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(1) Each region shall have a minimum of 6 voluntary admission screening designees to assure that an applicant's geographical location within the region does not prevent prompt completion of the screening process.

(a) The designees shall be appointed by the director and approved by the department.

(b) A list of authorized designees shall be provided to the hospital and to all professional persons within the region and the director shall keep the list current.

(c) The hospital shall maintain a current list of professional persons and a current list of authorized designees at appropriate locations within the hospital.

(2) The application for voluntary admission form and other forms used in the screening process will be developed and approved by the department.

(a) All necessary forms will be available through all community mental health centers including all satellite offices and service locations.

(b) The application for voluntary admission form must be completed by the applicant or by an interested person on behalf of the applicant and must be signed by the applicant in the presence of a witness.

(c) The witness shall attest to the fact that the applicant voluntarily signed the form.

(d) The mailing address of the witness shall be provided on the form to assure the authenticity of the applicant's signature.

(e) An applicant shall not be refused admission simply because the application for voluntary admission form is not totally complete as long as the applicant's signature and the signature of the witness are affixed.

History: Sec. 53-21-111, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-21-111, MCA; NEW, 1992 MAR p. 1483, Eff. 7/17/92; TRANS, from DOC, 1998 MAR p. 1505.

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