2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 28:51 — Procedures for admission

§51.  Procedures for admission

A.  The director of a treatment facility, subject to the availability of suitable accommodations, shall receive for observation, diagnosis, care, and treatment, any person whose admission is authorized under any of the procedures provided for in R.S. 28:52 through R.S. 28:54 and R.S. 28:64.

B.  The failure by any director to obey an order or judgment committing a patient to a treatment facility shall not be construed as contempt of any court, if it appears that the failure to obey is due to the inability to comply with the order or judgment because medically suitable accommodations for the patient are unavailable.  

C.  The Department of Health and Hospitals, through its hospitals, mental health clinics and similar institutions, shall have the duty to assist petitioners and other persons in the preparation of petitions for commitment, requests for protective custody orders and requests for emergency certificates, upon request of such persons.  

Amended by Acts 1954, No. 701, §1; Acts 1966, No. 482, §1; Acts 1977, No. 714, §1; Acts 1979, No. 181, §1, eff. July 3, 1979.  

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