2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:1511 - Emergency protective services; ex parte order

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:1511 (2018)

§1511. Emergency protective services; ex parte order

A.(1) If the adult protection agency has reasonable cause to believe that an adult is at immediate and present risk of substantial harm or deterioration from abuse, neglect, or self-neglect, and the adult lacks the capacity to consent, or with the consent of an adult who has capacity, the agency or any entity named in R.S. 15:1507(G) may petition a court of competent civil jurisdiction for an ex parte order to provide emergency protective services. The petition shall contain an affidavit setting forth the facts upon which the agency relied in making the determination.

(2) When the circumstances placing the adult at risk are such that there is insufficient time to file a petition for emergency protective services, the facts supporting an ex parte order to provide emergency protective services may be relayed to the court orally or telephonically and the court may issue its order orally. In such cases, a written verified petition for ex parte order shall be filed with the court by the close of the following business day and a written order shall be issued.

B. The ex parte order shall specify the services needed to protect the adult, which may include medical treatment, social services, placement in a safer living situation, the services of law enforcement or emergency medical services to transport the adult to a treatment facility or safe living location, and other services needed to protect the adult and may contain any remedy outlined in R.S. 15:1508 or any remedy deemed by the court as needed to protect the adult. However, admission to a mental health treatment facility shall be made only in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 28:1 et seq.

C. The ex parte order shall be effective for fifteen days but may be extended one time for another fifteen days upon a showing to the court that continuation of the order is necessary to prevent further harm to the adult.

D.(1) There shall be a hearing held by the court before the expiration of the ex parte order or the extension thereof but no earlier than fifteen days from the effective date of the ex parte order.

(2) The adult has the right to be represented by an attorney. If the alleged abused or neglected adult has no attorney, the court shall appoint an attorney to represent him.

(3) At the hearing, the adult protection agency has the burden to prove that the adult lacks the capacity to consent, and that the adult is at immediate and present risk of substantial harm or deterioration from abuse, neglect, or self-neglect.

(4) The adult shall have the right to present evidence, call witnesses, be heard on his own behalf, and cross-examine witnesses called by the adult protection agency.

(5) Reasonable notice of the hearing and rights set forth in this Chapter shall be given to the adult.

(6) After the hearing, if the court grants an order in favor of the adult protection agency, the court's order shall specify the services needed to protect the adult, which may include medical treatment, social services, temporary placement in a safer living situation, and other services needed to protect the adult and may contain any remedy outlined in R.S. 15:1508 or any remedy deemed by the court as needed to protect the adult. However, admission to a mental health treatment facility shall be made only in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 28:1 et seq.

(7) The order shall be effective for a period of one hundred eighty days, but the order may be renewed one time for another one hundred eighty days and thereafter annually upon a showing to the court that continuation of the order is necessary to prevent further harm to the adult.

Acts 2008, No. 181, §2, eff. June 13, 2008.

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