Sec. 593.052. (a) A proposed resident may not be committed to a residential care facility unless:
(1) the proposed resident is a person with mental retardation;
(2) evidence is presented showing that because of retardation, the proposed resident:
(A) represents a substantial risk of physical impairment or injury to himself or others; or
(B) is unable to provide for and is not providing for the proposed resident's most basic personal physical needs;
(3) the proposed resident cannot be adequately and appropriately habilitated in an available, less restrictive setting; and
(4) the residential care facility provides habilitative services, care, training, and treatment appropriate to the proposed resident's needs.
(b) If it is determined that the requirements of Subsection (a) have been met and that long-term placement in a residential care facility is appropriate, the court shall commit the proposed resident for care, treatment, and training to a community center or the department when space is available in a residential care facility.
(c) The court shall immediately send a copy of the commitment order to the department or community center.
Updated: May 18, 2009