SB507 HFAT Miley 3-09


Committee Substitute for S.B.507–- “A BILL to amend and reenact §27-4-1 and §27-4-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §27-5-4 of said code; and to amend and reenact §61-7A-5 of said code, all relating generally to mental health; relating to the voluntary hospitalization at mental health facilities; relating to the voluntary admission of minors into a mental health facility for mental illness, intellectual disability or addiction; removing the requirement that the minor’s consent be secured before they are voluntarily admitted to a mental health facility if the minor is twelve years of age or older; requiring the consent or an emancipated minor before he or she is voluntarily committed; standards and procedures for releasing a minor who is fourteen years of age or older from voluntary hospitalization, when the minor objects to the admission or treatment; standards and procedures for the releasing a minor from voluntary hospitalization when the adult who sponsored the admission withdraws his or her consent; clarifying that the state is not obligated to pay for voluntary hospitalization; relating to the involuntary hospitalization into state mental health facilities; allocation and recapturing of copying and mailing costs associated with notice and orders for final commitment hearing and final order from counties; standards and requirements for the maintenance of mental health registry; prohibitions against persons adjudicated or committed as dangerous from possessing or carrying firearms; petitions for relief from prohibition to carry firearms; application to a court; limiting court’s consideration of petitions to cases where mental health adjudications or commitments occurred in this state; specifying minimum information which must be contained in such petitions; standards of review; applicable factors to be considered by court; required findings which must be made before petition for relief may be granted; right of appeal; reporting requirements; and requiring confidential treatment for certain submitted information.”