Arizona Revised Statutes Title 36. Public Health and Safety § 36-550. Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. “Administration” means the Arizona health care cost containment system administration.

2. “Community residential treatment system” means a statewide system of community-based residential treatment programs for the seriously mentally ill that provides a wide range of services as alternatives to institutionalization and in the least restrictive setting.

3. “Director” means the director of the administration.

4. “Seriously mentally ill” means persons who as a result of a mental disorder as defined in § 36-501 exhibit emotional or behavioral functioning that is so impaired as to interfere substantially with their capacity to remain in the community without supportive treatment or services of a long-term or indefinite duration.  In these persons mental disability is severe and persistent, resulting in a long-term limitation of their functional capacities for primary activities of daily living such as interpersonal relationships, homemaking, self-care, employment and recreation.

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