§ 40.1-24.5-2 General powers and duties of the director of mental health, retardation, and hospitals.
(a) The director of mental health, retardation, and hospitals is charged with the execution of the laws relating to the admission and the care of the mentally disabled with respect to this chapter, and is hereby authorized and empowered to do all acts necessary and proper to ensure the comfort and welfare of residents and to protect residents' rights.
(b) The director of mental health, retardation, and hospitals, or one or more of his or her assistants or representatives so designated, may:
(1) Examine all community residences; and
(2) Inquire into their methods of government and the management of all persons therein; and
(3) Examine into the condition of all buildings, grounds and other property connected with a community residence and into all matters relating to its management.
(c) The director of mental health, retardation, and hospitals may adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations governing the management of community residences as he or she may deem necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
(P.L. 1982, ch. 363, § 1.)