340:100-3-9. Unscheduled client absence
Local Administrators implement policy and procedures which assure that the unscheduled absence of a client from a residential or service area does not present a risk to his/her health or welfare.
- (1) Activities tracking the location of clients are no more intrusive than dictated by client needs.
- (2) The implementation of procedures requiring intrusive measures such as the notification of law enforcement officials to locate a client on more than three occasions during a six month interval prompts the interdisciplinary development of a behavior enhancement program as provided by DDSD behavior management policy team to develop an appropriate action/service plan (e.g., a behavior treatment plan).
- (3) Adult clients who have not been determined legally incapacitated cannot be forced to return to a facility unless ordered by an appropriate legal authority.