(a) The department shall designate certain mental health facilities that shall have the authority to receive respondents for evaluation, admission, detention, treatment and discharge pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
(b) The department shall establish standards of care and services to be rendered by each designated mental health facility and shall certify those facilities designated to provide evaluation, admission, detention, treatment and discharge.
(c) The probate judges of the State of Alabama may commit respondents, who meet the criteria for involuntary commitment, to a designated mental health facility. Provided, however, that such designated mental health facility shall not be required to accept a committed respondent if they are unable to provide proper services and treatment.
(d) The designated mental health facilities shall have the authority to contract with public or private mental health facilities, subject to approval by the department, for care and treatment of committed respondents.