CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
16-2413. Emergency admission and treatment facility determination. Upon the presentation of a child to a treatment facility pursuant to section 16-2411, Idaho Code, the facility shall accept the child and shall promptly examine him to determine whether he meets the criteria for emergency evaluation and treatment set forth below.
(1) The child shall be admitted for emergency evaluation and treatment only if a clinician with authority to admit the child determines that there is probable cause to believe that such child is suffering from serious emotional disturbance as a result of which he is likely to:
(a) Harm himself or others; or
(b) Suffer substantial mental or physical deterioration; or
(c) Cause harm to others and immediate treatment is necessary to prevent such harm; and
(d) Less restrictive alternatives have been considered and the placement and treatment proposed is consistent with the least restrictive alternative principle.
(2) If the examining physician determines that there is not probable cause to believe that the child meets the criteria for emergency evaluation and treatment, the child shall be released to his parents who shall arrange transportation. If the child was presented to the treatment facility by a law enforcement officer and was otherwise subject to detention for a juvenile or criminal offense, he shall remain under the protective custody of the law enforcement officer. The treatment facility shall notify the law enforcement officer and detain the child until law enforcement responds to transport the child to detention.
(3) The treatment facility shall advise any child admitted for emergency evaluation and treatment of the purposes and possible duration of emergency evaluation and of his rights under this chapter as soon after admission as his medical condition permits in the manner prescribed in section 16-2426, Idaho Code.
[16-2413, added 1997, ch. 404, sec. 1, p. 1289.]