Spec. Dist. Local Laws Code Section 1043.112
Payment for Treatment; Procedures
(a)When a patient is admitted to a district facility, the board shall have an inquiry made into the circumstances of:
(1)the patient; and
(2)the patient’s relatives who are legally liable for the patient’s support.
(b)The district without charge shall provide to a patient who resides in the district the care and treatment that the patient or a relative of the patient who is legally responsible for the patient’s support cannot pay.
(c)If it is determined that the patient or those relatives are liable to pay for all or part of the costs of the patient’s care and treatment, the patient or those relatives shall be ordered to pay to the district’s treasurer a specified amount each week for the patient’s support. The amount ordered must be proportionate to the person’s financial ability and may not exceed the actual per capita cost of maintenance.
(d)The district may collect the amount from the patient’s estate, or from any relative who is legally liable for the patient’s support, in the manner provided by law for the collection of expenses of the last illness of a deceased person.
(e)If there is a dispute as to the ability to pay, or doubt in the mind of the district’s designated agent, the board shall hold a hearing and, after calling witnesses, shall:
(1)resolve the dispute or doubt; and
(2)issue an appropriate order.
(f)Either party to the dispute may appeal the order to the district court.
Section 1043.112 — Payment for Treatment; Procedures,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SD/htm/SD.1043.htm#1043.112 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).