2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 43A. Mental Health
§43A-1-110. Law enforcement responsibility for transporting persons for mental health services - Reimbursement of expenses.
A. Sheriffs and peace officers shall be responsible for transporting individuals to and from designated sites or facilities for the purpose of examination, emergency detention, protective custody and inpatient services.
B. A municipal law enforcement agency shall be responsible for any individual found within such municipality's jurisdiction. The county sheriff shall be responsible for any individual found outside of a municipality's jurisdiction, but within the county.
C. The law enforcement agency transporting an individual to and from designated sites or facilities pursuant to the provisions of this section shall maintain responsibility for the transportation of such individual pending completion of the examination, emergency detention, protective custody and inpatient services.
D. Sheriffs and peace officers shall be entitled to reimbursement from the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for transportation services associated with minors or adults requiring examination, emergency detention, protective custody and inpatient services.
E. Any transportation provided by a sheriff or deputy sheriff or a peace officer on behalf of any county, city, town or municipality of this state, to or from any facility for the purpose of examination, admission, interfacility transfer, medical treatment or court appearance shall be reimbursed in accordance with the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act.
F. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a law enforcement agency from entering into a lawful agreement with any other law enforcement agency to fulfill the requirements established by this section or from contracting with a third party to provide the services established by this section; provided, the third party meets minimum standards as determined by the Department. Standards determined by the Department shall not exceed the standards required by law enforcement.
Added by Laws 1998, c. 384, § 2, emerg. eff. June 9, 1998. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 326, § 1, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2002, c. 488, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 46, § 5, emerg. eff. April 8, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 195, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2015, c. 326, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2015.
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