2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 27: Public Assistance
Article 7: Adult Protective Services, 27-7-1 through 27-7-31
Section 27-7-25.1: Emergency protective placement by a law enforcement officer without a court order.
27-7-25.1. Emergency protective placement by a law enforcement officer without a court order.
A. When, from personal observation of a law enforcement officer, it appears probable that an incapacitated adult will suffer immediate and irreparable physical injury or death if not immediately placed in a facility, that the adult is unable to give consent and that it is not possible due to the emergency nature of the circumstances to follow the procedures of Section 27-7-25 NMSA 1978, the law enforcement officer making that observation may transport the adult to a facility. No court order is required to authorize the law enforcement officer to act upon the officer's observation pursuant to this section.
B. A law enforcement officer who transports an incapacitated adult to a facility pursuant to the provisions of this section shall immediately notify the department of the placement.
C. The department shall file a petition pursuant to Subsection A of Section 27-7-25 NMSA 1978 within two working days after the placement of the adult by the law enforcement officer has occurred unless the department determines that the criteria for emergency removal and placement have not been met or that there is no further need for involuntary protective services or protective placement.
D. Upon receipt of notice from a law enforcement officer that an adult has been placed in a facility pursuant to the authority of this section, the department shall give notice pursuant to Subsection G of Section 27-7-25 NMSA 1978 within two working days after the placement of the adult has taken place.
E. The court shall hold a hearing on the petition filed by the department as a result of the law enforcement officer's emergency placement within ten days of the filing of the petition, pursuant to the provisions of Section 27-7-27 NMSA 1978, to determine whether the conditions creating the need for the emergency placement have been removed and whether the adult should be released from the protective placement.
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