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Title XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

Chapter 211

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  211.202.  Mentally disordered children, evaluation — disposition — review by court. — 1.  If a child under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court appears to be mentally disordered, other than intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled, the court, on its own motion or on the motion or petition of any interested party, may order the department of mental health to evaluate the child.

  2.  A mental health facility designated by the department of mental health shall perform within twenty days an evaluation of the child, on an outpatient basis if practicable, for the purpose of determining whether inpatient admission is appropriate because the following criteria are met:

  (1)  The child has a mental disorder other than intellectual disability or developmental disability, as all these terms are defined in chapter 630;

  (2)  The child requires inpatient care and treatment for the protection of himself or others;

  (3)  A mental health facility offers a program suitable for the child's needs;

  (4)  A mental health facility is the least restrictive environment as the term "least restrictive environment" is defined in chapter 630.

  3.  If the facility determines, as a result of the evaluation, that it is appropriate to admit the child as an inpatient, the head of the mental health facility, or his designee, shall recommend the child for admission, subject to the availability of suitable accommodations, and send the juvenile court notice of the recommendation and a copy of the evaluation.  Should the department evaluation recommend inpatient care, the child, his parent, guardian or counsel shall have the right to request an independent evaluation of the child.  Within twenty days of the receipt of the notice and evaluation by the facility, or within twenty days of the receipt of the notice and evaluation from the independent examiner, the court may order, pursuant to a hearing, the child committed to the custody of the department of mental health for inpatient care and treatment, or may otherwise dispose of the matter; except, that no child shall be committed to a mental health facility under this section for other than care and treatment.

  4.  If the facility determines, as a result of the evaluation, that inpatient admission is not appropriate, the head of the mental health facility, or his designee, shall not recommend the child for admission as an inpatient.  The head of the facility, or his designee, shall send to the court a notice that inpatient admission is not appropriate, along with a copy of the evaluation, within twenty days of completing the evaluation.  If the child was evaluated on an inpatient basis, the juvenile court shall transfer the child from the department of mental health within twenty days of receipt of the notice and evaluation or set the matter for hearing within twenty days, giving notice of the hearing to the director of the facility as well as all others required by law.

  5.  If at any time the facility determines that it is no longer appropriate to provide inpatient care and treatment for the child committed by the juvenile court, but that such child appears to qualify for placement under section 630.610, the head of the facility shall refer such child for placement.  Subject to the availability of an appropriate placement, the department of mental health shall place any child who qualifies for placement under section 630.610.  If no appropriate placement is available, the department of mental health shall discharge the child or make such other arrangements as it may deem appropriate and consistent with the child's welfare and safety.  Notice of the placement or discharge shall be sent to the juvenile court which first ordered the child's detention.

  6.  The committing juvenile court shall conduct an annual review of the child's need for continued placement in the mental health facility.

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(L. 1980 H.B. 1724, A.L. 2011 H.B. 555 merged with H.B. 648, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1064)


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