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CHAPTER 952 AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAWS OF NORTH CAROLINA RELATING TO PERSONS WITH MENTAL DISEASES AND TO PROVIDE FOR COMMITTING SUCH PERSONS TO INSTITUTIONS FOR OBSERVATION TO DETER- MINE THEIR MENTAL CONDITION. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
That Section one hundred and twenty-two thirtysix of the General Statutes of North Carolina is hereby rewritten to read as follows: SEc. 122-36. Persons entitled to immediate admission if space available. Any resident of North Carolina who has been legally adjudged by a clerk of court or other properly authorized person in accordance with the provisions of this chapter to be mentally disordered or a proper person to be committed to a State hospital for observation shall, if space is available, be entitled to immediate admission in the State Hospital at Morganton, the State Hospital at Raleigh, or the State Hospital at Goldsboro, in accordance wih the principles of division of race and residence prescribed in this chapter. No resident of this State who has been legally adjudged mentally disordered or a proper subject for observation and who has been presented to the superintendent of the proper State hospital for the mentally disordered as provided in this article, shall be refused admission thereto if space is available, but nothing in this article shall be construed to affect the discharge or transfer of patients as now provided by law. Upon the admission of any such person, the superintendent of the institution shall notify the clerk of the superior court who has committed such person as mentally disordered, or as a proper subject for observation.