HBA-JEK H.B. 922 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 922 By: Tillery Public Health 2/15/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, an order of protective custody is necessary to transfer a person who has been admitted under emergency detention from a county mental health facility to an appropriate mental health facility. House Bill 922 sets forth the requirements under which a person who has been admitted to a county mental health facility may be detained in custody or transferred to an appropriate mental health facility. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 922 amends the Health and Safety Code to authorize a person admitted to a county mental health facility to be detained in custody and transported to another mental health facility under certain circumstances. The person may be detained if an application for emergency detention or a motion for an order of protective custody is filed, and a physician conducts a preliminary examination of the person. H.B. 922 provides that a person may be detained for not longer than 24 hours unless a written order for further detention is obtained. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.