45.0336 Mentally ill or developmentally disabled child-Procedure.

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(a) If it appears from the evidence presented at an adjudicatory hearing or otherwise that the child may be mentally ill or developmentally disabled, the Court orders that the child be examined by a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist and may place the child in a suitable facility for the purpose of examination.

(b) If the report of the examination made under subsection (a) states that the child is mentally ill to the extent that short-term or long-term hospitalization or institutional con-finement and treatment is required, the Court may order the treatment or confinement.

(c) The Court dismisses the original petition when a child who has been ordered to receive treatment is no longer receiving treatment.

(d) The Court sets a time for resuming the hearing on the original petition when:

(1) the report of the examination made under subsection (a) states that the child is not mentally ill to the extent that short-term or long-term hospitalization or institutional con-finement and treatment are required;

(2) the report of the examination made under subsection (a) states that the child is developmentally disabled but not mentally ill; or

(3) the child is found not to be mentally ill.

History: 1980, PL 16-71 § 1.

Research Guide: CRS -3-107.