Probate Pre-Screening is an assessment to determine if an individual meets statutory criteria for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. Qualifying individuals, as a result of mental illness, pose an immediate danger to themselves or others, are unable to care for basic physical needs or would benefit from treatment in a hospital due to behavior that creates an imminent risk to the rights of others.
Licensed counselors and social workers are all specially trained as Health Officers for Franklin County and as such, have the authority to initiate the process for an involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. Requests for probate pre-screens are often made by treatment providers or relatives of an individual who is unwilling or unable to seek treatment and who appears at risk of harm to self or others.
Probate pre-screening evaluations are done in the community. The Probate prescreen department is staffed during Probate Court hours; Monday-Friday 8-5, excluding holidays. All requests for probate prescreening services on individuals in Franklin County are received through the Emergency Response Services (ERS) phone triage number 614-276-2273.