How do I start the AOT process?

Start with your local probate court

Petitions for mental health treatment are filed in your county probate court, the court that handles wills, administers estates and trusts, appoints guardians and conservators, and orders treatment for mentally ill and developmentally disabled persons.

When completing court documents, it is important to fill out the forms as completely and correctly as possible. 

  • Locate your county's probate court and identify if they require additional forms

    Petitions for mental health treatment are filed in your county probate court, the court that handles wills, administers estates and trusts, appoints guardians and conservators, and orders treatment for mentally ill and developmentally disabled persons.

    Your local probate court may require specific forms or cover sheets. Locate your local probate court through the Michigan Trial Court Directory below or by searching online. Then, contact them or visit their website to learn about the filing process in your area, their procedure for rejecting incomplete forms, and for support in filing.


Common forms/petitions used in mental health probate proceedings 

In addition to forms required by your local probate court, the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) requires paperwork based on where you are in the AOT process (intial petition, request for extention, etc.) Visit the SCAO website to learn more about all mental health forms.

 

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