Wednesday, October 28, 2009

26:2B-8. Definitions

26:2B-8. Definitions
The following words as used in this act shall, unless the context requires otherwise, have the following meanings:

"Administrator" means the person in charge of the operation of a facility, or his designee.

"Admitted" means accepted for treatment at a facility.

"Alcoholic" means any person who chronically, habitually or periodically consumes alcoholic beverages to the extent that: a. such use substantially injures his health or substantially interferes with his social or economic functioning in the community on a continuing basis, or b. he has lost the power of self-control with respect to the use of such beverages.

"Authorized persons" means persons who serve as volunteer first aid or ambulance squad members, para-professional medical personnel and rehabilitated alcoholics.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Health.

"Department" means the State Department of Health.

"Director" means the Director of the Division of Alcoholism.

"Division" means the Division of Alcoholism.

"Facility" means any public, private place, or portion thereof providing services especially designed for the treatment of intoxicated persons or alcoholics; including, but not limited to intoxication treatment centers, inpatient treatment facilities, outpatient facilities, and residential aftercare facilities.

"Incapacitated" means the condition of a person who is: a. as a result of the use of alcohol, unconscious or has his judgment so impaired that he is incapable of realizing and making a rational decision with respect to his need for treatment, b. in need of substantial medical attention, or c. likely to suffer substantial physical harm.

"Independent physician" means a physician other than one holding an office or appointment in any department, board or agency of the State of New Jersey or in any public facility.

"Intoxicated person" means a person whose mental or physical functioning is substantially impaired as a result of the use of alcoholic beverages.

"Patient" means any person admitted to a facility.

"Private facility" means a facility other than one operated by the Federal Government, the State of New Jersey or any political subdivision thereof.

"Public facility" means a facility operated by the State of New Jersey or any political subdivision thereof.

"Treatment" means services and programs for the care or rehabilitation of intoxicated persons and alcoholics, including, but not limited to, medical, psychiatric, psychological, vocational, educational, recreational, and social services and programs.

L.1975, c. 305, s. 2.

26:2B-9. Division of alcoholism; establishment; director; assistant; officers and employees
There is hereby established in the Department of Health a Division of Alcoholism under the direction of a division director. The director shall be an individual with training and experience in such areas as public administration or public health or rehabilitation and training in the social sciences or a qualified professional with training or experience in the treatment of behavioral disorders or medical-social problems, or in the organization or administration of treatment services for persons suffering from behavioral disorders or medical-social problems.

There shall be an assistant to the director, who shall have experience in the field of alcoholism.

The director and his assistant shall be appointed by the commissioner, with the consent of the public health council.

The commissioner shall appoint and may remove such officers and employees of the division as he may deem necessary. There shall be an administrator of each facility operated by the department pursuant to this act. Each such administrator shall be a person qualified by training and experience to operate a facility for the treatment of alcoholics or intoxicated persons. The commissioner may establish such other positions in the division and employ such consultants as he may deem appropriate. Except as otherwise provided by law, all offices and positions in the division shall be subject to the provisions of Title 11, Civil Service; provided, however, that the provisions of said title shall not apply to the director, physicians and psychiatrists who have full medical-psychiatric, as opposed to administrative responsibility; and provided, further, and notwithstanding the preceding proviso or any other provision of law, that all offices and positions, which as a condition of receiving Federal grants for programs and activities to which Federal standards for a merit system of personnel administration relate and make necessary the application of provisions of the Civil Service law, shall be subject to the provisions of Title 11, Civil Service, if such Federal standards are uniform in all states.