Part 1 Mental Health Service System 33-6-101 – 33-6-109
Part 2 Voluntary Admission to Inpatient Treatment 33-6-201 – 33-6-208
Part 3 Persons With Severe Impairments 33-6-301 – 33-6-311
Part 4 Emergency Involuntary Admission to Inpatient Treatment 33-6-401 – 33-6-427
Part 5 Nonemergency Involuntary Admission to Inpatient Treatment 33-6-501 – 33-6-510
Part 6 Mandatory Outpatient Treatment 33-6-601 – 33-6-624
Part 7 Discharge From Inpatient Treatment 33-6-701 – 33-6-708
Part 8 Sex Offenders 33-6-801 – 33-6-805
Part 9 Special Provisions for Mental Health Transportation 33-6-901 – 33-6-902
Part 10 Declarations for Mental Health Treatment 33-6-1001 – 33-6-1015

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 33 > Chapter 6

  • accident and sickness insurance: includes any policy or contract covering insurance against loss resulting from sickness or from bodily injury or death by accident, or both. See Tennessee Code 56-26-101
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Age of majority: means eighteen (18) years of age or older. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Ambulance: means any privately or publicly owned land or air vehicle that is especially designed, constructed or modified and equipped and is intended to be used for and is maintained or operated for transportation upon the streets, highways or airways in this state for persons who are sick, injured, wounded, otherwise incapacitated, helpless, or in need of medical care. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Ambulance service: means the principal use of any privately or publicly owned ambulance for the transportation of injured or infirm persons. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Attorney: means the person designated and authorized by subscribers as the attorney-in-fact having authority to obligate them on reciprocal insurance contracts. See Tennessee Code 56-16-102
  • Attorney-in-fact: A person who, acting as an agent, is given written authorization by another person to transact business for him (her) out of court.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Beneficiary: means a person designated in the subscription certificate referred to in subdivision (9), as entitled to the medical services referred to in subdivision (9). See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Beneficiary: means a person designated in the subscription certificate referred to in subdivision (10), as entitled to the dental services referred to in subdivision (10). See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Benefit contract: means the agreement for provision of benefits authorized by §. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • Benefit member: means an adult member who is designated by the laws or rules of the society to be a benefit member under a benefit contract. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • Board: means the Tennessee emergency medical services board. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Certificate: means the document issued as written evidence of the benefit contract. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • Certificate of authority: means a legal right granted by the commissioner and enjoyed by a county mutual insurance company to provide insurance as provided for in this chapter. See Tennessee Code 56-22-103
  • Charge data: means information and figures concerning the dollar amount billed by hospitals to patients on account of care, services, goods, accommodations, facilities and equipment furnished by or in a hospital. See Tennessee Code 56-26-301
  • Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
  • Chief officer: means the person with overall authority for a public or private hospital, developmental center, treatment resource, or developmental disabilities service or facility, or the person's designee. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Child: means a person who is under eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Codicil: An addition, change, or supplement to a will executed with the same formalities required for the will itself.
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of mental health and substance abuse services when the statute at issue relates to mental illness or serious emotional disturbance and means the commissioner of intellectual and developmental disabilities when the statute at issue relates to intellectual and developmental disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-22-103
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-26-101
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-26-301
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Community mental health center: includes for profit corporations and private entities qualified as tax exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code, § 501(c)(3) (26 U. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Consent: means voluntary agreement to what is reasonably well understood regardless of how the agreement is expressed. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • County mayor: means and includes "county executive" unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • County mutual insurance company: means a person that is authorized to provide insurance coverage pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 56-22-103
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • defibrillator: means an automated external defibrillator. See Tennessee Code 68-140-402
  • Dental service: means professional services rendered by persons duly licensed under the laws of this state to practice dentistry and all services defined as constituting the practice of dentistry as set out in title 63, chapter 5. See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Department: means the department of mental health and substance abuse services when the statute at issue deals with mental illness or serious emotional disturbance and means the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities when the statute at issue deals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Department: means the department of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Emergency medical services personnel: means individuals certified or licensed by the emergency medical services board in accordance with various categories and classifications of licenses or certificates that the board establishes. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Employees: includes the officers, managers and employees of the employer, the individual proprietor or partner if the employer is an individual proprietor or partnership, the officers, managers and employees of subsidiary or affiliated corporations, and the individual proprietors, partners and employees of individuals and firms, if the business of the employer and the individual or firm is under common control through stock ownership, contract, or otherwise. See Tennessee Code 56-26-201
