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      CHC 1427     


Art. 1427. Authority to transport and detain

            A. An emergency certificate shall constitute legal authority to transport a patient to a treatment facility and shall permit the director of such treatment facility to detain the minor patient for diagnosis and treatment for a period not to exceed fifteen days, and to return him to the facility if he is absent with or without permission during authorized periods of detention.

            B. If necessary, peace officers shall apprehend and transport, or ambulance services, under appropriate circumstances, may locate and transport a minor patient on whom an emergency certificate has been completed to a treatment facility at the request of either the director of the facility, the certifying physician, the minor's next of kin or tutor, or the agency legally responsible for his welfare.

            C.(1) In addition to other persons authorized by this Article to transport to a treatment facility a child in whose name an emergency certificate has been issued, any of the following persons may also accompany the child during such transportation:

            (a) A parent, including a foster parent, subject to the conditions of Subparagraph (2) of this Paragraph.

            (b) A legal guardian.

            (c) A Department of Children and Family Services case worker.

            (2) A biological parent of a child in foster care shall accompany the child only if approved by the Department of Children and Family Services.

            Acts 1991, No. 235, §14, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 2016, No. 642, §1.

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