The following rules concerning transfers between state-operated facilities apply to both adults and children receiving residential mental health care.
Transfers may be allowed but are sometimes prohibited, as follows:
- If you are a resident of a state-operated mental health facility, you should not be transferred to another facility if doing so will have a negative effect on your treatment.
- If you have been a resident of a state-operated mental health facility for 7 or more days, you cannot be transferred to another facility, unless you are given at least 14 days notice in writing.
- An explanation of the reasons for the transfer;
- Information about your right to appeal;
- Information about the availability of assistance from the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.
In an emergency, you may be transferred without notice, but notice of your rights must then be given within 48 hours after the transfer.
Updated: February 2018