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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 189 : Release and Discharge

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 8008)
  • § 8008. Revocation of conditional discharge

    (a) The Board or the head of the hospital may revoke a conditional discharge at any time before that discharge becomes absolute if the patient fails to comply with the conditions of the discharge.

    (b) A revocation by the Board or the head of the hospital shall authorize the return of the patient to the hospital and shall be sufficient warrant for a law enforcement officer or mental health professional to take the patient into custody and return him or her to the hospital from which he or she was conditionally discharged.

    (c) Immediately upon his or her return to the hospital, the patient shall be examined by a physician who shall orally explain to the patient the purpose of the examination and the reasons why the patient was returned to the hospital.

    (d) If the examining physician certifies in writing to the head of the hospital that, in his or her opinion, the patient is a person in need of treatment, setting forth the recent and relevant facts supporting this opinion, the revocation shall become effective and the patient shall be readmitted to the hospital. If the examining physician does not so certify, the revocation shall be cancelled and the patient shall be returned to the place from which he or she was taken.

    (e) If the patient is readmitted to the hospital, he or she may apply immediately for a judicial review of his or her admission, and he or she shall be given a written notice of this right and of his or her right to legal counsel. (Added 1977, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), § 33.)