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S.F. No. 2504 - Notice of Early Termination of Emergency Admission
Author: Senator Ron Latz
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Date: March 10, 2016


This bill amends the statute under which a person may be admitted or held for emergency care under the civil commitment law.  The duration of an emergency hold is 72 hours.  The circumstances under which notice must be given if a person was taken into custody by a peace or health officer but is released during the 72-hour hold period are specified.

Section 1 requires the peace or health officer who applies for an emergency admission to provide the officer’s name, employing agency, and telephone number or other contact information for purposes of receiving notice of an early release.

Section 2 expands the scope of the notice requirement under current law, which refers only to release of a person during a 72-hour hold.  Notice would also be required if a person is discharged or leaves the facility without the consent of the head of the treatment facility.

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