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6 Pa. Code § 15.72. Petition.

§ 15.72. Petition.

 (a)  Contents. The petition which the agency files for an emergency court order of involuntary intervention shall state the following information:

   (1)  The name, age and physical description of the older adult insofar as these facts have been ascertained.

   (2)  The address or other location where the older adult can be found.

   (3)  The name and relationship of a guardian, caregiver or other responsible party residing with the older adult, when applicable.

   (4)  A description of how the older adult is at imminent risk of death or serious physical harm.

   (5)  The physical and mental status of the older adult, to the extent known.

   (6)  The attempts made by the agency to obtain the informed consent of the older adult, or the older adult’s court appointed guardian, when applicable, to the provision of protective services by the agency.

   (7)  The specific short-term, least restrictive, involuntary protective services which the agency is petitioning the court for an order to provide.

   (8)  A description of how the proposed services would remedy the situation or condition which presents an imminent risk of death or serious physical harm.

   (9)  A statement showing why the proposed services are not overbroad in extent or duration and why less restrictive alternatives as to their extent or duration are not adequate.

   (10)  A statement that other voluntary protective services have been offered, attempted or have failed to remedy the situation.

   (11)  A statement that reasonable efforts have been made to communicate with the older adult in a language the older adult understands in the case of an older adult who is hearing impaired or who does not understand the English language.

   (12)  Other relevant information deemed appropriate by the agency.

 (b)  Oral petitions. Nothing in this chapter precludes or prohibits the oral presentation of a petition for emergency involuntary intervention. When oral presentation is warranted, the written petition shall be prepared, filed and served on the older adult and counsel within 24 hours of the entry of the emergency order or on the next business day, when the 24-hour period would fall on a weekend or legal holiday.

 (c)  Affidavits. Allegations which are not based upon personal knowledge shall be supported by affidavits provided by persons having that knowledge. The affidavits shall be attached to the petition.

 (d)  Emergency order duration. In the petition, the agency shall request an emergency order of a specific duration which may not exceed 72 hours from the time the order is granted. The agency shall request the court of common pleas to hold a hearing when the initial emergency order expires to review the need for an additional emergency court order or other continued court and protective services involvement, or both. The issuance of an emergency order is not evidence of the competency or incompetency of the older adult.

Cross References

   This section cited in 6 Pa. Code §  15.71 (relating to involuntary intervention by emergency court order); and 6 Pa. Code §  15.112 (relating to uses of funding authorized by the act).

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