§9-6-5. Emergency immediate remedial treatment; procedure.

Whenever a circuit court shall find in an action to abate an emergency situation that there is probable cause to believe that a vulnerable adult is in an emergency situation and that the person or persons having the immediate care, custody, and control of such vulnerable adult refuses to take necessary steps to alleviate such emergency, or that such vulnerable adult is without the actual care, custody, and control of any persons, it may issue an order of attachment for such vulnerable adult and direct that the peace officer executing the same deliver such vulnerable adult in his custody to a hospital or other safe place except a jail, for immediate remedial treatment to reduce or avoid the risk of death or serious injury. In the event that an order of attachment is issued pursuant to this section, any peace officer executing the order, and such employees of the department the peace officer directs to accompany him, may enter into the place of abode to remove such vulnerable person, notwithstanding the residence therein of other persons.

If any employee or officer of the department shall by direct observation of a vulnerable adult not in the immediate care, custody, or control of another, have reasonable cause to believe that such vulnerable person is then and there in an emergency situation, then such officer or employee may offer transportation to a hospital or other safe place, other than a jail, to such vulnerable adult for immediate remedial treatment to reduce or avoid the risk of death or serious injury.

Immediately upon delivery of any vulnerable person to such hospital or other safe place, such officer or employee shall apply to the circuit court for and the court shall appoint, and in the case of an attachment the court shall contemporaneously with its issuance appoint, a guardian ad litem who shall not be an employee of the state, nor be an interested party, nor be selected by, nor in the employ of, any interested party, to represent the interests of such vulnerable adult, and the court shall fix a time, not later than one judicial day later, to determine if such remedial treatment shall continue or such vulnerable adult should be released. A copy of that attachment and notice of such hearing shall be served on any person in whose actual care, custody, and control such vulnerable adult is found. If further remedial treatment is required, application shall be promptly made to the county commission or such other proper tribunal for appropriate relief: Provided, That the commitment for further remedial treatment may be continued until proceedings for such appropriate relief be concluded: Provided, however, That application for release from such remedial treatment may be made and granted at any time that the emergency ceases.

Bill History For §9-6-5

1984 Regular Session
Senate Bill 351
1981 Regular Session
Senate Bill 121
1936 First Special Session
House Bill 1