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Except as otherwise provided by law or by contract all aid rendered shall be a charge against the patient, the patient’s spouse, or the patient’s parents when the patient is a minor, and they shall be jointly and severally liable to pay the costs thereof. Parents shall not be liable for care of children 15 years of age or older living separate and apart from the parents and managing their own financial affairs unless such parents have requested or consented to such care of their child or children. The Agency Director or designated representative, and the Director of Revenue and Recovery, or designated representative, are hereby authorized to use appropriate means to collect repayment of costs from patients and responsible relatives, including securing payment by requiring execution and filing of liens consistent with Welfare & Institutions Code section 17109 and any other applicable statutory provisions.
(Added by Ord. No. 9704 (N.S.), effective 3-10-05; amended by Ord. No. 9920 (N.S.), effective 4-10-08; amended by Ord. No. 10477 (N.S.), effective 5-25-17; amended by Ord. No. 10532 (N.S.), effective 5-24-18; amended by Ord. No. 10600 (N.S.), effective 5-30-19)