Texas Health and Safety Code

Sec. § 534.0535
Joint Discharge Planning


The executive commissioner shall adopt, and the department shall enforce, rules that require continuity of services and planning for patient care between department facilities and local mental health authorities.


At a minimum, the rules must require joint discharge planning between a department facility and a local mental health authority before a facility discharges a patient or places the patient on an extended furlough with an intent to discharge.


The local mental health authority shall plan with the department facility and determine the appropriate community services for the patient.


The local mental health authority shall arrange for the provision of the services if department funds are to be used and may subcontract with or make a referral to a local agency or entity.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 107, Sec. 6.30, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.
Amended by:
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 3.1336, eff. April 2, 2015.

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