2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:2H-114 - Additional rights, responsibilities of psychiatric facility.
26:2H-114 Additional rights, responsibilities of psychiatric facility.
13. In addition to any rights and responsibilities recognized or imposed by or pursuant to this act, or any other law, a psychiatric facility shall have the following responsibilities:
a.A psychiatric facility shall adopt such policies and practices as are necessary to provide for routine inquiry, at the time of admission, and at such other times as are appropriate under the circumstances, concerning the existence and location of an advance directive for mental health care.
b.A psychiatric facility shall adopt such policies and practices as are necessary to provide appropriate informational materials concerning advance directives for mental health care to all interested patients and their families and mental health care representatives, and to assist patients interested in discussing and executing an advance directive for mental health care.
c.In situations in which a transfer of care is necessary, including a transfer for the purpose of effectuating a patient's wishes pursuant to an advance directive for mental health care, a psychiatric facility shall, in consultation with the responsible mental health care professional, take all reasonable steps to effect the appropriate, respectful and timely transfer of the patient to the care of an alternative mental health care professional or psychiatric facility, as necessary, and shall assure that the patient is not abandoned or treated disrespectfully. In those circumstances, a psychiatric facility shall assure the timely transfer of the patient's medical records, including a copy of the patient's advance directive for mental health care.
d.A psychiatric facility shall establish procedures and practices for dispute resolution in accordance with section 14 of this act.
e.A psychiatric facility shall adopt such policies and practices as are necessary to: inform mental health care professionals of their rights and responsibilities under this act; assure that those rights and responsibilities are understood; and provide a forum for discussion and consultation regarding the requirements of this act.
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