(a)  Non‑emergency referrals shall be forwarded to the mental health or mental retardation professional designated to receive such referrals at the service delivery site to which the client is assigned.

(b)  If the mental health or mental retardation professional determines that the client is in need of services provided at a residential or inpatient unit, the client shall be given:

(1)           written notice of the reasons for the referral;

(2)           the expected benefits of the treatment to be received; and

(3)           his rights as described in Rule .1207 of this Section.

(c)  If the client agrees to a voluntary transfer to the specified residential or inpatient unit, he will be asked to give written consent, with witness by a member of the staff.

(d)  If the client refuses to sign the form, yet verbally agrees, this fact must be documented by two witnesses prior to initiating the transfer to the mental health unit.

(e)  The referring mental health or mental retardation professional shall complete the necessary referral forms and arrange for the client's transfer.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 148‑19(d);

Eff. January 4, 1994;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. June 20, 2015.