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  211.203.  Developmentally disabled children, evaluation — disposition — review by court. — 1.  If a child under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court appears to be intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled, as these terms are defined in chapter 630, the court, on its own motion or on the motion or petition of any interested party, may order the department of mental health to evaluate the child.

  2.  A regional center designated by the department of mental health shall perform within twenty days a comprehensive evaluation, as defined in chapter 633, on an outpatient basis if practicable, for the purpose of determining the appropriateness of a referral to a developmental disability facility operated or funded by the department of mental health.  If it is determined by the regional center, as a result of the evaluation, to be appropriate to refer such child to a department developmental disability facility under section 633.120 or a private developmental disability facility under section 630.610, the regional center shall refer the evaluation to the appropriate developmental disability facility.

  3.  If, as a result of reviewing the evaluation, the head of the developmental disability facility, or his designee, determines that it is appropriate to admit such child as a resident, the head of the developmental disability facility, or his or her designee, shall recommend the child for admission, subject to availability of suitable accommodations.  The head of the regional center, or his designee, shall send the juvenile court notice of the recommendation for admission by the developmental disability facility and a copy of the evaluation.  Should the department evaluation recommend residential care and habilitation, the child, his parent, guardian or counsel shall have the right to request an independent evaluation of the child.  Within twenty days of receipt of the notice and evaluation from the facility, or within twenty days of the receipt of the notice and evaluation from the independent examiner, the court may order, pursuant to a hearing, the child committed to the custody of the department of mental health for residential care and habilitation, or may otherwise dispose of the matter; except, that no child shall be committed to the department of mental health for other than residential care and habilitation.  If the department proposes placement at, or transferring the child to, a department facility other than that designated in the order of the juvenile court, the department shall conduct a due process hearing within six days of such placement or transfer during which the head of the initiating facility shall have the burden to show that the placement or transfer is appropriate for the medical needs of the child.  The head of the facility shall notify the court ordering detention or commitment and the child's last known attorney of record of such placement or transfer.

  4.  If, as a result of the evaluation, the regional center determines that it is not appropriate to admit such child as a resident in a developmental disability facility, the regional center shall send a notice to the court that it is inappropriate to admit such child, along with a copy of the evaluation.  If the child was evaluated on a residential basis, the juvenile court shall transfer the child from the department within five days of receiving the notice and evaluation or set the matter for hearing within twenty days, giving notice of the hearing to the director of the facility as well as all others required by law.

  5.  If at any time the developmental disability facility determines that it is no longer appropriate to provide residential habilitation for the child committed by the juvenile court, but that such child appears to qualify for placement under section 630.610, the head of the facility shall refer such child for placement.  Subject to the availability of an appropriate placement, the department shall place any child who qualifies for placement under section 630.610.  If no appropriate placement is available, the department shall discharge the child or make such other arrangements as it may deem appropriate and consistent with the child's welfare and safety.  Notice of the placement or discharge shall be sent to the juvenile court which first ordered the child's detention.

  6.  The committing court shall conduct an annual review of the child's need for continued placement at the developmental disability facility.


(L. 1980 H.B. 1724, A.L. 2011 H.B. 555 merged with H.B. 648, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1064)

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