215.022 Physician-Initiated Mental Health Holds

215.022

Physician-Initiated Mental Health Holds: The Texas Medical Association (1) supports activities, including legislation, that give a physician the authority to hold, until such time a judge or justice of the peace can hear the case, a person who is suffering from mental illness and exhibits a substantial risk of serious harm to himself or others in order to evaluate and coordinate care for that patient; and (2) will work with interested parties, including patient advocacy groups, other medical care organizations, law enforcement, the mental health community, and the legal community, to ensure that there is no increased medical liability exposure or criminal exposure to the physician who places a patient in a mental health hold when the physician's professional judgment is in the patient's best interest (Amended Res. 102-A-13).

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October 07, 2016