(House Bill 1282)
An Act to allow inpatient psychiatric facility placement alternatives for certain patients.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That § 27A-15-3 be AMENDED:
as otherwise provided in this section, a minor,
whether admitted by a parent or involuntarily committed, may not
be placed with
if the inpatient psychiatric facility maintains a separate unit for
A minor may be admitted or
committed to a facility
maintain a separate unit for minors,
only for acute treatment and evaluation and only for a period not to
exceed seven working days. The facility shall provide separate
sleeping quarters and separate day areas in which adult patients are
A patient who does not meet the definition of a minor, as set forth in § 27A-15-1, but is less than nineteen years of age, may be placed in a separate unit with minors if the patient:
(1) Is enrolled in a high school or pursuing high school equivalency; and
(2) Consents to the placement.
The facility shall provide a
separate evaluation program
be approved by
the Department of Health.
Signed March 9, 2022
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