TITLE 40.1
Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

CHAPTER 40.1-2
Administration of State Institutions

SECTION 40.1-2-19

§ 40.1-2-19. Treatment and isolation of diseased residents – Detention after time for release.

Every inmate, prisoner, patient, or pupil in any of the institutions under the department's control, who has any dangerous, infectious or contagious disease, including syphilis in the infectious stages and gonococcus infection, shall be forthwith placed under medical treatment, and if in the opinion of the attending physician it is necessary, shall be isolated until danger of contagion has passed or until the attending physician determines that further isolation is unnecessary; and if danger of contagion shall not have passed or if further isolation is still necessary at the expiration of sentence or at the time for discharge or release from the institution, the afflicted inmate, prisoner, patient, or pupil shall be detained in the institution and continued under medical treatment until the attending physician shall determine that his or her discharge or release from the institution will not endanger the public health; and during such period of detention, the person so detained shall be supported in the same manner as before the detention.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1917, ch. 1470, art. 4, § 3; P.L. 1918, ch. 1613, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 413, art. 4, § 3; G.L. 1938, ch. 54, § 3; G.L. 1956, § 40-2-19; Reorg. Plan No. 1, 1970; P.L. 1999, ch. 83, § 105; P.L. 1999, ch. 130, § 105.)