APRNs and authority to order holds
The Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act defines examiner and health officer (see Minnesota Statute section 253B.02, subdivisions 7 and 9) and the authorities of each. An APRN certified in mental health qualifies as an examiner and is allowed to issue an Examiner Emergency Hold (72 hour hold). Any other APRN without a mental health certification is considered a health officer. A health officer may exercise the peace or health officer authority. (See Minnesota Statute section 253B.05, subd. 2.) The peace health officer authority is only a transport hold that allows a person to be taken to a treatment facility to be seen by an examiner to determine the need for an Examiner Emergency Hold Order.
The law became effective August 1, 2005. Full text of the law may be obtained from the Revisor's website at: