For the purposes of this chapter, facilities shall be maintained by the state for
the care, treatment, and maintenance of the mentally disabled, and the patients may
be maintained and treated in the facilities or in foster family care, and may receive
the services conditioned upon prompt and regular payments for the care, maintenance,
and treatment or for the services in amounts as fixed by the director. In the discretion of the director, the rates so fixed may be the reimbursement rates
or in excess thereof. A preference shall be given to persons whose estate, or the person or persons legally
liable for their support, cannot sufficiently pay for the care and treatment, or for
the services in licensed private facilities or from sources outside the department. The director, in his or her discretion, may accept payments for services at less
than the reimbursement rates, but the acceptance of the lesser payments shall not
release the patient, his or her estate, or relatives, if they have sufficient financial
ability, from the obligation to make up the difference between the amount fixed, accepted,
or paid and the full reimbursement rates.
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