2010 Tennessee Code
Title 33 - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 6 - Mental Health Service
Part 4 - Emergency Involuntary Admission to Inpatient Treatment
33-6-404 - Certificate of need for emergency treatment and transportation.

33-6-404. Certificate of need for emergency treatment and transportation.

IF

     (1)  (A)  a licensed physician, psychologist, or designated professional takes a person into custody under § 33-6-402, OR

          (B)  a person is brought to the physician, psychologist, or designated professional for examination under this section,

THEN

     (2)  the physician, psychologist, or designated professional shall immediately examine the person and decide whether the person is subject to admission to a hospital or treatment resource under § 33-6-403, AND

     (3)  (A)  IF

                (i)  the person is not subject to admission, THEN

                (ii)  the physician, psychologist, or designated professional shall release the person, AND

          (B)  IF

                (i)  the person is subject to admission, THEN

                (ii)  the physician, psychologist, or designated professional shall complete a certificate of need for the emergency diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment showing the factual foundation for the conclusions on each item of § 33-6-403, AND

                (iii)  the physician, psychologist, or designated professional shall assess the person's clinical needs and need for physical restraint or vehicle security and determine the mode of transportation to the hospital in consultation with the mandatory pre-screening agent, other mental health professional familiar with the person, or a knowledgeable family member, AND

                (iv)  if admission is sought at a state-owned or operated hospital or treatment resource, the physician, psychologist or designated professional shall verify that the state-owned or operated hospital or treatment resource has been contacted and has available suitable accommodations, acknowledging such verification in writing.

[Acts 2000, ch. 947, § 1; 2009, ch. 531, § 37.]  

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