83-338. State hospitals for the mentally ill; order of admission when facilities are limited.

If at any time it becomes necessary, for lack of capacity or other cause, to establish priorities for the admission of patients into the state hospitals for the mentally ill, the following priorities for admission shall be recognized: (1) Patients whose care in the state hospital is necessary in order to protect the public health and safety; (2) patients committed by a mental health board under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act or the Sex Offender Commitment Act or by a district court; (3) patients who are most likely to be benefited by treatment in the state hospitals, regardless of whether such patients are committed by a mental health board or whether such patients seek voluntary admission to one of the state hospitals; and (4) when cases are equally meritorious, in all other respects, patients who are indigent.

Source:G.S.1873, c. 31, § 37, p. 420; R.S.1913, § 7263; C.S.1922, § 6920; C.S.1929, § 83-725; R.S.1943, § 83-338; Laws 1947, c. 335, § 28, p. 1068; Laws 2004, LB 1083, § 134; Laws 2006, LB 1199, § 100.

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