Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 571.002

The purpose of this subtitle is to provide to each person having severe mental illness access to humane care and treatment by:


facilitating treatment in an appropriate setting;


enabling the person to obtain necessary evaluation, care, treatment, and rehabilitation with the least possible trouble, expense, and embarrassment to the person and the person’s family;


eliminating, if requested, the traumatic effect on the person’s mental health of public trial and criminal-like procedures;


protecting the person’s right to a judicial determination of the person’s need for involuntary treatment;


defining the criteria the state must meet to order involuntary care and treatment;


establishing the procedures to obtain facts, carry out examinations, and make prompt and fair decisions;


safeguarding the person’s legal rights so as to advance and not impede the therapeutic and protective purposes of involuntary care; and


safeguarding the rights of the person who voluntarily requests inpatient care.
Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Source: Section 571.002 — Purpose, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­571.­htm#571.­002 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 571.002’s source at texas​.gov