Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-14-04-.07 - COMMITMENT TO THE CUSTODY OF THE COMMISSIONER

(1) Review prior to a petition for commitment. Before petitioning the General Sessions Court to commit a person to the custody of the Commissioner pursuant to Section 1200-14-.4-.06(2) (g-h), the health officer seeking the petition shall notify the Chief Medical Officer or his/her physician designee from the Health Services Administration and shall present the underlying facts upon which the commitment is sought. This notification shall occur prior to petitioning the court, except in compelling extreme and unusual circumstances, in which event the notification shall occur as soon as possible thereafter. The Chief Medical Officer or designated physician from the Health Services Administration shall review the underlying facts, obtain consultations as necessary, and shall promptly (i.e., within twenty-four (24) hours) make a determination regarding the need to submit a petition for commitment.
(2) Review after an order of commitment. When the General Sessions Court orders a person to be committed to the custody of the Commissioner for placement in an approved health care facility or other supervised living situation, the Chief Medical Officer or his/her physician designee shall review the treatment plan and written progress reports with the appropriate health officer and shall make a determination regarding the need for continued commitment or supervised living. At least every ninety-two (92) days (or more frequently if ordered by the court), the Chief Medical Officer or his/her physician designee shall send a written notification to the person or to the person's legal guardian or representative and to the appropriate health officer regarding the determination as to whether continued commitment or supervised living is needed.
(3) Duration of Commitment. A person shall not be committed to the custody of the Commissioner for placement in an institutional facility or other supervised living situation for a period longer than six (6) months unless a petition for continued commitment is filed with the General Sessions Court having jurisdiction of the matter, in which case the commitment shall continue until a hearing on the petition has been held and the court has issued an order. The Commissioner or health officer may petition the court for an order of continued commitment for as many times as necessary for the protection of the public health, and the court may order continued commitment if reasonable cause exists, based on sound clinical or epidemiological evidence, to believe that there is a substantial likelihood that the carrier poses a health threat to others, by clear and convincing evidence, if released.

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Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-14-04-.07
Original rule filed January 11, 1994; effective March 27, 1994. Repeal and new rule filed March 30, 2004; effective July 29, 2004.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-3-1803(1), (3), (4), and (10), 4-5-202, 68-1-103, 68-1-104, 68-1-201, and 68-5-104.

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