In the state of Georgia, there exists a legal document called a 1013 form. The purpose of the 1013 form is to initiate transportation to an “emergency receiving facility” and is completed by an authorized licensed clinician. The language on this form is very important because it speaks to the intent of the form and its appropriate use, for example:
- Imminent danger to self/others, evidenced by recent overt acts or expressed threats of violence or self-harm.
- Unable to care for physical health and safety so as to create an imminently life-endangering crisis and in need of involuntary treatment.
Ridgeview Institute is an emergency receiving facility and can receive a 1013 at any time day or night, or the patient can go to a medical Emergency Room and often is then sent to a facility for behavioral evaluation and treatment. The facility MUST agree to receive the client (i.e., they have an available and appropriate bed for the client).
The goal of a 1013 form is simple, help those who need to receive mental health treatment during an emergency. Once a 1013 patient arrives at a mental health facility, a 48-hour long clock begins, during which time our staff will meet with you, discuss your legal status, and begin the treatment process.
During this 48-hour period, the patient may request to change their status to “voluntarily.”
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
It is important to know that the patient should be reassessed by the admitting facility and that the form that the physician doctor has to complete is called a 1014.
A 1014 form has to be completed within 48 hours of the arrival of the patient to the emergency receiving facility and they must still meet the imminent risk categories described in the 1013.
If the patient is evaluated to be safe, the patient can sign a voluntary status. The patient can request discharge at any time once voluntary, and would then have to be again evaluated by a physician for the safety of discharge.
WHAT CAN I/A LOVED ONE EXPECT A RIDGEVIEW INSTITUTE?
- A call from the therapist or case manager of your loved one within 24 hours.
- Your loved one will receive a visit from the psychiatrist within 24 hours of admission and then on a daily basis through-out the hospital stay.
- An individualized treatment plan for your loved one and an aftercare plan upon discharge.