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Mental Illness

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A mentally ill person or person suffering from substance abuse who does not have the capacity to make a knowing and voluntary consent to a voluntary admission status and who does not object to his admission to a treatment facility may be admitted to a treatment facility as a noncontested admission. Such person shall be subject to the same rules and regulations as a person admitted on a voluntary admission status. A noncontested admission may be made by a physician to a treatment facility in order to initiate a complete diagnostic and evaluative study. The diagnosis and evaluation shall include complete medical, social, and psychological studies and, when medically indicated, any other scientific study which may be necessary in order to make decisions relative to the treatment needs of the patient. In the absence of specified medical reasons, the diagnostic studies shall be completed in fourteen days. Following a review of the diagnostic evaluation study, the director of the treatment facility shall determine if the person is to remain on noncontested status, is to be discharged, is to be converted to formal or informal voluntary status, or is to be involuntarily hospitalized. A person admitted may object to his admission at any time. If the person informs a staff member of his desire to object to his admission, a staff member shall assist him in preparing and submitting a valid written objection to the director. Upon receipt of a valid objection, the director shall release the person within seventy-two hours unless proceedings are institute. In no case shall a patient remain on noncontested status longer than three months. Within that time, the patient must be converted to either a formal or an informal voluntary status, or be involuntarily hospitalized.