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Session Laws, 1968
Volume 683, Page 189   View pdf image
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SPIRO T. AGNEW, Governor                          189

tent of this section. If no criminal charge is filed no entry shall be
made on the person's arrest or other criminal record. The regis-
tration and other records of a detoxification unit and of the other
alcoholism treatment facilities utilized under this subtitle shall re-
main confidential and a patient's identity may be disclosed without
the patient's consent only to his family, next of kin, to personnel
working with the patient in accordance with this subtitle, to police
personnel for purposes of investigation of criminal offenses and of
complaints against police action, and to court or correctional per-
sonnel for purposes of procedures related to trial, appeal, probation,
parole and presentence reports.

(f) The Division of Alcoholism Control and appropriate officials
of the subdivisions shall promptly develop, in cooperation with State
and local police, procedures for taking or sending an inebriate to a
detoxification unit or to his residence or to a public or private health
facility by authorized personnel other than the police wherever
feasible, to the end that the functions of the police under this section
shall be reduced to a minimum in the shortest time practicable.

SOU- Diagnosis and Inpatient Treatment.

(a)  A patient in a detoxification unit shall be encouraged to con-
sent to an intensive diagnosis for possible alcoholism on his first stay
and, where indicated, to consent to treatment at the inpatient and
outpatient facilities provided for under Sections 302 (a) (2) and
302 (a) (3) of this chapter.

(1)  Any person may voluntarily request admission to an inpatient
facility under the provisions of Article 59, Section 37. The medical
officer then in charge of the inpatient facility is authorized to deter-
mine who shall be admitted as a patient on a voluntary basis, A per-
son who has previously been diagnosed and treated at an inpatient
facility may again be admitted voluntarily for further diagnosis and
treatment at the discretion of the medical officer in charge of the

(2)  A complete medical, social, occupational, and family history
shall be obtained as part of the diagnosis and classification at the
inpatient facility. An effort shall be made to obtain copies of all
pertinent records from other agencies, institutions, and medical fa-
cilities in order to develop a complete and permanent history on
each patient.

(b)  If a patient is not diagnosed as a chronic alcoholic he shall be
so informed. An attempt shall be made to educate him about the
seriousness of the illness and the dangers of excessive consumption
of alcoholic beverages. An attempt shall also be made to uncover any
personal problems that may have resulted in excessive drinking and
to refer the patient to other appropriate agencies for assistance.

(c)  If a patient is diagnosed as a chronic alcoholic he shall be so
informed. If he consents, intensive treatment for the illness shall
begin immediately at the inpatient center while a comprehensive
individualized plan is being made for his future outpatient treat-
ment. This plan shall be in writing and available to the patient.

(d)  As provided in Article 59, Section 37, no voluntary patient
may be detained at the inpatient center without his consent; how-
ever, reasonable regulations for checking out of the center and for


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