Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code
Sec. § 137.007
Use and Effect of Declaration for Mental Health Treatment


(a)

On being presented with a declaration for mental health treatment, a physician or other health care provider shall make the declaration a part of the principal’s medical record. When acting in accordance with a declaration for mental health treatment, a physician or other health care provider shall comply with the declaration to the fullest extent possible.

(b)

If a physician or other provider is unwilling at any time to comply with a declaration for mental health treatment, the physician or provider may withdraw from providing treatment consistent with the exercise of independent medical judgment and must promptly:

(1)

make a reasonable effort to transfer care for the principal to a physician or provider who is willing to comply with the declaration;

(2)

notify the principal, or principal’s guardian, if appropriate, of the decision to withdraw; and

(3)

record in the principal’s medical record the notification and, if applicable, the name of the physician or provider to whom the principal is transferred.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1318, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 464, Sec. 2, eff. June 18, 1999.
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