Psychiatric Hospital Law and Legal Definition

Psychiatric hospital means a hospital for the care and treatment of mentally incompetent or unbalanced persons. It is also called a mental hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum, and asylum.

According to 42 USCS § 1395x (f), the term "psychiatric hospital" means an institution which :

(1) is primarily engaged in providing, by or under the supervision of a physician, psychiatric services for the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill persons;

(2) satisfies the requirements of paragraphs (3) through (9) of subsection (e);

(3) maintains clinical records on all patients and maintains such records as the Secretary finds to be necessary to determine the degree and intensity of the treatment provided to individuals entitled to hospital insurance benefits under part A [42 USCS §§ 1395c et seq.]; and

(4) meets such staffing requirements as the Secretary finds necessary for the institution to carry out an active program of treatment for individuals who are furnished services in the institution.

In the case of an institution which satisfies paragraphs (1) and (2) of the preceding sentence and which contains a distinct part which also satisfies paragraphs (3) and (4) of such sentence, such distinct part shall be considered to be a "psychiatric hospital".