STATE CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS
HOSPITALIZATION OF MENTALLY ILL
66-318. Authority to admit voluntary patients -- Denial of admission. (1) The director of any facility may admit as a voluntary patient the following persons for observation, diagnosis, evaluation, care or treatment of mental illness:
(a) Any person who is eighteen (18) years of age or older;
(b) Any individual fourteen (14) to eighteen (18) years of age who may apply to be admitted for observation, diagnosis, evaluation, care or treatment and the facility director will notify the parent, parents or guardian of the individual of the admission; a parent or guardian may apply for the individual's release and the facility director will release the patient within three (3) days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, of the application for discharge, unless the time period for diagnosis, evaluation, care or treatment is extended pursuant to section 66-320, Idaho Code;
(c) Any emancipated minor;
(d) Any individual under fourteen (14) years of age upon application of the individual's parent or guardian, provided that admission to an inpatient facility shall require a recommendation for admission by a designated examiner;
(e) Any individual who lacks capacity to make informed decisions about treatment upon application of the individual's guardian; provided that admission to an inpatient facility shall require a recommendation for admission by a designated examiner; or
(2) The director of any facility must refuse admission to any applicant under this section whenever:
(a) The applicant is determined not to be in need of observation, diagnosis, evaluation, care or treatment at the facility;
(b) The applicant is determined to lack capacity to make informed decisions about treatment unless the application is made by a guardian with authority to consent to treatment; or
(c) The applicant's welfare or the welfare of society, or both, are better protected by the provisions of section 66-329, Idaho Code.
[66-318, added 1951, ch. 290, sec. 2, p. 622; am. 1959, ch. 207, sec. 2, p. 439; am. 1972, ch. 44, sec. 2, p. 67; am. 1973, ch. 173, sec. 2, p. 363; am. 1981, ch. 114, sec. 10, p. 175; am. 2004, ch. 23, sec. 9, p. 30; am. 2006, ch. 214, sec. 3, p. 647.]
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