§385. Deposit of residents' funds; disbursements; interest
A. The Department of Veterans Affairs is authorized to be a depository for funds belonging to the residents of its healthcare facilities. The department may accept funds for deposit and shall issue receipts therefor and maintain the corpus of any such funds for the use and benefit of the resident in whose name the deposit is made. Any such funds held on deposit shall be considered as being on deposit with the Department of Veterans Affairs and no bond shall be required.
B. Disbursement of funds in a resident's account shall only be made on order of the resident with the following exceptions:
(1) When a resident has been judicially interdicted, disbursement of funds in his account shall only be made on order of the court having jurisdiction over him.
(2) When funds are deposited in a resident's account on his behalf by a governmental agency or other person with restrictions, disbursement of funds shall only be made as so authorized by such agency or person.
C. Interest earned on funds deposited with the Department of Veterans Affairs as provided in R.S. 29:385(A) and any private donations so designated shall be deposited in a resident's recreation and welfare fund and shall be expended by the department for the recreation and general welfare of all residents of its healthcare facilities. The Veterans' Affairs Commission shall establish by rule appropriate guidelines and policies with respect to the expenditure of such funds.
Added by Acts 1981, No. 285, §1; Acts 2004, No. 392, §1, eff. June 23, 2004.