MENTAL HEALTH COURT
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1450 E. McKinney Street, Suite 2104
Denton, TX 76209
Cathy Gresham, Supervisor
Court Approved Attorney Paperwork for Mental Health
The Mental Health Court is a division of the Statutory
Probate Court. This court handles all involuntary
commitments for residents of Denton County under the
supervision of the County Clerks office. All commitments
done by this court are placed at The North Texas State
Hospital, Wichita Falls Campus; that is unless the proposed
patient has insurance. In that case the family may try to
secure a placement at a private psychiatric hospital and
submit a bed letter to the court from that facility.
The application process begins with the application packet.
This packet consists of the Application for Involuntary
Temporary Commitment, a Certificate of Medical Examination,
and if needed an Affidavit of Inability.
The application is to be filled out in as much detail as
possible. The more information given, the more likely the
application will be approved. The first two pages must be
notarized. You may fax the completed application and
certificate of medical examination to the court. However the
originals must be submitted to the court no later than the
date of the hearing.
The second portion of the packet is the Certificate of
Medical Examination. This must be completed by a doctor no
later than five days before the application is submitted to
the court. Without the Certificate of Medical Examination
the application will be denied.
The final part of the application packet is the Affidavit of
Inability. There is a $467.00 filing fee associated with a
Mental Health application. If the proposed patient is an
adult and cannot afford the fees; this affidavit may be
filled out, notarized and submitted to the court before a
ruling is made on the application. If granted the fees are