(a) A person may not operate a private, inpatient facility unless licensed by the
(b) A person who operates a private, inpatient facility in violation of this section
is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $10,000.
(c) An employee, officer, operator, or director of a private, inpatient facility or
any other person, who knowingly participates in a violation of this section, is guilty
of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or imprisonment
not exceeding 1 year or both.
(d) In addition to any other penalties specified in this section, an individual who
is admitted or held against the individual's will by a person who is operating a private,
inpatient facility without a license may recover civil damages from that person and
from any other person who knowingly participates in the admission or detention.
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