

The treatment plan and setting that infringe in the least possible degree with the rights of the patient to liberty and that are consistent with providing needed treatment in a safe and humane manner.

Licensed physician

Any medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy who is either:
(a) Licensed in this state.
(b) A full-time hospital physician licensed in another state and serving on the staff of a hospital operated or licensed by the United States government.

Medical director of a mental health treatment agency

A psychiatrist, or other licensed physician experienced in psychiatric matters, who is designated in writing by the governing body of the agency as the person in charge of the medical services of the agency for the purposes of this chapter and includes the chief medical officer of the state hospital.

Medical director of an evaluation agency

A psychiatrist, or other licensed physician experienced in psychiatric matters, who is designated in writing by the governing body of the agency as the person in charge of the medical services of the agency for the purposes of this chapter and may include the chief medical officer of the state hospital.

Mental disorder

A substantial disorder of the person's emotional processes, thought, cognition or memory. Mental disorder is distinguished from:

  1. Conditions that are primarily those of drug abuse, alcoholism or intellectual disability, unless, in addition to one or more of these conditions, the person has a mental disorder.
  2. The declining mental abilities that directly accompany impending death.
  3. Character and personality disorders characterized by lifelong and deeply ingrained antisocial behavior patterns, including sexual behaviors that are abnormal and prohibited by statute unless the behavior results from a mental disorder.
Mental health provider

Any physician or provider of mental health or behavioral health services involved in evaluating, caring for, treating or rehabilitating a patient.

Mental health treatment agency

The state hospital or a health care agency that is licensed by the department and that provides those services that are required of the agency by this chapter.

Outpatient treatment

"Combined inpatient and outpatient treatment" means any treatment program not requiring continuous inpatient hospitalization.

Outpatient treatment plan

A treatment plan that does not require continuous inpatient hospitalization.

Patient

Any person undergoing examination, evaluation or behavioral or mental health treatment under Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 36, Chapter 5.

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