Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 40:1159.9

  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • person: includes a body of persons, whether incorporated or not. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 1:10

            A. Upon the written recommendation of the treating physician, the following persons may consent to any surgical or medical treatment on behalf of any person with a developmental disability who is a recipient of service from a state-operated supported living program or home- and community-based service provider, or who is a resident of a state-operated residential facility, community, or group home for persons with developmental disabilities, state-supervised extended family living program, or a nonstate-operated residential facility, community, or group home for persons with developmental disabilities, or who is a resident of a state-operated nursing home:

            (1) For a resident of a state-operated residential facility, community, or group home for persons with developmental disabilities, the administrator of the residential facility, community, or group home.

            (2) For a resident of a state-supervised extended family living program, or a recipient of service from a state-operated supported living program or home- and community-based service provider, the office for citizens with developmental disabilities administrator or manager with administrative authority over the extended family living program, supported living program, or home- and community-based service provider for the region where the home is located or the program or service is being provided.

            (3) For a resident of a nonstate-operated residential facility, community, or group home for persons with developmental disabilities, the chief executive officer of the provider organization which administers or operates the facility or home.

            (4) For a resident of a state-operated nursing home, the administrator of the home or facility.

            B. Consent for any surgical or medical treatment on behalf of a person with a developmental disability or a resident in a facility, home, or program as described in Subsection A of this Section is authorized under the following circumstances:

            (1) When all reasonable efforts to contact the parent, family, or guardian of the resident have failed or

            (2) When the resident’s record does not contain the name of the parent, family member, or guardian.

            C. Consent given pursuant to this Section shall be in writing and shall comply with the provisions of R.S. 40:1157.1. A copy of the signed written consent form and of the physician’s written recommendation shall be placed in the resident’s permanent record.

            D. Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to authorize consent to surgical or medical treatment for a resident if the parent, family member, or guardian of the resident has been contacted and has refused to consent to medical treatment for the resident.

            E. Consent to surgical or medical treatment for residents will be implied where an emergency, as defined in R.S. 40:1159.5, exists.

            F. Notwithstanding anything else herein to the contrary, no person shall be authorized to make a medical decision for an individual with a developmental disability pursuant to this Section unless there is no decision maker reasonably available, competent, and willing to act pursuant to R.S. 40:1159.4.

            G. Repealed by Acts 2008, No. 839, §5, eff. July 8, 2008.

            Added by Acts 1978, No. 607, §2; Acts 1990, No. 177, §1; Acts 2001, No. 519, §1; Acts 2005, No. 128, §1, eff. June 22, 2005; Acts 2008, No. 839, §§3, 5, eff. July 8, 2008; Acts 2012, No. 600, §2, eff. June 7, 2012; Acts 2012, No. 759, §2, eff. June 12, 2012; Acts 2014, No. 811, §22, eff. June 23, 2014; Redesignated from R.S. 40:1299.58 by HCR 84 of 2015 R.S.