Spec. Dist. Local Laws Code Section 1084.109
Payment for Treatment; Procedures
(a)When a patient who resides in the district is admitted to a district facility, the district administrator may 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)If the district administrator determines that the patient or those relatives cannot pay all or part of the costs of the care and treatment in the hospital, the amount of the costs that cannot be paid becomes a charge against the district.
(c)If the district administrator determines 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 the district a specified amount each week for the patient’s support. The amount ordered must be proportionate to the person’s financial ability.
(d)The district may collect the amount from the estate of the patient, 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)The board may institute a suit to collect an amount owed to the district by a patient who has not been determined to be unable to pay under this section.
(f)If there is a dispute as to the ability to pay, or doubt in the mind of the district administrator, the board shall hold a hearing and, after calling witnesses, shall:
(1)resolve the dispute or doubt; and
(2)issue an appropriate order.
Section 1084.109 — Payment for Treatment; Procedures,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SD/htm/SD.1084.htm#1084.109 (accessed Dec. 9, 2023).