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The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
Chapter 394
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Section 394.4597, Florida Statutes 2009

394.4597  Persons to be notified; patient's representative.--

(1)  VOLUNTARY PATIENTS.--At the time a patient is voluntarily admitted to a receiving or treatment facility, the identity and contact information of a person to be notified in case of an emergency shall be entered in the patient's clinical record.


(a)  At the time a patient is admitted to a facility for involuntary examination or placement, or when a petition for involuntary placement is filed, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the patient's guardian or guardian advocate, or representative if the patient has no guardian, and the patient's attorney shall be entered in the patient's clinical record.

(b)  If the patient has no guardian, the patient shall be asked to designate a representative. If the patient is unable or unwilling to designate a representative, the facility shall select a representative.

(c)  The patient shall be consulted with regard to the selection of a representative by the receiving or treatment facility and shall have authority to request that any such representative be replaced.

(d)  When the receiving or treatment facility selects a representative, first preference shall be given to a health care surrogate, if one has been previously selected by the patient. If the patient has not previously selected a health care surrogate, the selection, except for good cause documented in the patient's clinical record, shall be made from the following list in the order of listing:

1.  The patient's spouse.

2.  An adult child of the patient.

3.  A parent of the patient.

4.  The adult next of kin of the patient.

5.  An adult friend of the patient.

6.  The appropriate Florida local advocacy council as provided in s. 402.166.

(e)  A licensed professional providing services to the patient under this part, an employee of a facility providing direct services to the patient under this part, a department employee, a person providing other substantial services to the patient in a professional or business capacity, or a creditor of the patient shall not be appointed as the patient's representative.

History.--s. 9, ch. 96-169; s. 11, ch. 2000-263.

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