2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 43A. Mental Health
§43A-7-101. Discharge or permission to leave facility - Outpatient status - Notification of discharge - Expense of returning to facility - Procedure.
A. The person in charge of a facility within the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall discharge a consumer or permit the consumer to leave the facility as provided in this section.
B. The person in charge shall discharge a consumer:
1. Who is no longer a risk to self or others as defined in Section 1-103 of this title;
2. Who is capable of surviving safely in freedom alone or with the help of other state agencies, private entities, or willing and responsible family members or friends; provided, however, nothing in this section or Section 7-102 of this title shall be construed as requiring any state agency or private entity to provide services except as voluntarily agreed to by the agency and consumer; and
3. For whom a discharge plan has been developed pursuant to the provisions of Section 7-102 of this title.
C. The person in charge may grant a convalescent leave or visiting status to a consumer in accordance with policies prescribed by the Commissioner. The facility granting a convalescent leave or visiting status to a consumer has no responsibility in returning the consumer to the facility should such become necessary. A convalescent leave or visiting status may be granted rather than a discharge when the complete recovery of the consumer can be determined only by permitting the consumer to leave the facility. The person in charge shall discharge a consumer who has not returned to the facility within twelve (12) months from the time a convalescent leave or visiting status was granted. Any return from convalescent leave or visiting status must be on a voluntary basis.
D. In accordance with policies prescribed by the Commissioner, a person in charge may transfer a consumer to an outpatient or other nonhospital status when, in the opinion of the person in charge, such transfer will not be detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to the consumer and the necessary treatment may be continued on that basis; provided however, that before transferring the consumer, the person in charge shall ensure that appropriate financial resources and appropriate services are available to receive and care for such consumer after such transfer.
E. The person in charge of the facility shall notify the court that committed the consumer that the consumer has been discharged. Such notification shall be within forty-eight (48) hours after the actual discharge.
F. The expense of returning a consumer from convalescent leave, outpatient status or visiting status shall be that of:
1. The party removing the consumer from the facility; or
2. The Department. When it becomes necessary for the consumer to be returned from the county where the consumer happens to be, the Department shall reimburse the county pursuant to the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act.
G. In the event authorization is necessary to accomplish the return of the consumer to the facility, such authority is hereby vested in the judge of the district court in the county where the consumer is located. Upon receipt of notice that the consumer needs to be returned to the facility, the judge shall cause the consumer to be brought before the court by issuance of a citation directed to the consumer to appear and show cause why the consumer should not be returned to the facility. The judge shall, if clear and convincing evidence is presented by testimony under oath that the consumer should be returned to the facility, enter an order returning the consumer. If there is a lack of clear and convincing evidence showing the necessity of such return, the consumer shall immediately be released. Law enforcement officers are authorized to take into custody, detain and transport a consumer pursuant to a citation or an order of the judge of the district court.
H. An attending physician of any consumer admitted to a private facility may discharge a consumer or permit the consumer to leave the facility subject to the same provisions applicable to the discharge or release of a consumer by the person in charge of a state facility.
Added by Laws 1953, p. 167, § 73, emerg. eff. June 3, 1953. Amended by Laws 1959, p. 189, § 5, emerg. eff. June 27, 1959; Laws 1965, c. 295, § 1, emerg. eff. June 24, 1965; Laws 1980, c. 227, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980; Laws 1986, c. 35, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1986. Renumbered from § 73 of this title by Laws 1986, c. 103, § 103, eff. Nov. 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 368, § 1, eff. Nov 1, 1989; Laws 2001, c. 186, § 16, eff. Nov. 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 46, § 39, emerg. eff. April 8, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 150, § 55, emerg. eff. May 9, 2005; Laws 2005, c. 195, § 27, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.
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