Mental Illness Warrant

Mental Illness or Chemical Dependency Warrant Information

• A Mental Illness Warrant (MIW) or Chemical Dependency Warrant (CDW) may be issued in Dallas County when:
A Person is either mentally ill or chemically dependent and:
  1. is a danger to themselves; or 
  2. is a danger to others.

• A person applying for a MIW or a CDW is known as “The Applicant”.
• The Applicant may apply for a MIW or a CDW if:
1. He/She is 18 years of age or older with first-hand knowledge of the person’s behavior;
2. The behavior must be specific recent act(s), attempt(s) or threat(s);
3. The applicant is willing to sign a notarized statement about the person’s behavior. 

IMPORTANT:
If the person has a history of violence, immediately inform everyone involved in
this process. If the person has a gun, a knife, or another weapon, immediately
inform everyone involved in this process.


• Based on the application, the Judge or Magistrate will make a legal judgment as to whether or
Not the situation meets the legal reasons for issuing a MIW or a CDW.

• If the MIW or the CDW is issued, the warrant will then be given to either the Constable or the Sheriff. The Constable/Sheriff will pick up the person who is in crisis and take him/her to the Parkland Health & Hospital System (Psychiatric Emergency Department).

• It is very important that the Applicant follow the Constable/Sheriff and the person in crisis to the Parkland Health & Hospital System (Psychiatric Emergency Dept.). Go to the Information Booth located just inside the Emergency Room doors and ask for the Psychiatric Emergency Room. 

****Bring the following information;*****

1. Medications (names and dosages of the medications that the person is currently taking);
2. Any information about the past psychiatric treatment;
3. Any information about drug and alcohol history;
4. Any information about medical problems or diseases that the person may have.
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Where do I get a Mental Illness Warrant or Chemical Dependency Warrant?

Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
You may apply for a MIW or a CDW at any local Justice of the Peace Court in your precinct, or at the Mental Illness Court located in the Records Building, 501 Main Street, Room 201, Dallas (downtown). 214-653-7485

Tuesday or Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
Located in the Auxiliary Courtroom adjacent to the Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, 7808 Clodus Fields Dr., Dallas 972-991-9504

After Hours and weekends:
You may apply for a MIW or a CDW at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center located at:
The Magistrate’s Office 111 W. Commerce St.- at River Front (see map), Dallas, Texas 75202 214-653-2841

For More Information please view the Dallas County Mental Illness Court Webpage.