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  • NJ A3138
  • Requires psychiatrists to complete screening certificates no later than 12 hours after completion of screening documents.
Introduced
(2/22/2016)
In Committee
(2/22/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
If a person is referred for psychiatric treatment by a screening facility, that person may be admitted to a psychiatric facility, for no more than 72 hours after the referral. Prior to admittance to the psychiatric facility, the screening facility may detain the person for 24 hours. During the 24-hour time period, the person is assessed by a mental health screener and a screening document is prepared. The facility may also institute an action for a temporary order for involuntary commitment to treatment by filing with the court, a screening certificate completed by a psychiatrist affiliated with the screening facility. Currently, a screening certificate is required to be completed within 72 hours of the preparation of the screening document by a mental health screener. Once the screening certificate is completed, the person is transferred to a psychiatric facility for treatment and the facility can initiate an action for involuntary commitment. This bill amends section 5 of P.L.1987, c.116 (C.30:4-27.5) to require that when a person is assessed by a mental health screener at a screening facility, and the person is found to be in need of involuntary commitment to treatment, a psychiatrist will complete a screening certificate no later than 12 hours after a screening document has been prepared. This bill was drafted in response to the sponsor's concerns that if a screening certificate is not signed immediately after a mental health screener has prepared a screening document, a person could be indefinitely detained at a screening center. This could result in the person not being admitted to a psychiatric facility within the statutorily mandated 72-hour time period.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 2/22/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/22/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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