2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 28:52.3 — Noncontested admission

§52.3.  Noncontested admission

A.  A mentally ill person or person suffering from substance abuse who does not have the capacity to make a knowing and voluntary consent to a voluntary admission status and who does not object to his admission to a treatment facility may be admitted to a treatment facility as a noncontested admission.  Such person shall be subject to the same rules and regulations as a person admitted on a voluntary admission status and his treatment shall be governed by the provisions of R.S. 28:52H.  

B.  A noncontested admission may be made by a physician to a treatment facility in order to initiate a complete diagnostic and evaluative study.  The diagnosis and evaluation shall include complete medical, social, and psychological studies and, when medically indicated, any other scientific study which may be necessary in order to make decisions relative to the treatment needs of the patient.  In the absence of specified medical reasons, the diagnostic studies shall be completed in fourteen days.  Alternative community-based services shall be thoroughly considered.  

Following a review of the diagnostic evaluation study, the director of the treatment facility shall determine if the person is to remain on noncontested status, is to be discharged, is to be converted to formal or informal voluntary status, or is to be involuntarily hospitalized pursuant to R.S. 28:53 or R.S. 28:54.  Nothing in this Section shall be interpreted to prohibit the director of a treatment facility from transferring the patient to another treatment facility when it is medically indicated.  

C.  A person admitted pursuant to this Section may object to his admission at any time.  If the person informs a staff member of his desire to object to his admission, a staff member shall assist him in preparing and submitting a valid written objection to the director.  Upon receipt of a valid objection, the director shall release the person within seventy-two hours unless proceedings are instituted pursuant to R.S. 28:53 or R.S. 28:54.  

D.  In no case shall a patient remain on noncontested status longer than three months.  Within that time, the patient must be converted to either a formal or an informal voluntary status, or be involuntarily hospitalized pursuant to R.S. 28:53 or R.S. 28:54, or be discharged.  

Added by Acts 1977, No. 714, §1.  Amended by Acts 1978, No. 782, §1, eff. July 17, 1978.  

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