Liability of persons for care and return of nonresident persons with mental illness
(1) Any person, except an officer, agent or employee of a common carrier acting in the line of duty, who brings or in any way aids in bringing into this state any patient without the written authorization of the Department of Human Services or the Oregon Health Authority, shall be liable to this state for all expenses incurred in the care of such patient and in the transportation of such patient to the other state where the patient legally resides.
(2) Hospitals, other than state hospitals, that care for and treat persons with mental illness shall be responsible for the return of those persons to their places of residence or domicile outside the state if they are brought into this state for treatment and care and are discharged from such institutions without being fully recovered.
(3) Failure to comply with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section shall render the person operating the hospital liable to reimburse the state for all expenses incurred in the care, maintenance and return of the persons with mental illness to their places of residence or domicile outside the state. [1957 c.388 §11; 2007 c.70 §224; 2009 c.595 §454; 2013 c.36 §22]
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