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§27-8-1. Maintenance of patients; patient assets; reimbursement procedures.

The cost of the maintenance of patients admitted to the state hospitals shall be paid out of funds appropriated for the department, but the state hospitals, through the director of health, shall have a right of reimbursement, for all or any part of such maintenance from each patient or from the committee or guardian of the estate of the patient, or the estate of the patient if deceased, or if that be insufficient, then from the patient's husband or wife, or if the patient be an unemancipated child, the father and mother, or any of them. If such a relative so liable does not reside in this state and has no estate or debts due him within the state by means of which the liability can be enforced against him the other relatives shall be liable as provided by this section. In exercising this right of reimbursement, the director of health may, whenever it is deemed just and expedient to do so, exonerate any person chargeable with such maintenance from the payment thereof in whole or in part, if the director finds that such person is unable to pay or that payment would work an undue hardship on him or on those dependent upon him

There shall be no discrimination on the part of the state hospitals as to food, care, protection, treatment or rehabilitation, between patients who pay for their maintenance and those who are unable to do so.

It shall be the responsibility of the director of health as provided by rules promulgated by the board of health to determine the ability of the patient or of his relative to pay for his maintenance: Provided, That any such determination shall be in writing and shall be considered an "order" under the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code: Provided, however, That any such determination shall be subject to review upon application of any such patient, relative or personal representative in the manner provided in chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.



Acts, 1997 Reg. Sess., Ch. 95.



Acts, 1997 Reg. Sess., Ch. 95.

§27-8-2b. Local mental health programs -- Separate account for receiving and expending gifts, bequests, donations, fees and miscellaneous income.

A county court establishing a local mental health program as provided for in this article shall have the power and authority to establish a separate account and to deposit in said separate account all gifts, bequests and donations from any person, corporation, firm or association and any fees or other income derived from the operation of such local mental health program and may expend such funds accruing in said separate account for the operation and maintenance of such local program.

Any moneys remaining in said separate account at the end of the fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund of the county nor otherwise expire, but shall be carried over from year to year until expended for the operation and maintenance of said local mental health program.

§27-8-3. Care of patients in boarding homes.

The director of health may, upon the recommendation of the superintendent of the state hospital, provide care in a suitable boarding home for any patient in a state hospital, if the condition of the patient is such that his and the public welfare will not be prejudiced thereby. A patient in a boarding home shall be deemed to be a patient of the state hospital from which he was removed and shall, on the approval of the superintendent, be placed under the supervision of a psychiatric social worker employed by the state hospital. All patients in such homes shall be visited at least once every three months and if upon the visitation they are found to be abused, neglected or improperly cared for, they shall be returned to the state hospital or placed in a better boarding home. The cost of the boarding home care shall be paid by the state hospital from which he was removed.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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