The Vermont Statutes Online
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§ 7259. Mental Health Care Ombudsman
(a) The Department of Mental Health shall establish the Office of the Mental Health Care Ombudsman within the agency designated by the Governor as the protection and advocacy system for the State pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 10801 et seq. The agency may execute the duties of the Office of the Mental Health Care Ombudsman, including authority to assist individuals with mental health conditions and to advocate for policy issues on their behalf; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed to impose any additional duties on the agency in excess of the requirements under federal law.
(b) The agency may provide a report annually to the General Assembly regarding the implementation of this section.
(c) In the event the protection and advocacy system ceases to provide federal funding to the agency for the purposes described in this section, the General Assembly may allocate sufficient funds to maintain the Office of the Mental Health Care Ombudsman.
(d) The Department of Mental Health shall provide a copy of the certificate of need for all emergency involuntary procedures performed on a person in the custody or temporary custody of the Commissioner to the Office of the Mental Health Care Ombudsman on a monthly basis. (Added 2011, No. 171 (Adj. Sess.), § 11f; amended 2013, No. 192 (Adj. Sess.), § 4.)