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Foreign: when used without limitation, includes all companies formed by authority of any other state or government. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
  • Grace period: The number of days you'll have to pay your bill for purchases in full without triggering a finance charge. Source: Federal Reserve
  • Gross premium: means maximum gross premiums as provided in the policy contracts, new and renewal, including policy or membership fees, whether paid in part or in whole by cash, automatic premium loans, dividends applied in any manner whatsoever, and without deduction or exclusion of dividends in any manner, but excluding premiums returned on cancelled policies, on account of reduction in rates, or reductions in the amount insured. See Tennessee Code 56-22-103
  • Group accident and health insurance: means that form of accident and health insurance covering groups of persons as defined in the policy, with or without one (1) or more members of their families or one (1) or more of their dependents, or covering one (1) or more members of the families or one (1) or more dependents, under a policy issued to an employer or trustees of a fund established by an employer, or to an association, a labor union or the trustees of a fund established by a labor union or an association, or the trustees of a fund established by two (2) or more employers in the same or related industry, or by one (1) or more labor unions or by one (1) or more employers and one (1) or more labor unions, or to a creditor or vendor in connection with a credit transaction (except for insurance regulated by or provided for in §. See Tennessee Code 56-26-201
  • 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.
  • Highway: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Hospital: means a public or private hospital or facility or part of a hospital or facility equipped to provide inpatient care and treatment for persons with mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Hospital: means any institution, place, building or agency as defined by §. See Tennessee Code 56-26-301
  • Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • Indigent person: means a service recipient whose resources, including property, assets, and income, are insufficient, under chapter 2, part 11 of this title, to pay for the cost of providing services and supports and who does not have a responsible relative or other legally responsible person who is able to pay for the cost of providing the services and supports. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • insurance company: includes all corporations, associations, partnerships, or individuals engaged as principals in the business of insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • insurance company: means any corporation, association, partnership or individual engaged as a principal in the business of insurance not licensed pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 56-22-103
  • Insured: as used in this chapter , shall not be construed as preventing a person other than the insured with a proper insurable interest from making application for, and owning a policy covering the insured, or from being entitled under such a policy to any indemnities, benefits and rights provided in the policy. See Tennessee Code 56-26-112
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Laws: means the society's articles of incorporation, charter, constitution and bylaws, however designated. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • License: means an authorization to a person to provide ambulance services. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Licensed physician: means a graduate of an accredited medical school authorized to confer upon graduates the degree of doctor of medicine (M. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Lodge: means subordinate member units of the society, known as camps, courts, councils, branches or by any other designation. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • Major purchasers: means persons who have health insurance coverage and who consist of one hundred (100) employees or more under a group plan of insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-26-301
  • Medical service plan: means a plan or arrangement under which medical services are or may be rendered to a subscriber, a covered dependent or other beneficiary by a licensed physician and surgeon at the expense of a medical service plan corporation or other person, in consideration of periodical prepayments made by the subscriber or another in the subscriber's behalf prior to the occurrence of the condition calling for the rendition of medical or surgical services. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Medical service plan corporation: means a corporation organized without capital stock and not for profit, and incorporated in accordance with §. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Medical services: means the general and usual services and care rendered and administered by doctors of medicine. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Member: means any person included in the membership of the retirement system, as provided in chapter 35, part 1 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
  • Mental illness: means a psychiatric disorder, alcohol dependence, or drug dependence, but does not include intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Minor: means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Nonprofit dental service corporation: means any corporation organized pursuant to this chapter for the purpose of establishing, maintaining and operating a nonprofit dental service plan, and that employs the service benefit concept in the majority of the programs it administers. See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Nonprofit dental service plan: means a plan whereby specified dental service is provided by a nonprofit dental service corporation to subscribers to the plan. See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Oath: includes affirmation. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Participating dentist: means a dentist licensed to practice dentistry in this state under title 63, chapter 5, who contracts in writing with a dental service plan corporation to perform the dental services specified in the subscription certificates issued by the corporation, and at the rates of compensation determined by the board of directors of the corporation, and who agrees to abide by the bylaws, rules and regulations of the corporation applicable to participating dentists. See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Participating physician: means a doctor of medicine licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state under title 63, chapter 6, who agrees in writing with a medical service plan corporation to perform the medical services specified in the subscription certificates issued by the corporation, and at the rates of compensation as shall be determined by the board of directors of the corporation, and who agrees to abide by the bylaws, rules and regulations of the corporation applicable to participating physicians. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Person: means any association, aggregate of individuals, business, company, corporation, individual, joint-stock company, Lloyds-type organization, organization, partnership, receiver, reciprocal or interinsurance exchange, trustee or society. See Tennessee Code 56-16-102
