STATE CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS
HOSPITALIZATION OF MENTALLY ILL
66-327. Responsibility for costs of commitment and care of patients. (a) All costs associated with the commitment proceedings, including fees of designated examiners, transportation costs and all medical, psychiatric and hospital costs not included in subsection (c) of this section, shall be the responsibility of the person subject to judicial proceedings authorized by this chapter or such person’s spouse, adult children, or, if indigent, the county of such person’s residence after all personal, family and third party resources, including medical assistance provided under the state plan for medicaid as authorized by title XIX of the social security act, as amended, are considered. In proceedings authorized by this chapter, the court shall consider the indigency of persons subject to proceedings authorized by this chapter, in light of such person’s income and resources, and if such person is able to pay all or part of such costs, the court shall order such person to pay all or any part of such costs. If the court determines such person is unable to pay all or any part of such costs, the court shall fix responsibility, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 35, title 31, Idaho Code, for payment of such costs on the county of such person’s residence to the extent not paid by such person or not covered by third party resources, including medical assistance as aforesaid. The amount of payment by a county shall be the medicaid rate, or pursuant to the provisions of any contract between a provider and an obligated county, or if the facility providing the services is a freestanding mental health facility, then the reimbursement rate will be the medicaid rate, for a hospital as defined by section 39-1301(a), Idaho Code, that provides services within the nearest proximity of the mental health facility. Such costs fixed by the court shall be based upon the time services were provided.
(b) An order of commitment pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be sufficient to require the release of all pertinent information related to the committed person, to the court and obligated county, within the restrictions of all applicable federal and state laws.
(c) The department of health and welfare shall assume responsibility for costs after the involuntary patient is committed to the custody of the state of Idaho, beginning on the day after the director receives notice that a person has been committed into the custody of the department, until the involuntary patient is discharged and after all personal, family and third party resources are considered in accordance with section 66-354, Idaho Code. The counties shall be responsible for mental health costs as defined in subsection (a) of this section if the individual is not transported within twenty-four (24) hours of receiving written notice of admission availability to a state facility. For purposes of this section, "costs" shall include routine board, room and support services rendered at a facility of the department of health and welfare; routine physical, medical, psychological and psychiatric examination and testing; group and individual therapy, psychiatric treatment, medication and medical care which can be provided at a facility of the department of health and welfare. The term " costs" shall not include neurological evaluation, CAT scan, surgery, medical treatment, any other item or service not provided at a facility of the department of health and welfare, or witness fees and expenses for court appearances. For the purposes of this section, the notice to the department may be faxed or mailed.
[66-327, added 1981, ch. 114, sec. 16, p. 181; am. 2000, ch. 161, sec. 1, p. 409; am. 2012, ch. 203, sec. 1, p. 543.]