Designated Examiner Information

Designated Examiner Defined

Under UCA 62A-15-602, a Designated Examiner is defined as a licensed physician familiar with severe mental illness, preferably a psychiatrist, designated by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) as specially qualified by training or experience in the diagnosis of mental or related illness, or another licensed mental health professional designated by DSAMH as specially qualified by training and at least five years’ continual experience in the treatment of mental or related illness.

Please be advised that there are separate criteria, processes and forms for evaluating and placing children/adolescents!

Minimum Standards to Qualify as a Designated Examiner in Utah

The applicant must possess the minimum qualifications:

  • Be a licensed physician or other licensed mental health professional as defined by UCA 58-60-103(1)(b), Mental Health Professional Practice Act
  • Be a resident of the State of Utah
  • Other licensed mental health professionals must have 5 years continual experience, post licensure, in the treatment of mental (or related) illness
  • Demonstrate a complete and thorough understanding of abnormal psychology and abnormal behavior
  • Attend the Designated Examiner Certification Training and pass a knowledge assessment examination

Civil Commitment Forms

Click here to access the Utah Civil Commitment Forms

Designated Examiner Certification/RefresherTraining

A Designated Examiner Training will be held Wednesday August 27, 2014 at Davis Behavioral Health in Layton. The deadline to register is August 13.
There will also be a DE training on Wednesday October 8, 2014 at the U of U in Salt Lake City. The deadline to register is September 10.
A tentative date for the first 2015 DE training is March 18th in Salt Lake City.
For questions or registration support, please contact Susan Hardinger. She can be reached at, or by calling (801) 538-4367.