  • Person: means an individual, a corporation, a partnership, an association, a joint stock company, a trust, an unincorporated organization, any similar entity or any combination of these acting in concert. See Tennessee Code 56-22-103
  • Person: includes a natural person, a copartnership, an association, a common-law trust or a corporation. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Person: includes a natural person, a corporation, an association, a common law trust or corporation. See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Person: means any individual, association, organization or any other business entity, either profit or nonprofit, any state or local governmental entity, and federal agencies to the extent permitted by federal law. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Practice: means the exercise of principles and skills for effective emergency medical care under medical direction recognized as acts and responsibilities within the discipline of emergency medical services. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Premium: means money given in consideration to a county mutual insurance company on account of or in connection with an insurance policy for a specified policy period. See Tennessee Code 56-22-103
  • Premiums: means premiums, rates, dues or other required contributions by whatever name known, which are payable under the certificate. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Qualified mental health professional: means a person who is licensed in the state, if required for the profession, and who is a psychiatrist. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • real property: include lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Responsible relative: means the parent of an unemancipated child with mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, alcohol dependence, drug dependence, or developmental disabilities who is receiving service in programs of the department or any relative who accepts financial responsibility for the care and service of a service recipient. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Rules: means all rules, regulations or resolutions adopted by the supreme governing body or board of directors that are intended to have general application to the members of the society. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • Serious emotional disturbance: means a condition in a child who currently or at any time during the past year has had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet psychiatric diagnostic criteria that results in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child's role or functioning in family, school, or community activities and includes any mental disorder, regardless of whether it is of biological etiology. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Service: means the provision of organized response by ambulances or emergency response vehicles, or the provision of emergency care on an organized basis. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Service benefit concept: means a type of dental benefit contract between a beneficiary and a third party payer, whereby the beneficiary is guaranteed no out-of-pocket expenses for covered services beyond any agreed on cost sharing stipulated in the contract. See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Service recipient: means a person who is receiving service, has applied for service, or for whom someone has applied for or proposed service because the person has mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or a developmental disability. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Sex crime: means any offense involving the unlawful sexual abuse, molestation, fondling, or carnal knowledge of a child of fourteen (14) years of age or under or incest, a crime against nature, assault with intent to commit rape or rape. See Tennessee Code 33-6-801
  • signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Society: means fraternal benefit society, unless otherwise indicated. See Tennessee Code 56-25-104
  • 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 Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • State: means the state of Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
  • State: means the state of Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 68-140-302
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Subscriber: means a person obligated under a reciprocal insurance agreement. See Tennessee Code 56-16-102
  • Subscriber: means a person to whom a subscription certificate is issued by a medical service plan corporation that sets forth the beneficiaries and the kinds and extent of the medical services for which the corporation is liable to make payment. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Subscriber: means a person to whom a subscription certificate is issued by a dental care service plan corporation that sets forth the beneficiaries and the kind and extent of dental service for which the corporation is liable to make payment. See Tennessee Code 56-30-102
  • Subscription: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • suitable available accommodations: means that a state-owned or operated hospital or treatment resource has the capacity, as reasonably determined by the commissioner, and the medical capability, equipment and staffing to provide an appropriate level of care, treatment and physical security to an individual in an unoccupied and unassigned bed. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Support: means any activity or resource that enables a service recipient to participate in a service for mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or developmental disabilities or in community life. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Surplus: means the accumulated assets of a county mutual insurance company that exceed the county mutual insurance company's accrued losses and expenses. See Tennessee Code 56-22-103
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Treatment resource: means any public or private facility, service, or program providing treatment or rehabilitation services for mental illness or serious emotional disturbance, including, but not limited to, detoxification centers, hospitals, community mental health centers, clinics or programs, halfway houses, and rehabilitation centers. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • Writ of certiorari: An order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case for which it will hear on appeal.
  • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105