(A) Mentally ill minors shall remain under the natural guardianship of their parents, notwithstanding hospitalization pursuant to this chapter, unless parental rights have been terminated pursuant to a court finding that the minor is neglected or dependent. Where a mentally ill minor is found to be dependent or neglected, the public children's services agency in the county of residence has final guardianship authority and responsibility.
(B) In no case shall the guardianship of a mentally ill person be assigned to the chief medical officer or any staff member of a hospital, board, or provider from which the person is receiving mental health services.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.
Effective Date: 10-01-1997