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CHAPTER 27
Mental Hygiene
CHAPTER 251

AN ACT to repeal the mental hygiene law, and to enact a recodified
mental hygiene law
Became law May 9, 1972, with the approval of the Governor. Passed by a

majority vote, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and
Assembly, do enact as follows:

CHAPTER 27 OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAWS

MENTAL HYGIENE LAW
Title A. Organization of department of mental hygiene. (Arts. 1 and 5).

B. Mental health act. (Arts. 7, 9 and 10).

C. Developmental disabilities act.

(Arts. 13 and 15).

D. Alcoholism and substance abuse act. (Arts. 19, 22, and 25)

E. General provisions.

(Arts. 29-33, 36, 41, 43, 45, 61, 67, 71, 75, 79-81, 83, 84

and 91)

TITLE A

ORGANIZATION OF DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HYGIENE
Article 1 Short title and definitions (§§ 1.01-1.03).

5 Department of mental hygiene (§§ 5.01-5.09).

TITLE B

MENTAL HEALTH ACT
Article 7 Office of mental health (§§ 7.01-7.47).

9 Hospitalization of persons with a mental illness

(§§ 9.01-9.63).

10 Sex offenders requiring civil commitment or supervision

(§§ 10.01-10.17).

TITLE C

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ACT
Article 13 Office for people with developmental disabilities (§§

13.01-13.43).

15 Admission of the mentally retarded to schools

(§§ 15.01-15.37).

16 Regulation and quality of services (§§ 16.00-16.37).

TITLE D

ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ACT
Article 19 Office of alcoholism and substance abuse (§§ 19.01-19.43).

22 Chemical dependence programs, treatment facilities, and

services (§§ 22.01-22.11).

25 Funding for services of the office of alcoholism and

substance abuse services (§§ 25.01-25.18).

26 Funding of chemical dependence services and compulsive

gambling services (§ 26.00).

TITLE E

GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 29 General provisions relating to in-patient facilities

(§§ 29.01-29.29).

30 Comprehensive care centers for eating disorders (§§

30.01-30.06).

31 Regulation and quality control of services for the mentally

disabled (§§ 31.01-31.37).

32 Regulation and quality control of chemical dependence

services and compulsive gambling services

(§§ 32.01-32.39).

33 Rights of patients (§§ 33.01-33.27).

36 Addiction and mental health services and supports

(§§ 36.01-36.02).

41 Local and unified services (§§ 41.01-41.57).

43 Fees for services (§§ 43.01-43.12).

47 Mental Hygiene legal service (§§ 47.01-47.03).

61 Federal aid (§§ 61.01-61.05).

67 Interstate relations (§§ 67.01-67.09).

71 Acquisition of real property (§ 71.01).

75 Community mental health services and mental retardation

services companies (§§ 75.01-75.35).

79 Proceedings relative to incompetent veterans and infant

wards of the United States veterans' administration

(§§ 79.01-79.43).

80 Surrogate decision-making for medical care and treatment

(§§ 80.01-80.13).

81 Proceedings for appointment of a guardian for personal needs

or property management (§§ 81.01-81.44).

83 Uniform guardianship and protective proceedings jurisdiction

act (§§ 83.01-83.45).

84 New York achieving a better life experience savings account

act (§§ 84.01-84.11).

91 Laws repealed; savings clause; time of taking effect

(§§ 91.01-91.05).