2011 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 58. Private asylums, hospitals and societies.
58.05 Private institutions for persons who are mentally ill or retarded.
58.0558.05 Private institutions for persons who are mentally ill or retarded.
58.05(1)(1) The articles of organization of any corporation organized under the laws of this state for the establishment and maintenance of any hospital or other institution for the care, treatment or relief of persons who are mentally ill or retarded may contain provisions authorizing it to receive general, special, permanent or temporary endowments and to secure the repayment of the same in accordance with the terms and conditions upon which they may be made by a mortgage upon its real or personal property, or both, or otherwise, in the manner in such articles provided.
58.05(2)(2) Any person who is mentally ill or developmentally disabled may, upon the written request of his or her guardian, be committed to any such hospital or institution in the manner persons who are adjudicated incompetent are committed to the state hospitals; but the county in which the person resides shall be liable for his or her support, maintenance, and treatment only when he or she has been committed upon the request of the county board, and the hospital or institution is not required to keep, care for, or treat any person who is mentally ill or developmentally disabled longer than his or her guardian, friends, or the county from which he or she shall have been committed shall defray the expenses of his or her care and treatment. Any person may voluntarily place himself or herself in such hospital, asylum, or institution for care and treatment.
58.05(3)(3) If at any time complaint is made to the department that any person is improperly confined in any such hospital, asylum or institution, the department shall examine into the case in such manner as it deems best; and if it shall appear to the department that such person is improperly confined it shall order the person's immediate release, and thereupon such person shall be released. The corporation owning or maintaining any such hospital, asylum or institution shall not, nor shall any officer or employee thereof, be liable for the detention of any person duly committed or detained at the request of the person's guardian or friends or of any county board unless such person shall have been detained after the department shall have ordered the person's release or after a court shall have directed the person's discharge; and such liability shall exist only for such detention as shall have occurred after the service of a copy of the order of such department or court upon the superintendent or other officer in charge of such hospital, asylum or institution.
58.05(4)(4) Any letter, communication or complaint addressed to such department or to any member thereof by any inmate, employee or subordinate officer in any such hospital, asylum or institution shall be forthwith forwarded as addressed without interference therewith, breaking of the seal or reading thereof by any officer or employee therein.
58.05(5)(5) Every such corporation shall, on or before the first day of each July make a report to the department for the preceding year, which shall be in form and substance as required by said department and be verified by the president of such corporation or the superintendent or other officer having charge of such hospital, asylum or institution.
58.05(6)(6) Every such corporation that receives nonresident patients into a hospital, asylum or institution for care, treatment or relief shall execute to this state and file in the office of the secretary of state a bond in the sum and with the surety or sureties which the governor determines and approves, conditioned to indemnify the state and every county in the state against expense if the patient becomes indigent in this state. When a nonresident patient is discharged from the hospital, asylum or institution and leaves this state all liability of the corporation upon its bond on account of the patient ceases.
58.05 - ANNOT.History: 1977 c. 83; 1985 a. 29, 332; 1991 a. 316; 2005 a. 387.
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