Spec. Dist. Local Laws Code Section 1017.114
Payment for Treatment; Procedures
(a)When a person who resides in the district is admitted as a patient to a district facility, the district administrator may have an inquiry made into the financial circumstances of:
(1)the patient; and
(2)a relative of the patient who is legally responsible for the patient’s support.
(b)To the extent that a patient or a relative of the patient legally responsible for the patient’s support cannot pay for care and treatment provided by the district, the district shall supply the care and treatment without charging the patient or the patient’s relative.
(c)On determining that the patient or a relative legally responsible for the patient’s support can pay for all or any part of the care and treatment provided by the district, the district administrator shall report that determination to the board, and the board shall issue an order directing the patient or the relative to pay the district a specified amount each week. The amount must be based on the person’s ability to pay.
(d)The district administrator may collect the amount owed to the district from the patient’s estate or from that of a relative who was legally responsible for the patient’s support in the manner provided by law for collection of expenses in the last illness of a deceased person.
(e)If there is a dispute relating to a person’s ability to pay or if the district administrator has any doubt concerning a person’s ability to pay, the board shall:
(2)hear and resolve the question; and
(3)issue a final order.
(f)The final order of the board may be appealed to a district court in Culberson County. The substantial evidence rule applies to the appeal.
Section 1017.114 — Payment for Treatment; Procedures,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SD/htm/SD.1017.htm#1017.114 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).