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Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 28, § 52.4. Admission by relative or legal guardian for substance-related or addictive disorder treatment

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A. A person suffering from a substance-related or addictive disorder may be admitted and detained at a hospital or other treatment facility for observation, diagnosis, and treatment for a medically necessary period when a parent, spouse, legal guardian, or the major child of the person if that child has attained the age of eighteen years has admitted the person or caused him to be admitted pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 28:53.2.

B. At the time of admission of the person, the parent, spouse, legal guardian, or the major child of the person if that child has attained the age of eighteen years shall execute or provide a written statement of facts, including personal observations, leading to the conclusion that the person is suffering from a substance-related or addictive disorder and is dangerous to himself or others or is gravely disabled, specifically describing any dangerous acts or threats, and stating that the person has been encouraged to seek treatment but is unwilling to be evaluated on a voluntary basis.

C. As soon as practicable, but in no event more than twelve hours after admission to the hospital or other treatment facility, a physician shall examine the person and either execute an emergency certificate in accordance with R.S. 28:53(B) or order the person discharged.  If an emergency certificate is executed, the physician or the director or administrator of the hospital or other treatment facility shall immediately notify the coroner, and the coroner or his deputy shall conduct an independent examination, in accordance with R.S. 28:53(G).  If the coroner or his deputy executes a second emergency certificate, the person may be detained for treatment for a medically necessary period.  Otherwise, he shall be discharged.

D. Except as inconsistent with the provisions of this Section, all other provisions of this Part applicable to persons admitted by emergency certificate shall be applicable to persons admitted pursuant to this Section.

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