2010 Tennessee Code
Title 33 - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 3 - General Rules Applicable to Service Recipients
Part 3 - Transfers of Residential Service Recipients
33-3-303 - Transfer of nonresident.

33-3-303. Transfer of nonresident.

(a)  The commissioner may provide for and authorize the transportation and transfer from the state to the service recipient's state of residence of a person with mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or developmental disability who is a resident of a state not party to the Interstate Compact on Mental Health, if the nonparty state has reciprocal statutes conferring similar authority and if the service recipient meets the applicable standards for service under this title other than any requirement of being a state resident.

(b)  (1)  Subject to the availability of suitable accommodations, a nonresident person with mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or developmental disability may be hospitalized or admitted under this title for observation, diagnosis and treatment, but in no case for a period longer than thirty (30) days, pending transfer to the state of residence.

     (2)  However, the commissioner may designate certain nonresident persons with mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or developmental disabilities, not to exceed a total of one hundred (100), as “commissioner's service recipients,” who because of their nonresident status in Tennessee are not entitled to hospitalization or admission in this state, but who, having families residing in the state, may be eligible for psychiatric hospitalization or admission, care and treatment for compassionate reasons.

[Acts 1955, ch. 187, § 1; 1965, ch. 38, § 26; 1965, ch. 295, § 1; 1974, ch. 802, § 32; 1975, ch. 248, § 1; T.C.A., §§ 33-319, 33-1101; Acts 2000, ch. 947, § 1.]  

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