2021 Tennessee Code
Title 33 - Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 6 - Mental Health Service
Part 3 - Persons With Severe Impairments
§ 33-6-301. “Severe Impairment” Defined

Universal Citation: TN Code § 33-6-301 (2021)

For purposes of this part, unless the context requires otherwise, “severe impairment” means a condition in which an adult or an emancipated child:

  1. As a result of a mental illness or serious emotional disturbance:

    1. Is in danger of serious physical harm resulting from the person's failure to provide for the person's essential human needs of health or safety; or

    2. Manifests severe deterioration in routine functioning evidenced by repeated and escalating loss of cognitive or volitional control over the person's actions; and

  2. Is not receiving care that is essential for the person's health or safety.
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