Upon receipt of the affidavit required by section 5122.11 of the Revised Code, the court shall refer the affidavit to the board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services or an agency the board designates to assist the court in determining whether the respondent is subject to hospitalization and whether alternative services are available, unless the agency or board has already performed such screening. The board or agency shall review the allegations of the affidavit and other information relating to whether or not the person named in the affidavit or statement is a mentally ill person subject to hospitalization by court order, and the availability of appropriate treatment alternatives.
The person who conducts the investigation shall promptly make a report to the court, in writing, in open court or in chambers, as directed by the court and a full record of the report shall be made by the court. The report is not admissible as evidence for the purpose of establishing whether or not the respondent is a mentally ill person subject to hospitalization by court order, but shall be considered by the court in its determination of an appropriate placement for any person after that person is found to be a mentally ill person subject to hospitalization.
The court, prior to the hearing under section 5122.141 of the Revised Code, shall release a copy of the investigative report to the respondent's counsel.
Nothing in this section precludes a judge or referee from issuing a temporary order of detention pursuant to section 5122.11 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 10-10-1989