Texas Health and Safety Code - HEALTH & SAFETY § 242.847. Authorized Electronic Monitoring:  General Provisions




(a) An institution shall permit a resident or the resident's guardian or legal representative to monitor the room of the resident through the use of electronic monitoring devices.

(b) The institution shall require a resident who conducts authorized electronic monitoring or the resident's guardian or legal representative to post and maintain a conspicuous notice at the entrance to the resident's room.  The notice must state that the room is being monitored by an electronic monitoring device.

(c) Authorized electronic monitoring conducted under this subchapter is not compulsory and may be conducted only at the request of the resident or the resident's guardian or legal representative.

(d) An institution may not refuse to admit an individual to residency in the institution and may not remove a resident from the institution because of a request to conduct authorized electronic monitoring.  An institution may not remove a resident from the institution because covert electronic monitoring is being conducted by or on behalf of a resident.

(e) An institution shall make reasonable physical accommodation for authorized electronic monitoring, including:

(1) providing a reasonably secure place to mount the video surveillance camera or other electronic monitoring device;  and

(2) providing access to power sources for the video surveillance camera or other electronic monitoring device.

(f) The resident or the resident's guardian or legal representative must pay for all costs associated with conducting electronic monitoring, other than the costs of electricity.  The resident or the resident's guardian or legal representative is responsible for:

(1) all costs associated with installation of equipment;  and

(2) maintaining the equipment.

(g) An institution may require an electronic monitoring device to be installed in a manner that is safe for residents, employees, or visitors who may be moving about the room.  The executive commissioner may adopt rules regarding the safe placement of an electronic monitoring device.

(h) If authorized electronic monitoring is conducted, the institution may require the resident or the resident's guardian or legal representative to conduct the electronic monitoring in plain view.

(i) An institution may but is not required to place a resident in a different room to accommodate a request to conduct authorized electronic monitoring.


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