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28 Pa. Code § 715.21. Patient termination.

§ 715.21. Patient termination.

 A narcotic treatment program shall develop and implement policies and procedures regarding involuntary terminations. Involuntary terminations shall be initiated only when all other efforts to retain the patient in the program have failed.

   (1)  A narcotic treatment program may involuntarily terminate a patient from the narcotic treatment program if it deems that the termination would be in the best interests of the health or safety of the patient and others, or the program finds any of the following conditions to exist:

     (i)   The patient has committed or threatened to commit acts of physical violence in or around the narcotic treatment program premises.

     (ii)   The patient possessed a controlled substance without a prescription or sold or distributed a controlled substance, in or around the narcotic treatment program premises.

     (iii)   The patient has been absent from the narcotic treatment program for 3 consecutive days or longer without cause.

     (iv)   The patient has failed to follow treatment plan objectives.

   (2)  A patient terminated involuntarily, except a patient who commits or threatens to commit acts of physical violence, shall be afforded the opportunity to receive detoxification of at least 7 days. The detoxification may take place at the facility or the patient may be referred to another narcotic treatment program or hospital licensed and approved by the Department for detoxification.

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