§ 40.1-2-6 Records and reports as to institution residents.
The department of mental health, retardation, and hospitals shall keep a record showing the name, residence, sex, age, nativity, occupation, condition, and date of entrance or commitment of every patient or client in the several institutions under the control of the department; the date, cause and terms of discharge, and the condition of those persons at the time of leaving; all transfers from one institution to another; and if any patient or client dies, the date and cause of death. These and such other facts as the department may from time to time require shall be furnished by the managing officer of each institution to the director of the department of mental health, retardation, and hospitals within twenty-four (24) hours after the commitment, entrance, death, or discharge of any patient or client. In case of an accident, injury, or death under peculiar circumstances of a patient or client, the managing officer shall make a special report within twenty-four (24) hours thereafter to the director, giving the circumstances of the injury or death as fully as possible. The record shall be accessible only to the director of the department, the officers, agents, and employees thereof, except by permission of the director or upon order of the governor or of a judge of a court of record. Whenever it is required by law that a notice, order, or other communication be made to the department, it shall be a sufficient compliance with the law if the notice, order, or other communication is made to the director of mental health, retardation, and hospitals.
(P.L. 1989, ch. 520, § 2.)