§ 3-801. A respondent may request admission as an informal or voluntary recipient at any
time prior to an adjudication that he is subject to involuntary admission on an inpatient
or outpatient basis. The facility director shall approve such a request unless the facility director
determines that the respondent lacks the capacity to consent to informal or voluntary
admission or that informal or voluntary admission is clinically inappropriate. The director shall not find that voluntary admission is clinically inappropriate
in the absence of a documented history of the respondent's illness and treatment demonstrating
that the respondent is unlikely to continue to receive needed treatment following
release from informal or voluntary admission and that an order for involuntary admission
on an outpatient basis is necessary in order to ensure continuity of treatment outside
a mental health facility.
If the facility director approves such a request, the petitioner shall be notified
of the request and of his or her right to object thereto, if the petitioner has requested
such notification on that individual recipient. The court may dismiss the pending proceedings, but shall consider any objection
made by the petitioner, the respondent, or the State's Attorney and may require proof
that such dismissal is in the best interest of the respondent and of the public. If voluntary admission is accepted and the petition is dismissed by the court, notice
shall be provided to the petitioner, orally and in writing, of his or her right to
receive notice of the recipient's discharge pursuant to Section 3-902(d).
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