SMI Determination


What does SMI mean?

The CPSA Member Handbook defines Serious Mental Illness (SMI) as follows: A condition of persons who are eighteen years of age or older and who, as a result of a mental disorder as defined in A.R.S. ยง 36-501, exhibit emotional or behavioral functioning which 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.

What services are available if I am determined to have a Serious Mental Illness?

Since everyone is unique, services will be tailored to your needs. Some of the services that may be offered are: Case Management, Medication Management, Behavioral Health Counseling and Therapy, Psycho Educational Services, and Behavioral Health Prevention / Promotion.

What should I bring to SAMHC in order to request an SMI Determination?

  • Any mental health records available or name and phone number of previous mental health provider
  • List of ALL medications you are taking, including over-the-counter, medical, and mental health medications
  • Documents demonstrating lawful presence in the United States and identity for you, e.g. birth certificate, AZ driver license or identification card issued after 1996, U.S. Passport, I-94 form with a photograph, U.S. certificate of naturalization or citizenship, foreign passport with U.S. visa, tribal certificate of Indian blood, or tribal enrollment card

When will I know the outcome of my SMI determination?

Typically, the complete process takes ten days; however, it may take longer if additional information is needed to make the determination. You will be notified by mail.

Who provides services to individuals who have been determined Seriously Mentally Ill?

If you are determined to have a serious mental illness, your behavioral health care will be transferred to one of these agencies for service: CODAC, COPE, La Frontera Center, MHC Healthcare-Behavioral Health Services, Pantano Behavioral Health Services.