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Any defective person may be sent to, committed to, or received by, the Psychopathic
Department in the same manner and form and for the same causes as such person would be sent to,
committed to, or received by, any institution under the commissioner of human services. It shall
be in the discretion of any court acting in accordance with existing statute, or in the discretion
of the commissioner of human services, to send any person to the Psychopathic Department
instead of some other institution to which such person would be sent under existing statute. The
Psychopathic Department is designated as a place of temporary detention to which, under existing
statute, any district judge may send defective persons for temporary detention. The commissioner
of human services shall have authority to transfer any patient or inmate from any institution under
the commissioner's control to the Psychopathic Department for observation and treatment or for
medical and surgical care and treatment under the staff of the University of Minnesota Hospitals.
Persons not defective but who are afflicted or supposed to be afflicted with any abnormal
mental condition may be admitted to the Psychopathic Department under such rules as the Board
of Regents may adopt.
In every case the consent of the superintendent of the University of Minnesota Hospitals
shall be obtained before any patient is sent to, transferred to, or received by, the Psychopathic
History: (4596) 1923 c 385 s 6; 1945 c 553; 1953 c 593 s 2; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1986 c
444; 1995 c 189 s 8; 1996 c 277 s 1