Sandra Y. Coleman
The office of the
County Adjuster is responsible for the scheduling of Court hearings
for anyone committed to a Federal, State, County, Private, or Special
Psychiatric Hospital. Unless a client has private counsel, an attorney
is assigned to represent the client at the hearing. These hearings,
by law, must be held within 20 days of confinement for an adult and
14 days of confinement for an adolescent. Until the clients are discharged
they are afforded a review of their admission status on a regular basis.
Each county is financially
responsible to cover the cost of care for its residents. The County
Adjuster, acting as referee of the Court, investigates the residency
and ability to pay of those admitted to these hospitals and reports
those findings to the Superior Court. The Court then issues an Order,
which indicates the County financially responsible and also the amount,
if any, the patient or relative is responsible for at this time. Any
amount the family and/or client is currently responsible for is billed
by the Adjuster. NOTE: Anyone admitted to a State or County facility
remains liable for their full cost of care.
ALL RECORDS ARE
CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THEREFORE NOT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.