2005 Idaho Code - 66-601 — DEFINITIONS

                                  TITLE  66
                        STATE CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS
                                  CHAPTER 6
                   DECLARATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
    66-601.  DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this chapter, the following
definitions shall apply:
    (1)  "Agent" means an adult properly appointed to make mental health
treatment decisions for a principal under a declaration for mental health
treatment and also means an alternative agent.
    (2)  "Attending physician" means the licensed physician who has primary
responsibility for the care and treatment of the declarant.
    (3)  "Facility" means:
    (a)  A designated treatment facility, as defined in section 66-317, Idaho
    Code;
    (b)  A nursing home; or
    (c)  An assisted living home.
    (4)  "Incapable" means that, by order of a court in a guardianship
proceeding under section 66-322, Idaho Code, or in the opinion of two (2)
physicians that include a psychiatrist, or in the opinion of a physician and a
professional mental health clinician, a person's ability to receive and
evaluate information effectively or communicate decisions is impaired to such
an extent that the person currently lacks the capacity to make mental health
treatment decisions.
    (5)  "Mental health treatment" means electroconvulsive treatment,
treatment with psychotropic medication or short-term admission to a treatment
facility for a period not to exceed seventeen (17) days.
    (6)  "Mental illness" means a substantial disorder of thought, mood,
perception, orientation or memory, which grossly impairs judgment, behavior,
or capacity to recognize and adapt to reality.
    (7)  "Professional mental health clinician" means an individual who holds
an earned master's level or higher degree in social work from an accredited
program; a registered nurse with an earned master's degree or higher degree in
nursing with a specialization in psychiatric or mental health nursing from an
accredited program; an individual who holds an earned master's level or higher
degree in psychology from an accredited program; or an individual who holds an
earned master's level or higher degree in counseling, marriage and family
therapy or other closely related degree. Additionally, professionals in each
category must have at least two (2) years experience in a clinical mental
health setting.

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