§ 44-52-5 Statement of policy
§ 44-52-10 Definitions
§ 44-52-20 Voluntary admission
§ 44-52-30 Discharge of voluntary patient
§ 44-52-40 Release of voluntary patient
§ 44-52-50 Procedure for emergency admission
§ 44-52-60 Preliminary judicial review of emergency admission; patient’s attorney’s access to documents
§ 44-52-65 Transfer of patients under emergency commitment
§ 44-52-70 Involuntary commitment; examination; report; commencement of judicial proceedings
§ 44-52-80 Involuntary commitment; notice of hearing
§ 44-52-90 Contents of report; background investigation; counsel to have access to reports
§ 44-52-110 Involuntary commitment; conduct of hearing and effect of findings
§ 44-52-120 Involuntary commitment; period of treatment
§ 44-52-130 Transfer of patient
§ 44-52-140 Release of patient for temporary leave of absence
§ 44-52-150 Reconfinement of involuntarily committed patient who has left treatment facility without permission
§ 44-52-160 Violation of conditions of release; supplemental proceedings and recommitment
§ 44-52-165 Patients receiving alcohol and drug addiction services prohibited from possessing alcohol, firearms, weapons, or drugs; penalties; unlawful to allow
§ 44-52-200 Authority of State Department of Mental Health
§ 44-52-210 Comprehensive program for chemically dependent persons

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 44 > Chapter 52

  • Active license: means the status of an authorization to practice that has been renewed for the current period and authorizes the licensee to practice in this State. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Adverse disciplinary action: means a final decision by a United States or foreign licensing jurisdiction, a peer review group, a health care institution, a professional or medical society or association, or a court, which action was not resolved completely in the licensee's favor. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Board: means the State Board of Medical Examiners for South Carolina. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Business days: means every day except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Certification: means approval by an established body, other than the board, but recognized by the board, that recognizes the unique, minimal requirements of specialized areas of practice. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Commission: means the group of individuals charged by law with the responsibility of licensing or otherwise regulating an occupation or profession within the State. See South Carolina Code 40-1-20
  • Criminal history: means a federal, state, or local criminal history of conviction or a pending charge or indictment of a crime, whether a misdemeanor or a felony, that bears upon a person's fitness or suitability for an authorization to practice with responsibility for the safety and well-being of others. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Department: means the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation;

    (5) "Director" means the Director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation or the director's official designee;

    (6) "Licensee" means a person granted an authorization to practice pursuant to this article and refers to a person holding a license, permit, certification, or registration granted pursuant to this article;

    (7) "Licensing act" means the individual statute or regulations, or both, of each regulated profession or occupation which include, but are not limited to, board governance, the qualifications and requirements for authorization to practice, prohibitions, and disciplinary procedures;

    (8) "Person" means an individual, partnership, or corporation;

    (9) "Profession" or "occupation" means a profession or occupation regulated or administered, or both, by the department pursuant to this article. See South Carolina Code 40-1-20
  • Disciplinary action: means a final decision and sanction imposed at the conclusion of a disciplinary proceeding. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Final decision: means an order of the board that concludes a license application proceeding or formal disciplinary proceeding. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Inactive license: means the official temporary retirement of a person's authorization to practice upon the person's notice to the board that the person does not wish to practice. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Independent credentials verification organization: means an entity approved by the board to provide primary source verification of an applicant's identity, medical education, postgraduate training, examination history, disciplinary history, and other core information required for licensure in this State. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Initial licensure: means the first authorization to practice issued to a person by a licensing authority in this State or any other state. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • License: means a current document authorizing a person to practice. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Licensed in good standing: means that one's authorization to practice has not been revoked and there are no restrictions or limitations currently in effect. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Limited license: means a current time-limited and practice-limited document that authorizes practice at the level for which one is seeking licensure. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Misconduct: means violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or regulations promulgated by the board pursuant to this chapter or violation of any of the principles of ethics as adopted by the board or incompetence or unprofessional conduct. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Osteopathic medicine: means a complete school of medicine and surgery utilizing all methods of diagnosis and treatment in health and disease and placing special emphasis on the interrelationship of the musculo-skeletal system to all other body systems. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Person: means a natural person, male or female. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Physician: means a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine licensed by the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Practice of Medicine: means :

    (a) advertising, holding out to the public or representing in any manner that one is authorized to practice medicine in this State;

    (b) offering or undertaking to prescribe, order, give, or administer any drug or medicine for the use of any other person;

    (c) offering or undertaking to prevent or to diagnose, correct or treat in any manner, or by any means, methods, or devices, disease, illness, pain, wound, fracture, infirmity, defect, or abnormal physical or mental condition of a person, including the management or pregnancy and parturition;

    (d) offering or undertaking to perform any surgical operation upon a person;

    (e) rendering a written or otherwise documented medical opinion concerning the diagnosis or treatment of a patient or the actual rendering of treatment to a patient within this State by a physician located outside the State as a result of transmission of individual patient data by electronic or other means from within a state to such physician or his or her agent;

    (f) rendering a determination of medical necessity or a decision affecting the diagnosis and/or treatment of a patient is the practice of medicine subject to all of the powers provided to the Board of Medical Examiners, except as provided in Section 38-59-25;

    (g) using the designation Doctor, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician, Surgeon, Physician and Surgeon, Dr. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Practitioner: means a person who has been issued an authorization to practice in this State. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Reactivation: means the restoration to active status of an authorization from inactive status. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Reinstatement: means an action of the board in a disciplinary matter that authorizes the resumption of practice upon any terms or conditions ordered or agreed to by the board. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Revocation: means the permanent cancellation or withdrawal of an authorization issued by the board. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Significant disciplinary action: means a public decision in a disciplinary matter that involves substantial issues of professional or ethical competence or qualification to practice. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • State identification bureau: means an authorized governmental agency responsible for receiving and screening the results of criminal history records checks in this State or another state. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Supervision: means the process of critically observing, directing, and evaluating another person's performance, unless otherwise provided by law. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Suspension: means the temporary withdrawal of authorization to practice for either a definite or indefinite period of time ordered by the board. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Telemedicine: means the practice of medicine using electronic communications, information technology, or other means between a licensee in one location and a patient in another location with or without an intervening practitioner. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Temporary license: means a current, time-limited document that authorizes practice at the level for which one is seeking licensure. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Unprofessional conduct: means acts or behavior that fail to meet the minimally acceptable standard expected of similarly situated professionals including, but not limited to, conduct that may be harmful to the health, safety, and welfare of the public, conduct that may reflect negatively on one's fitness to practice, or conduct that may violate any provision of the code of ethics adopted by the board or a specialty. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20
  • Volunteer license: means authorization of a retired practitioner to provide medical services to others through an identified charitable organization without remuneration. See South Carolina Code 40-47-20