Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 621Primary Sponsor: PeelerCommittee Number: 13Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Court-committed mentally ill persons, transportingResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Medical AffairsComputer Document Number: 621Introduced Date: Feb 07, 1991Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: Feb 07, 1991Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: PeelerType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 621 Senate Feb 07, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 13 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND SECTION 44-17-440, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF COURT-COMMITTED MENTALLY ILL PERSONS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH INSTEAD OF AN OFFICER OF THE PEACE TO PROVIDE CUSTODY AND TRANSPORT OF PERSONS REQUIRING IMMEDIATE CARE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 44-17-440 is amended to read:
"Section 44-17-440. The certificate required by item (2) of Section 44-17-410(2) shall authorize and require requires any officer of the peace preferably in civilian clothes, the Department of Mental Health to take the individual into custody and transport him to the hospital designated by the certification. No person shall may be taken into custody after the expiration of three days from the date of certification. Any A friend or relative may transport the individual to the mental health facility designated in the application, provided such the friend or relative has read and signed a statement on the certificate which clearly states that it is the responsibility of an officer of the peace the department to provide timely transportation for the patient and that the friend or relative freely chooses to assume such the responsibility. A friend or relative who chooses to transport the patient shall is not be entitled to reimbursement from the State for the cost of such the transportation. Any An officer employee of the department acting in accordance with the provisions of this article shall be is immune from civil liability."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.