(1) This section applies if a person detained at a treatment centre under a detention and treatment order—
(a) is absent from the treatment centre without leave granted under section 33; or
(b) has been granted leave of absence under section 33 but—
(i) the person fails to return to the treatment centre at the expiry of the leave; or
(ii) the leave is revoked.
(2) For the purposes of returning the person to the treatment centre, an authorised person may at any time—
(a) subject to section 37, enter any premises in which the authorised person reasonably believes the person may be found; and
(b) apprehend the person.
Section 38 provides powers to restrain or sedate a person if either or both are necessary to enable the person to be safely returned to the treatment centre.
(3) The senior clinician or the manager of the treatment centre must take all reasonable steps to inform the following of the person's absence without leave—
(a) the person's nominated person;
(b) if applicable, the person's guardian.
(4) In this section, an "authorised person" means—
S. 34(4)(a) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 153.2).
(a) a police officer; or
(b) an ambulance paramedic; or
(c) a person who provides non-emergency patient transport services in accordance with a licence granted under section 5(1) of the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Act 2003 ; or
(d) the senior clinician or the manager of the treatment centre; or
(e) any other person who is authorised to apprehend the person by the senior clinician or the manager of the treatment centre.