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Requirements for Quality of Care and Treatment Services for the Mentally Disabled – N.Y. Mental Hyg. Law § 33.03

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The director of a facility that provides services to the mentally disabled must require the following:

  • Annual re-examination and evaluation of each patient;
  • Annual medical and dental evaluations and annual evaluations of mental disabilities of inpatients;
  • Consent for surgery, shock treatment, major medical treatment in the nature of surgery, or the use of experimental drugs or procedures; and
  • Inclusion in the patient’s clinical record of all treatment plans and notations of examinations, individualized treatment programs, evaluations and re-examinations, orders for treatment, and specific therapies.


The commissioners of health and developmental disabilities may approve a simplified advance health care directive that specifies what end-of-life treatment the person wishes to receive and permits the designation of a health care agent who may be authorized by the principal to make decisions.  

Current as of June 2015