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Title 18 : Health


(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 7503)
  • § 7503. Application for voluntary admission

    (a) Any person 14 years of age or over may apply for voluntary admission to a designated hospital for examination and treatment.

    (b) Before the person may be admitted as a voluntary patient, the person shall give consent in writing on a form adopted by the Department. The consent shall include a representation that:

    (1) the person understands that treatment will involve inpatient status;

    (2) the person desires to be admitted to the hospital;

    (3) the person consents to admission voluntarily, without any coercion or duress; and

    (4) the person understands that inpatient treatment may be on a locked unit, and a requested discharge may be deferred if the treating physician determines that the person is a person in need of treatment pursuant to section 7101 of this title.

    (c) If the person is under 14 years of age, he or she may be admitted as a voluntary patient if he or she consents to admission, as provided in subsection (b) of this section, and if a parent or guardian makes written application. (Added 1967, No. 305 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1968; amended 1977, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), § 6; 2021, No. 30, § 1.)