317 Shell Road
Carneys Point, NJ 08069
Fax (856) 299-2799
Michael M. Mulligan, Esq.
The County Adjuster is responsible for the scheduling of court hearings for anyone with mental illness admitted to a state, county or private psychiatric hospital. Unless a client has private counsel, a Public Advocate is assigned to represent the client at the hearing. These hearings, by law, must be held within 20 days of confinement for an adult and 14 days of confinement for a minor. Until the client is discharged a review hearing of the client’s commitment status is held on a regular basis.
Each county is responsible to cover the cost of care for its residents. The County Adjuster, acting as referee of the Court, investigates the residency and ability to pay of those admitted to these hospitals and reports those findings to the Superior Court. The Superior Court then issues an Order, which indicates if Salem County or the State of New Jersey is financially responsible and also the amount, if any, the patient or relative is responsible to pay. Anyone admitted to a state or county facility remains liable for their full cost of care.
The County Adjuster assists state and local police departments in completing mental health record searches as part of the firearms permit application process.
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