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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Chapter 2H: Declaration of public policy
Section: 26:2H-125: Intentional disregard for act, professional misconduct; fines; fourth degree crime for certain acts relative to advance directives.
25. a. A mental health care professional who intentionally fails to act in accordance with the requirements of this act is subject to discipline for professional misconduct pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1978, c.73 (C.45:1-21).
b. A psychiatric facility that intentionally fails to act in accordance with the requirements of this act shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 for each offense. For the purposes of this subsection, each violation shall constitute a separate offense. Penalties for violations of this act shall be recovered in a summary civil proceeding, brought in the name of the State in a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).
c. It shall be a crime of the fourth degree for a person to:
(1) willfully conceal, cancel, deface, obliterate or withhold personal knowledge of an advance directive for mental health care, or a modification, revocation or suspension thereof, without the declarant's consent;
(2) falsify or forge an advance directive for mental health care of another person, or a modification, revocation or suspension thereof;
(3) coerce or fraudulently induce the execution of an advance directive for mental health care, or a modification, revocation or suspension, thereof; or
(4) require or prohibit the execution of an advance directive for mental health care, or a modification, revocation or suspension thereof, as a condition of coverage under any policy of health insurance, life insurance or annuity, or governmental benefits program, or as a condition of the provision of health care.
d. The sanctions provided in this section shall not be construed to repeal any sanctions applicable under other law.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.
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