New York Consolidated Laws, Correction Law - COR § 140. Provision for routine medical, dental and mental health services and treatment

1. Where an inmate who is not yet eighteen years of age has been committed or transferred to the custody of the department and no medical consent has been obtained prior to commitment or transfer, the commitment order shall be deemed to grant to the minor the capacity to consent to routine medical, dental and mental health services and treatment to such an individual.

2. Subject to the regulations of the department of health, routine medical, dental and mental health services and treatment is defined for the purposes of this section to mean any routine diagnosis or treatment, including without limitation the administration of medications or nutrition, the extraction of bodily fluids for analysis, and dental care performed with a local anesthetic.  Routine mental health treatment shall not include psychiatric administration of medication unless it is part of an ongoing mental health plan or unless it is otherwise authorized by law.

3. (a) At any time prior to the date the inmate becomes eighteen years of age, the inmate's parent or legal guardian may institute legal proceedings pursuant to section 70.20 of the penal law objecting to the provision of routine medical, dental or mental health services and treatment being provided to the inmate.

(b) Such notice of motion shall be served on the inmate, the facility and the department not less than seven days prior to the return date of the motion.  The persons on whom the notice of motion is served shall answer the motion not less than two days before the return date.  On examining the motion and answer and, in its discretion, after hearing argument, the court shall enter an order, granting or denying the motion.

4. Nothing in this section shall preclude an inmate from consenting on his or her own behalf to any medical, dental or mental health service and treatment where otherwise authorized by law to do so.


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