Health Care Facilities

ORS 441.053
Release of patient presenting with behavioral health crisis


As used in this section:


“Behavioral health crisis” means a disruption in an individual’s mental or emotional stability or functioning resulting in an urgent need for immediate treatment to prevent a serious deterioration in the individual’s mental or physical health.


“Lethal means counseling” means counseling strategies designed to reduce the access by a patient who is at risk for suicide to lethal means, including but not limited to firearms.


“Suicide prevention measures” may include, but are not limited to:


Lethal means counseling; and


Providing information about a suicide intervention hotline.


A hospital with an emergency department shall adopt and implement policies for the release from the hospital’s emergency department of a patient presenting with a behavioral health crisis including suicide prevention measures, if any, that must be taken. At a minimum, the policies must meet the requirements in ORS 441.054 (Discharge of patients receiving mental health treatment) for hospital policies regarding the discharge of a patient who is admitted for mental health treatment. [2017 c.272 §2]
Note: 441.053 (Release of patient presenting with behavioral health crisis) was added to and made a part of 441.015 (Licensing of facilities and health maintenance organizations) to 441.087 (General inspection of long term care facility) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 441

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Licensing and phantom beds, (1970) Vol 40, p 171; a hospital's employing a licensed physical therapist as unauthorized practice, (1975) Vol 37, p 963


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