As used in this article, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:

Terms Used In Alabama Code 22-52-90

  • commissioner: Commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health. See Alabama Code 22-52-90
  • COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH OFFICER: A person who acts as a liaison between law enforcement and the general public, and who is regularly employed by a municipality within the county or regularly employed by the county commission or any public body or agency, including the state Department of Mental Health. See Alabama Code 22-52-90
  • county: A county in the State of Alabama. See Alabama Code 22-52-90
  • DESIGNATED MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY: A mental health facility other than a state mental health facility designated by the state Department of Mental Health to receive persons for evaluation, examination, admission, detention, or treatment pursuant to the commitment process. See Alabama Code 22-52-90
  • following: means next after. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER: A policeman regularly employed by a municipality within the county or a sheriff or deputy sheriff regularly employed by the county. See Alabama Code 22-52-90
  • person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • preceding: means next before. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • STATE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY: A mental health facility operated by the state Department of Mental Health and designated by the commissioner to have beds available to receive persons for evaluation, examination, admission, detention, or treatment for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this article. See Alabama Code 22-52-90
  • WITHIN THE COUNTY: A place within the boundaries of the county. See Alabama Code 22-52-90
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 1-1-1

(1) DESIGNATED MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY. A mental health facility other than a state mental health facility designated by the state Department of Mental Health to receive persons for evaluation, examination, admission, detention, or treatment pursuant to the commitment process.

(2) COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH OFFICER. A person who acts as a liaison between law enforcement and the general public, and who is regularly employed by a municipality within the county or regularly employed by the county commission or any public body or agency, including the state Department of Mental Health. A community mental health officer may be employed jointly or in combination by two or more governments, entities, or agencies authorized by the immediately preceding sentence. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a community mental health officer shall not be an employee of the Department of Human Resources. A community mental health officer shall possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in social work or a related field or, with the approval pursuant to findings of the judge of probate, any equivalent combination of education and experience; at least one year of experience in social work; knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of social work as they apply to crisis intervention; knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of psychiatric social work; knowledge of federal, state, and municipal laws regarding the aiding of mental patients; and knowledge of the functions and resources of public and private social agencies in the community. The compensation of the community mental health officer shall be determined by the employing entity, entities, or agency. The state Department of Mental Health may pay part or all of the compensation, including fringe benefits, of the community mental health officer employed hereunder.

(3) COUNTY. A county in the State of Alabama.

(4) LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. A policeman regularly employed by a municipality within the county or a sheriff or deputy sheriff regularly employed by the county.

(5) WITHIN THE COUNTY. A place within the boundaries of the county.

(6) STATE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY. A mental health facility operated by the state Department of Mental Health and designated by the commissioner to have beds available to receive persons for evaluation, examination, admission, detention, or treatment for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this article.

(7) COMMISSIONER. Commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health.

(Acts 1994, No. 94-690, p. 1326, §1; Act 99-574, p. 1298, §1.)