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27A-10-21. Referral to mobile crisis team or crisis intervention team certified law enforcement officer--Voluntary resolution or placement.

If any law enforcement officer or qualified mental health professional in a clinic or hospital has probable cause to believe that a person requires emergency nonmedical intervention pursuant to § 27A-10-1, as an alternative to a petition for commitment pursuant to chapter 27A-10, or apprehension and transfer to an appropriate regional facility pursuant to § 27A-10-3, the officer or qualified mental health professional may refer the person to any member of a mobile crisis team or crisis intervention team certified law enforcement officer. If any member of the mobile crisis team or the crisis intervention team certified law enforcement officer accepts in writing, in paper form or in electronic form, either direct supervision of the person or direct engagement with the person through real-time interactive audio and video, the member or officer may:

(1)    Resolve the intervention on a voluntary basis, at the clinic or hospital, at the person's home, or other location, or with the assistance of any public or private community service that the patient is willing to accept. Any team member may request the assistance of law enforcement for the voluntary transfer of the person; or

(2)    Direct that the law enforcement officer proceed with the apprehension of the person and transport the person to either:

(a)    An appropriate regional facility for an emergency intervention and a mental illness examination as provided in § 27A-10-6; or

(b)    An approved treatment facility offering detoxification services for chemical dependency emergencies as provided in §§ 34-20A-55 and 34-20A-56.

Source: SL 2010, ch 142, § 1; SL 2013, ch 122, § 5; SL 2020, ch 111, § 3, eff. Mar. 12, 2020.


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