Tribal Court Procedures for Involuntary Commitment: Information Center


This Information Center has been created to remedy the lack of information concerning the unique jurisdictional, legal and coordination of care issues related to American Indians and the state's behavioral health system.


Arizona law provides for the recognition and enforcement of tribal court orders for involuntary commitment to treatment including admission to the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) for American Indians residing on tribal reservations. The Arizona statute is necessary as Tribal governments are sovereign and have sole jurisdiction over Tribal Members on reservations. Legal, jurisdictional, and continuity of care issues exist related to the coordination of courts ordering treatment for American Indians and which result from the unique "carve out" of the managed care behavioral health care system in Arizona.


In February, 2008, a representative from the Intertribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) placed a request before the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Director's meeting of the three Indian Health Service (IHS) Area Directors concerning a critical need for training and informational outreach to the tribes and the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs) concerning the process of court ordered treatment for American Indians. Mr. Eddy Broadway, former Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) assigned the Tribal Contract Administrator to work, in conjunction with ITCA, on addressing this need. Read more about the History.

Applicable Laws and Regulations


Training Resources

Training Documents from the 2015 Sessions

Additional Resources

This website is sponsored by AHCCCS in coordination with ITCA, ASH, the AZ State Attorney General’s Office, American Indian Tribes located in AZ and the AZ State TRBHAs and RBHAs.