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(a) If the juvenile court or jury determines under Section 55.32 that a child is unfit to proceed with the juvenile court proceedings for delinquent conduct, the court shall:
(1) if the unfitness to proceed is a result of mental illness or an intellectual disability:
(A) provided that the child meets the commitment criteria under Subtitle C or D, Title 7, Health and Safety Code, 1 order the child placed with the Department of State Health Services or the Department of Aging and Disability Services, as appropriate, for a period of not more than 90 days, which order may not specify a shorter period, for placement in a facility designated by the department; or
(B) on application by the child's parent, guardian, or guardian ad litem, order the child placed in a private psychiatric inpatient facility for a period of not more than 90 days, which order may not specify a shorter period, but only if the placement is agreed to in writing by the administrator of the facility; or
(2) if the unfitness to proceed is a result of mental illness and the court determines that the child may be adequately treated in an alternative setting, order the child to receive treatment for mental illness on an outpatient basis for a period of not more than 90 days, which order may not specify a shorter period.
(b) If the court orders a child placed in a private psychiatric inpatient facility under Subsection (a)(1)(B), the state or a political subdivision of the state may be ordered to pay any costs associated with the child's placement, subject to an express appropriation of funds for the purpose.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Texas Family Code - FAM § 55.33. Proceedings Following Finding of Unfitness to Proceed - last updated April 14, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/family-code/fam-sect-55-33/
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