ADHS will be performing maintenance on the Medical Marijuana systems starting on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10 PM expected to be completed by Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 4 AM. During this time, Medical Marijuana Online Registry Applications will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience this maintenance downtime may cause. If the process is completed earlier, the systems will be made available at an earlier time.

Division of Behavioral Health Services


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An individual who has access to a group of people.

General Consent

A voluntary written agreement to receive behavioral health services.

Geographic Service Area (GSA)

Is a specific county or defined grouping of counties that are available for contract award. The Contractor is responsible to provide covered services to eligible residents of their contracted GSA (s) except as otherwise stated in the ADHS/RBHA contracts and ADHS/TRBHA IGAs.

Gravely Disabled (GD)

A condition evidenced by behavior in which a person, as a result of a mental disorder, is likely to come to serious physical harm or serious illness because he/she is unable to provide for his/her basic physical needs.

Grievance or Request for Investigation

For purposes of this section means a complaint that is filed by a person with SMI or other concerned person's regarding a violation of the person with SMI's rights or a condition requiring an investigation.


An individual or entity appointed to be responsible for the treatment or care of an individual according to A.R.S. Title 14, Chapter 5.

Guilty Except Insane (GEI)

(After 1996) means that at the time of the commission of the criminal act the person was afflicted with a mental disease or defect of such severity that the person did not know the criminal act was wrong. Mental disease or defect does not include disorders that result from acute voluntary intoxication or withdrawal from alcohol or drugs, character defects, psychosexual disorders, or impulse control disorders. (Persons designated GEI are placed under the authority of the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) for a term of commitment equivalent to their sentence had they been convicted and sent to prison.)