2020 Wyoming Statutes
Title 25 - Institutions of the State
Chapter 5 - Life Resource Center
Section 25-5-121 - Rights of Proposed Client and Notified Persons; Confidentiality of Hearing; Admissibility of Screening Reports; Findings by Court or Jury; Amendment of Admission Order.
25-5-121. Rights of proposed client and notified persons; confidentiality of hearing; admissibility of screening reports; findings by court or jury; amendment of admission order.
(a) The proposed client has the right to appear, to be heard and to participate in every stage of the hearing unless the court finds that it would not be in the best interests of the proposed client. The court shall not exclude the proposed client from the hearing unless the application is accompanied by a written statement from a licensed physician and a court designated examiner, appointed at the time of the application, who is in no other manner involved in the proceedings, that attendance at the hearing would injure the proposed client's health and well-being and describing his medical condition.
(b) The proposed client is entitled, upon request, to a jury trial on the issue of his admission. The jury shall be selected pursuant to W.S. 1-11-101 through 1-11-129.
(c) The court shall exclude all persons not having an interest in the application. Unless the court orders an open hearing or the proposed client requests a jury trial, the hearing is confidential and shall be held in closed court.
(d) Any person to whom notice is required to be given by W.S. 25-5-120 may testify and may present and cross-examine witnesses. The court may receive the testimony of other persons in its discretion. The screening and assessment report required by W.S. 25-5-115, and any independent screening and assessment made under W.S. 25-5-119, may be admitted as evidence and shall not be excluded on the ground of hearsay alone.
(e) If the court or jury finds that specific care, treatment and service alternatives are available which are more appropriate than the center for the proposed client, the application shall be denied. If the court or jury finds by clear and convincing evidence that admission to the center would provide the most appropriate services for the proposed client, the court shall order the admission. In case of a nonjury hearing, the court shall enter findings of fact with the order of admission.
(f) The proposed client or if a minor or ward, his parents or guardian or the center may petition the court to amend its order of admission on the grounds that appropriate and necessary services to the proposed client are available in a less restrictive environment than the center. The court may amend its order after notice and hearing pursuant to this act.