2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 28:454.7 — Duration and discharge of commitment

§454.7.  Duration and discharge of commitment

A.  An initial judgment of commitment shall be for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty days.  Continuation of commitment beyond one hundred eighty days requires a hearing conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.

(1)  At least three days prior to the hearing, the department shall submit, to the court and to counsel for the respondent, an interdisciplinary evaluation regarding the need for continued commitment and a support profile.

(2)  If the court determines that the person is still either dangerous to himself or dangerous to others, he shall be recommitted to the custody of the department for a period not to exceed one year.

(3)  If the respondent is recommitted for three consecutive one year periods, then a subsequent judgment of commitment shall not exceed three years.

B.  Any person who is not recommitted shall no longer be under court commitment, but shall continue to receive all supports and services as identified in his support plan, as long as he meets state criteria.  If a person voluntarily seeks supports or services other than those provided by the department, the department must maintain documentation that the person or their legal representative has voluntarily made this request and no longer wants services provided directly by the department.

Acts 2005, No. 128, §1, eff. June 22, 2005.

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