Order to Apprehend (OTA)
The Probate Judge may issue an order commanding any peace officer to take an individual who appears to be mentally ill requiring involuntary treatment into custody and deliver him or her to the nearest receiving facility for examination. This order is commonly referred to as an "Order to Apprehend," because it directs law enforcement to apprehend the person and take them for examination.
An Order to Apprehend issued by the Probate Court is only for an examination by a physician to determine whether a person appears to be mentally ill requiring involuntary treatment. It is not a guarantee of treatment or admittance into any hospital facility.
If a person is currently in jail, Probate Court, will not intervene.