Involuntary Transportation for Immediate Screening Rules

Final CLEAN VERSION
Effective June 1, 2018

(2 CCR 502-1)

21.281   INVOLUNTARY TRANSPORTATION FOR IMMEDIATE SCREENING

21.281.1              DEFINITIONS

“Facility” means any outpatient mental health facility or other clinically appropriate facility designated by the office of behavioral health as a seventy-two (72) hour treatment and evaluation facility that has walk-in capabilities and provides immediate screenings.  If such a facility is not available, an emergency medical services facility, as defined in Section 27-65-102(5.5), C.R.S., may be used.

“Immediate screening” means the determination if an individual meets criteria for seventy-two (72) hour treatment and evaluation.

“Intervening professional” as defined in section 27-65-105(1)(a)(II), C.R.S., means a certified peace officer; a professional person; a registered professional nurse as defined in section 12-38-103(11), C.R.S. who by reason of postgraduate education and additional nursing preparation has gained knowledge, judgment, and skill in psychiatric or mental health nursing; a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, or addiction counselor licensed under Part 5, 6, or 8 of Article 43 of Title 12, C.R.S., who by reason of postgraduate education and additional preparation has gained knowledge, judgment, and skill in psychiatric or clinical mental health therapy, forensic psychotherapy, or the evaluation of mental health disorders; or a licensed clinical social worker licensed under the provisions of Part 4 of Article 43 of Title 12, C.R.S.

“Involuntary transportation form” means the report and application allowing for immediate transport of an individual, in need of an immediate screening for treatment, to a clinically appropriate facility.

“Involuntary transportation hold” means the ability to transport an individual in need of an immediate screening to determine if the individual meets criteria for seventy-two (72) hour treatment and evaluation. Pursuant to Section 27-65-105(1)(a)(I.5), C.R.S., an intervening professional may involuntary transport an individual in need of an immediate screening from the community to an outpatient mental health facility or other clinically appropriate facility. The involuntary transportation hold does not extend or replace the timing or procedures related to a seventy-two (72) hour treatment and evaluation hold or an individual’s ability to voluntarily apply for mental health services. 

21.281.2              PROCEDURE

A.   An individual may be placed on an involuntary transportation hold pursuant to section 27-65-105(1)(a)(I.5), C.R.S.

  1. The involuntary transportation form shall be completed by an intervening professional and contain:
  1. The circumstances under which the individual’s condition was called to the intervening professional’s attention;
  1. The date and time the individual was placed on the involuntary transportation hold;
  1. The name of the facility to which the individual will be transported; and,
  1. The signature of the intervening professional placing the involuntary transportation hold.
  1. A copy of the involuntary transportation form must be given to the facility and made part of the individual’s medical record.
  1. A copy of the involuntary transportation form must be given to the individual who was placed on the involuntary transportation hold.

B.   The involuntary transportation hold expires:

  1. Six (6) hours after it was placed; or,
  1. Upon the facility receiving the individual for screening; thereby resolving the involuntary transportation hold.

C.  The facility shall ensure that the immediate screening is completed to determine if the individual meets criteria for seventy-two (72) hour       treatment and evaluation and follow standard procedures pursuant to section 27-65-105(1)(A)(I), C.R.S.